Friday, May 17, 2013

A Cocktail & Convo With TBTB -- Book to Movie Adaptions

 Every other Thursday (errrr Friday this week) here at the Broke & The Bookish is  A Cocktail & Conversation time. One of the TBTB members will pose a question to 2-3 of the other members of TB&TB crew about books, life, music, etc and then they'll answer and we can converse about it. So grab a cocktail & cozy up for some conversation. It's 5 o'clock somewhere, friends.

Julia Asks:

What is your favorite movie that is based on a book?

Lori says:  Ooh!  Good one!  There are so many books to movies that I have actually enjoyed.  But I think I will go with To Kill a Mockingbird.  I think that they did a great job of capturing the heart of the story.  The music was great.  The casting was great.  I think shooting in black and white was a perfect choice to bring out the simplicity of Macomb.  Gregory Peck absolutely stole the show with his portrayal of Atticus.  He got the character right down to the gesture.  And, according to, he brought Harper Lee to tears with how much he reminded her of her father--the model for the character.  I think that as far as books to movies go, this is definitely one of the best in terms of sticking to the book and in terms of overal cinematic greatness.

Paula says: Oh gosh- I'm going to have to pick two. First off: Coraline. I read the book in college - and even though it's targeted for young adult- it still managed to give me the heebeejeebees. The movie perfectly captured the childhood nightmare quality of Neil Gaiman's book. And from a technical point of view - the fact that it's all stop motion and hand made is so awesome to me. Someone actually knit all of Coraline's tiny clothes!
Second (and more recent): Cloud Atlas. This is my favorite book- I have a quote from it above my book shelf... I've written posts about it here. I was terrified that a movie would ruin it. But no- I was a mess of tears (of joy) the whole time. It brought to life (and brought new aspects to-) a book I have loved so much for so long.  

Jamie says: To be honest, very recently I watched Perks of Being A Wallflower and it trumps any of my past favorite book-to-movie adaptions. It was AMAZING and I couldn't have asked for anything better out of a movie. I felt so many FEELS like I did with the book way back when I read it in 2004 (I think). I do think that helped that I hadn't read it recently but remembered the important parts but didn't critique it too closely in the details. But seriously that movie was amazing and even  Will liked it and we rarely agree on movies.

For an encore on July 9th we have best & worst book to movie adaptations slated for Top Ten Tuesday! To get your brain warmed up for that tell us YOUR all time favorite book to movie adaptation!


  1. I re-read The Perks of Being a Wallflower (for the third or fourth time) before the movie came out, and I thought the movie adaption was spot-on. Emma Watson was brilliant, and the cinematography when Charlie broke down brought me to tears. Excellent adaption.

  2. I loved the Perks movie too! It was so good!

  3. Coraline was amazing! Excatly the same macabre feel I got when reading the book. I thought they absolutely nailed it and I was so happy to see that. It's always nice to find out that your favourite book has not been absolutely butchered by a bad movie adaptation.

  4. Easy: Blade Runner based on Philip K. Dick's "Do Cyborg's Dream of Electric Sheep". And I have only seen the original, apparently the director's cut is thought to be a much better movie.

  5. My favorite movie based off a book... hummmm. I am sure a lot of people will use Harry Potter. Which yes I loved. But I want to think of something else. The Lord of the Rings films were really good. I didn't like the Hobbit so much though. I am really getting excited about Ender's Game. I hope that is good. The trailer looks like they might do some of the scenes justice. I am also excited to see World War Z... love that book. Looks like I got off topic talking about future movies!!! :)


    Angela's Anxious Life

  6. I have to say Lord of the Rings. The movies were amazing! While parts of the books could drag on, the movies were so well done with making sure it didn't cut out too much. I think it's one of the few book to movie adaptations where I actually liked the movie more than the book.


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