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02 August 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

Hosted by Madeleine at Scribble and Edit

Question: How many works of fiction have you seen BOTH the film/TV drama and read the original bookplay or comic story?

Answer: I got going on these, and even sneaked a peek at a few other entries to jog my memory, but as I went along I started second-guessing myself: Did I really see that, or did I just imagine it? Did I really read it? Who am I?

So, here you have it: A list of the books/plays I've read and then seen the adaptation, plus a couple that I did the other way around.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Father of the Bride

Fiddler on the Roof

Great Expectations

Harry Potter 1-4

Hello, Dolly! (Read (memorized, more like) the musical and The Matchmaker, the original play the musical is based on)

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Jane Eyre

King Lear

Les Miserables (I only made it halfway through the book, though)

Little House on the Prairie

Little Women (multiple versions, again)


Mary Poppins

Oliver! (This would be the musical version)

Oliver Twist

Our Town

Peanuts (read the cartoons, watch the specials)

Peter Pan

Pride and Prejudice

Prince Caspian

Ramona (the miniseries from the '80s)

Romeo & Juliet

The Colour of Magic

The Hobbit

The Homecoming/The Waltons (The Homecoming was the story-turned-play-turned-movie (those last two steps may have been the other way around) that became The Waltons. The original pilot had all the same actors for the children but different ones for the parents & Grandpa Walton.)

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (about 4 versions now!)

The Little Princess

The Lord of the Rings

The Man Who Came to Dinner

The Night of the Twisters

The Princess Bride

The Princess Diaries

The Rats of NIMH

The Secret Garden

The Sound of Music

The Trouble with Angels

What's a good one that you've read/seen that I left off?


Misha said...

I forgot about Princess Diaries, although I don't know if it counts, because I only read the first book.


Cindy said...

I can only think of ones that aren't as well known. Like "Dune" and "Not without my Daughter"

You've covered all the classic ones as far as I can tell.

Rachel Morgan said...

Thanks for reminding me about A LITTLE PRINCESS. I watched that movie about a zillion times when I was little :-)

nutschell said...

That's a pretty good list! I think except for Eragon, I read all the books first before watching the movie version.

erica and christy said...

When we go through a movie store, I always have to ask hubby "Have we seen this??" I'm horrible that way. Yours is a really long list!

Arlee Bird said...

I didn't have any of these on my list although I almost included Pride and Prejudice (1940 film version). You have a few that I've seen, but I haven't read many of them at all.

Tossing It Out

Su said...

@Misha: Well, I'm still reading my way through them, so I'm calling it close enough.

@Cindy: I tried Not Without My Daughter in both book and movie form. Couldn't do it.

@Rachel: The newer version of the movie made my grandpa cry the first time he saw it!

@Nutschell: I think I have 4 or 5 that I saw the movie first... all the rest I read first.

@erica: Me, too. Chad doesn't really like taking me along when choosing movies. ;) My list wouldn't have been so long without the help of everyone else's posts!

@Arlee: I'm going to have to come see your list!

Jennifer Hillier said...

Awww, Little House on the Prairie! I read all the books when I was a kid, and I was in love with the TV show. (And, uh, I might still watch it once in awhile if there's a repeat on somewhere...)

KimberlyJ said...

I really want to read The Help and then rent the movie when it comes out on DVD. I read 1984 before seeing all versions of that movie, and I read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy "Trilogy" before watching the original TV series and the movie. Oh yes, I also read Terry Pratchett's Discworld books (Rincewind series) then watched The Color of Magic and the movie was a huge disappointment.

Su said...

@Jennifer: I watch it, too. But only some episodes... since I've seen more or less all of them, I know when it's one I can skip. ;)

@Kimberly: I agree on The Colour of Magic. It's kind of funny, when I look at this list, just how many movies made from books that I've seen, since I usually don't like them. :/ I remembered this earlier when Under the Tuscan Sun came on... the movie is a completely different story than the one in the book.

Joanne said...

The lion the witch and the wardrobe
was one of my faves when I was a little girl! Great list.
Blessings, Joanne

Su said...

Me, too! Thanks!

Marcus said...

Which "Great Expectations" do you mean? I liked the Ethan Hawke version, with Gwyneth Paltrow and DeNiro.

Jenny said...

I've read and seen a bunch of those, but not all of them. I'll have to check out the ones I haven't. I have such a long list I don't think I could name them all! :)
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Anonymous said...

I really liked both the book and the movie of "A Wrinkle in Time", though I saw somebody else on the blogfest marking it as a bad movie.

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Su said...

@Marcus: Well, it wasn't that one. Whatever boring version my freshman English teacher made us watch.

@Jenny: Quite a few of mine were, like Great Expectations, ones we read in school and then watched the movie. And thanks for the award!

@kelworth: I thought about A Wrinkle in Time, because I know I saw the movie, but can't remember whether I read the book. It was one of the ones I second-guessed myself on and finally gave up!