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What’s Your Favorite “Book to Film”?

We asked the Read It Forward community on Facebook, “What’s your favorite book-to-film adaption?”

An overwhelming majority of RIFers named To Kill a Mockingbird as their favorite.

“I think the most dramatic moment in cinema history is when Finch walks out of the courtroom head bowed, defeated,” says RIFer Zed’s Aunt. “As he passes the gallery rises and then the minister says, (I’m paraphrasing here) ‘Scout your father is passing.’ There is something about that scene that brings me to tears.”

RIFer Cecilia E. agrees. “Perfect adaptation and screenplay, impeccable casting. They really did the book justice and the interpretation from novel to movie was flawless. Still one of my all-time favorites (both versions).”

“I taught the book and film together every year to my ninth grade English classes and NEVER got tired of it! It was full of many wonderful lessons,” says RIFer Kay H. “I’d read the first few chapters aloud to them, and I believe most were hooked by then and read it all the way through.”

What’s your favorite book-to-film adaptation? Leave a comment!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kira.walton Kira Walton

    I loved LIFE OF PI when I read it years ago and my book club had an amazing discussion about the ending (which of Pi’s stories was the “real story”?). I was skeptical that a movie could do justice to such a magical book. But Ang Lee’s film was gorgeous – and, most importantly, it stayed true to the story’s mystery and left the most important questions unanswered.

  • Cheryll

    Wow, that’s a hard one – I’d have to say A Time To Kill but also The Green Mile, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, The Wizard Of Oz and too many more to go on.

    • RadosRH

      Ooh, Green Mile – that’s a good one. — Kate

  • http://www.facebook.com/emilysaracohen Emily Cohen

    I do love the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, but it wasn’t entirely true to the story. I’m just a stickler for details! Based on that, I would give my pick as The Silence of the Lambs, as it was nearly 100% faithful to the book.

  • http://twitter.com/4StephanieD Stephanie D’Aquila

    The Notebook, which was beautifully adapted for the screen!

  • Ladytaka

    The dark half by Stephen king was almost word for word and thrilling book or movie!!

  • JT

    The Help did a great job getting the story from book to film almost perfect. The characters were the best!

  • sue c.

    The Help!!!!!

  • MissSusie

    Rebecca is #1 then would be Sarah’s Key

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathy.cilley.10 Kathy Cilley

    The Stand by Stephen King.

  • http://www.facebook.com/julia.walter.904 Julia Walter

    While TKaM is very, very good, The Lord of the Rings movies are AMAZING adaptations!

    • RadosRH

      Agree – do you think The Hobbit lived up to TLOTR’s book to film standard?

      • http://www.facebook.com/julia.walter.904 Julia Walter

        I loved The Hobbit while I was watching it, but haven’t felt the need to see it again and again as I did with LOTR. So, no.

        • Kate_at_RIF

          Yeah I hear ya. I tried to re-watch Hobbit on a cross-country flight, but couldn’t do it. But LOTR marathon on a rainy Sunday? I’m ALL over it!

  • swansonkl

    I still love “Gone With The Wind”.

  • sharon

    All-time best: The Godfather!!

  • D March

    I really enjoyed seeing Fight Club go from book to screen, and even thought the film elevated the story of the novel, which is rare in my opinion.

  • Angela Benidamou

    My absolute fav book to movie is Wuthering Heights. It’s an oldie but goodie.

  • Yael

    The Help was very well done as a movie. Very true to the book. I also like the Harry Potter series.

  • Vicki_S_N

    Definitely The Wizard of Oz, The Notebook, The Stand and The Help.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KathyTyger Kathy Tyger Totten

    Mystic River

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.braun.10 Susan Feibush Braun

    I agree, To Kill a Mockingbird was my absolute favorite to make the transition.

  • http://twitter.com/muzver Malee Hearin

    I’d vote for The Life of Pi, what a beautiful incredible film.

  • Pam H.

    I love the story of “The Help”.

  • Barb

    Just finished Life of Pi and then saw the movie which followed the book very closely.

  • sinera

    il gattopardo . to read the book or to see the film is almost the same: a wonderful experience

  • D’Ambra

    I agree with all the posts great adaptation but I’d have to say my favorites are the Twilight Saga and all of Nicholas Sparks especially Dear John!!

