Top Ten Best/Worst Movie Adaptations (Top 10 Tuesday)

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For whatever reason, the list of adaptations that I could come up with was pretty short.  I eliminated Harry Potter, because I try very hard not to include Harry Potter or books by John Green (or really, anything I have evangelical zeal about at this point) in my top 10 lists in order to give other books a chance.

So I have three categories. A: The Movie Was Better; B: The Book Was Better; and, C: I Like them Both

The Movie Was Better

  • Scott Pilgrim – I don’t know what my problem with the graphic novels was, but I enjoyed the movie a lot more. 
  • Kick Ass – See Scott Pilgrim
  • Beautiful CreaturesMy problem with the book was it was a lots of tell and not a lot of show. And the lemons. Good lord, the lemons. The movie wasn’t great for me, and it was definitely a movie for those who have read the book, but at least it didn’t go on and on about the bloody lemons.
  • World War Z – Because the book is written like non-fiction, and I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, I got bored about halfway through. That’s really more about me as a reader than it is about the quality of the book. 

The Book Was Better

  • Hitchhiker’s Guide – Oh, this one is so complicated I should do a video about how understanding the universe of the Hitchhiker’s Guide must be akin to the effects of a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster. 
  • The Lightning Thief – Tell me this: how much more interesting is the story when the trio can’t DRIVE across the country? I’ll give you an answer: infinitely.
  • Flowers for Algernon – This made-for-TV movie was just terrible. But it’s still a fantastic story.

I Like Them Both Equally

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower – You can’t miss when the author writes the movie. Sure scenes were left out and things changed a little, but how hard is it to take an epistolary novel and turn it into a movie, anyway? Very different formats, very different media. 
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl FTW. That’s all I need to say abou that.
  • Matilda – My only question is this: Why is the Trunchbull the only person in the movie who is English? Just curious.
  • Fight Club – When I saw this movie, I didn’t know it was a book. When I found out it was a book, I immediately went out and purchased it. Both are amazing. This is probably my favorite novel that is not YA.


  1. I totally agree that the HHGTTG works soooo much better as a book than as a film. Although I do quite like the radio play adaptation… I also agree about Matilda, an awesome film and book. Brilliant picks, I enjoyed hearing your reasons for choosing them.


    • Actually, the radio play came first, so the book is the adaptation, which is one of the things I talked about in the six minutes I cut. There’s a whole long explanation about how the programme got put together at the end of the Audible file. It’s fantastic.


  2. Yes, the Lightning Thief book was SO much better than the movie! As for Beautiful Creatures, I didn’t like the book, but I haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet – hopefully I’ll like it better than the book. Thanks for stopping by my TTT!


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