Guest Post #2 From Blog Tour

My Top 10 Favorite Movie Adaptation of Books I Love…

 

#10 Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding – 2002 movie w/ Renee Zellweger & Colin Firth (This is one of my all-time favorite Rom-Coms!)

#9 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas – 2002 version w/ James Caviezel & Guy Pearce (I love a good period drama and this one doesn’t disappoint.)

#8 Get Shorty by Elemore Leonard – 1995 movie w/John Travolta, Rene Russo, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito & Co.  (This is the very rare movie that I liked even better than the book its adapted from!)

#7 Ten Little Indians by Agatha Christie – 1945 version entitled “And Then There Were None” (This is actually the only movie version that I like, even though they Hollywood-ed the ending.  Still, great movie adaptation!)

#6 The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum – 2002 version with Matt Damon & Franka Potente (Even though it was a modern remake of a book written in a different period, they did it right!  Knew just what to change/update and what to preserve.)

#5 Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – 1940 version w/ Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders & Judith Anderson (Pitch perfect casting elevated this one to classic status.  Even the Hollywood ending didn’t bother me.  It was such a small change until its all good.)

#4 Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen – 1995 version w/ Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, & Co.  (Absolute spot-on adaptation of a classic novel that I adore.  Kudos!)

#3 L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy – 1997 movie w/Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce & Kim Basinger (Kim – the best role of her career in my opinion!  Anti-heroes abound in this one, and I love anti-heroes!  Honestly, the movie is better than the book, which rambles a bit.)

#2 Laura by Vera Caspary – 1944 version w/ Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, & Clifton Webb (OMG Webb stole every scene he was in!  And there’s a nicely done shocker mid-movie.  Great Book too!)

#1 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler –  1946 version w/ Bogart & Bacall (The book makes no more sense than the movie.  I’m still a bit clueless as to who killed whom.  Both book and movie are what I like to call “double-cross” stories, where everyone is out for themselves and allegiance changes with the wind.  Its impossible to tell who’s lying, who killed who and why, but…Still, I love both the book and love the movie adaptation.)

D. Alyce Domain