  • Daphne Trumps

    I think The Perks of Being a Wallflower was dead on to the book, thanks in great part to the director, who also actually wrote the book. I liked the book, but the film really helped me to understand the characters. Charlie is definitely an unreliable narrarator, so seeing the way other people acted around him, reacted to him, actually was very helpful to understanding their motivation and the overal story.

  • Bj Lng

    My favorite was “Sophie’s Choice”

    Saw the movie, then had to read the book.
    A very close second , was “Say a Prayer for Owen Meany”. . ( read the book first on that one, and the movie didn’t dissappoint)

    , was the Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. – the characters even resembled what I had pictured in my mind.

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    • D. R. Chazan

      Sorry to correct you but the book is called “A Prayer for Owen Meany” and the movie was called “Simon Birch” which Irving wasn’t himself happy with (although it wasn’t a bad film).

  • Camille Toews

    Carrie and Pet Cemetary were good…so was The Godfather. ALso liked Rich Man, Poor Man ( I know- it was a TV series – but was really well done – fell in love with Nick Nolte)

  • Mark Linnell

    One of the best for kids is of course the making of diary of a wimpy kid books into movies!

  • Lolita Van Winkle

    The Outsiders

  • laurie blum

    The Great Gatsby 3D

  • Jane

    The Help

  • Debby Chandler

    My very favorite was Gone With the Wind.

  • Sandy Steckler

    I think Lord of the Flies was good.

  • Elizabeth

    One of my favorite series of all time is the Anne of Green Gables series. Reading them like wrapping oneself in a soft blanket and sitting by a fire drinking coffee- pure contentment. The movies are just as cozy – pure, clean, feel good.

  • Melissa Amster

    “Where the Heart is” by Billie Letts. I liked the movie even better than the book.

  • Cindy

    Its so hard to make a great movie from a book but there are a couple that I did enjoy and that is The Stand – Stephen King and The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks.

  • joethequarterback

    Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

  • Trooper

    The Perfect Storm

  • Barb

    The Twilight Saga’s are my favorite, also Gone With the Wind and the Notebook. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was about 99% true to the book, done very well.

  • Nancy

    To Kill a Mockingbird – definitely my favorite.

  • soonerstorm

    Silence of the Lambs

  • Carmen

    One of the most brilliant adaptations, in my opinion, was Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The book was brilliant and the movie was so incredibly thought out by Eastwood-I have watched it over and over and still see new elements of his genius. Using the actual people to play in the movie, the entire score constructed from Johnny Mercer’s music, down to Jim William’s idiosyncrasies. Grossly overlooked by many.

  • http://www.sagatrope.com/ Anderson Evans

    Midnight Cowboy! I think James Leo Herlihy is way underrated. His novel All Fall Down got made into a movie, but I’d skip that flick and just read the book.

  • Emily Ansara Baines

    To Kill A Mockingbird. Always and forever. My favorite book, my favorite movie, my favorite film score.

  • Kez

    Will be always and forever, Romeo & Juliet (the Baz Luhrmann movie with Leo and Claire)….to meld the original Shakespeare verses with model cinematography, always is stunning to watch.

  • Janet

    The Help! I thought the actors chosen were just perfect in their roles, and the story, while not exactly like the book in every detail, was faithful. Loved both! I’m ready to read The Help again….

  • Cheryl

    My favorite adaptation was “like Water for Chocolate”

  • Beckie

    I normally always like the books better than movies, but there have been good adaptations of quite a few and hard to narrow down! I loved LOTR movies, and Chronicles of Narnia. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was also great. Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so on…so many! Although I prefer movies to stay true to the books, The Shining was also a great movie, even with the changes from the book added in.

  • Kathy H

    I loved Stardust – both the movie adaptation and the book by Neil Gaiman.

  • Darielle

    I would say Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The movie, though not exact to the book, portrays the hilarity and goofiness that the book originally portrayed. And seeing the characters interact and come to life is wonderful.

  • Mary

    Another good one was True Grit. The newer version of the movie was pretty true to the book.

  • Vito69

    Ben Hur, great book and movie!

  • Ann kennedy

    I liked “one flew over the cuckoos nest”. By Ken Kesey,
    ook and movie were great.

  • http://www.superdumbsupervillain.com/ superdumb

    A Room With A View

  • Maureen

    moe
    I loved “The Girl with the Golden Tattoo!” I read the book first and then saw the movie. The characters were true to the book.

    • Barbara

      I agree the movie was very true to the book and the actors were great in it!

  • happyoregongirl

    Martin Scorsese’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE was a perfect translation of a book to film, in my opinion. Edith Wharton earned the Pulitzer Prize for her novel and in the hands of Scorsese the story luminously came to life. The casting of Daniel Day Lewis was perfect. The performances, photography, art direction and even the original music were all exquisite. I love the book and love the film, equally…

  • Amber

    The Notebook of course!!

  • auntiedee

    I will have to say my favorite book that was turned into a movie would have to be “The Blind Side”. It was a very moving movie showing how life is real and everyone is not born into money but sometimes all it takes is for someone to care and do something out of the ordinary for them. They took a person into their home that they knew nothing about except that their son saw him around school. I say that isn’t something that happens all the time.

  • Amber

    The Notebook!!!

  • Rosina Hodges

    My favorite book was The Help is a timeless story about the ability to create change ·

  • Tammy Eichen

    I liked Kiss the Girls. It’s fun to see which actors are chosen for the parts and how they differ/are alike what I had pictured in my mind as I was reading the book. Plus, I love Morgan Freeman!

  • dwilliamslibrarylady

    Schindler’s list. The movie portrayed the struggle very well.

  • kaye

    Pride and prejudice with Colin Firth is a wonderful can’t miss version of a wonderful can’t miss book !

  • pawla

    My favorite book to movie would have to be Cujo. Although the movie was unable to get into the dog’s psyche as well as the book, I was still enthralled while watching it late one night with only my 140 pound Saint Bernard, Bubba, as company!

  • MG

    The Help was great. Life of Pi…was good adaptation….

  • Hayley

    My absolute favorite book-to-movie adaptation is Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer…There’s nothing that I don’t love 100% about the book and the movie.

  • Donna V

    Dances with Wolves was such a great book that it definitely needed a film version. That being said, the book did a much better job of capturing the time and effort put into teaching a language and at the same time establishing a relationship and building trust.

  • Mande

    Oh definitely The Green Mile by far!

  • Carolyn

    My favorite book and movie is for sure Gone With The Wind. Scarlett is such a strong and powerful person. Just love it all the way around.

  • jmt1002

    Definitely “The Notebook”!!

  • pam

    I love Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. The movie follows the book to a tee.

  • DCooper

    ‘TELL NO ONE’ – by Harlan Coben. The French film based on this novel was phenomenal and so close to the text. It’s also on Netflix now! :)

  • Adriana Gutierrez

    Hello, My name is Adriana.I am a book fanatic. I love a good read and would love to tell you about this great Book/movie.
    Blood and Chocolate
    I read the book when I was still in high school. The movie came out a couple years later! I was so excited and was one of the greatest movies/book production ever. I am a huge book worm and am frequently looking for the next read. But this one has stayed in my mind for years. It made a great impression on me and I would recommend it to those that love a good read.

  • Zie’l

    To Kill A Mockingbird, Green Mile, Gone With The Wind.

  • oneluv201 .

    I loved the Lovely Bones even tho the ending in the book was better. Also my Sister Keeper, P.S i love you..etc

  • cginn

    The Help is definitely my favorite!

  • Linda

    favorite movie based on a book I would have to say Sahara. It introduced me to Clive Cussler adventures. I then went on to read many more of the adventures by him.

  • misscallie2005

    My favorite so far is Lord of the Rings. I haven’t seen The Hobbit yet, so I can’t compare that one. But LOTR was just amazing in how close they were.

  • Gayle Glisson

    “Gone With The Wind” The best~~~the classic.

  • Eric Peterson

    It’s not my favorite but the film adaption of “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz is pretty spot on. I had only one criticism as to how one character got tweeked but that is minor. I’m just glad the last hurdles to it being released seemed to have been cleared for a release early next year. Now I’m waiting to see the film adaption of “Horns” by Joe Hill.

  • Kim Hunt Thompson

    I would have to say ‘A Walk To Remember”. My favorite book (Firefly Lane), however, hasn’t been made into a movie yet.

  • Dyan

    Pride and Prejudice!

  • Sophie Yvonne Soriano Forquer

    Absolute best was Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg. And soon to be Story of Edgar Sawtelle by Wroblewski. I wish they’d start making the Labyrinth of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • onyxspider

    Lord of the Rings trilogy for sure. :)

  • thefreckledginger

    fight cllub

  • Sharla Keslar

    Harry Potters…… excellent job bring characters to life especially considering how much they had to cut out

  • Sha

    Joy Luck Club
    Raise the Red Lantern

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    Roots was a superb book, and the made-for-tv movie was equally as good.

  • Yvonne Gillen Young

    Roots novel to made-for-tv movie, The Color Purple, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Exorcist, Sarah’s Key, Atonement, to name just a few that I liked from book to movie.

  • Mick

    The Witches for nostalgia purposes, haha. Or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo springs to mind as the latest.

  • debra

    Gone with the wind, is my all time favorite

  • macramegirl

    Perks of being a wallflower is to me the closest movie they have made from a book.

  • Grandma Linda

    To Kill a Mockingbird certainly is high on the list. Have to say my favorite is probably Gone With the Wind! I’m a sucker for the old epic films. More recently, the Harry Potter films rank high in my books not only personally but because of the way kids reacted by either starting to read the books or wanting to continue reading them. That’s a win, in my book!

  • Cheryl Bowman

    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx. Kevin Spacey was awesome as Quoyle and I love the setting in Newfoundland.

  • JenCP

    My absolute favorite is “Motorcycle Diaries”, both the book and movie are a wonderful portrayal of Che Guevara. It ignites the wonderlust in us all!

  • Geri Wall

    bridges of madison county

  • Lindsey

    My favorite would be Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility

  • MaryAnn Scully

    I loved the book Life of Pi and was very impressed by the movie. My all time favorite book is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and I loved the BBC version with Colin Firth. Which reminds me of the book The Jane Austen Book Club, one of my favorites.. The film has become a favorite also; it’s great to see readers talking about reading.

  • Kim

    Time to Kill

  • Frankie

    My favorite book to film is The Notebook or A Walk to remember.

  • Jessica Harmon

    The Princess Bride. I couldn’t get through the book, but the movie is perfect. For a book I loved: The Hunger Games. The way they did the reality tv angle was great.

  • LDuffn

    The Color Purple

  • Lori L

    My favorite book to film is Twelve Years a Slave

  • cyvigne

    I think I’ll go for A walk to rememberby Nicholas Sparks. It’s one of the few movies that I found a little bit better than the original story (novel). I like the ending though it made me sad.

  • philip obeng danquah

    I have read so many books but the book that changed my life was the 7 principles of highly effective people

  • Paula

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I have to admit that I watched the movie first when I was younger and only read the book within the last 10 years. I did the same with Gone With the Wind – in both cases, the movie was great but book was better!

  • Hana

    The Secret Garden.
    Love the book, and loved the movie when saw. But of course love the theatre version, esp. musical (which I played in a pit orchestra for). Loved them all!

    Now, I am so enjoying just starting to read all of the other title postings. Makes me intrigued to see some of them (though I am not a big movie watcher). Thanks all! :)

  • Cindy H

    I think Lord of the Rings is certainly one of my favorites. And I really enjoyed Cold Mountain as a movie as well.

  • Julie

    Most of the time I thought the books to be better than the movies. Not that I haven’t enjoyed some of the movies as well, but I am a reader. I do however believe that my favorite so far and the most surprising of all was Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. AMAZING!!! I absolutely loved the books and the movie, A SURPRISE TWIST!!!! was fantastic!!!

    • Barbara

      I agree with you about the Twilight series, You had to read the first book to truly understand the first movie but the rest were dead on to the books. I loved them and have the read the books many times over which I never did with other books!

  • B. J.

    My favorite of all time is Gone With the Wind.

  • Nancy Q.

    I love the book “Eat Pray Love”. The book includes so much detail that I imagine was difficult to adapt into a movie. The movie leaves a lot to be desired.

  • Bedelljp

    I don’t go to the movies as the heroines are never as beautiful, the heroes are not as manly, the bad guys are never as perverted as all are in my mind!

  • DiDi

    Eddie and the Cruisers-I saw the movie first, then read the book. I loved the movie, and so I picked up a copy of Kluge’s book. The Davidsons did an excellent job (imho) of telling the story visually. I admit I didn’t finish the book because there was too much narrative. Love the story, though.

  • Chezley

    The Book Thief, it did not follow the book exactly but overall the pain, violence, determination, and love was shown in the movie!

  • Daniel Albert

    “The Life of Pi” to me compliments the book, and since I read the book first, images from the book immediately came to mind while watching certain scenes. Another book is “Thirteen Reasons Why” which I’m currently reading. The film starring Selena Gomez, as Hannah Baker, is labeled as in production, but according to a recent interview with miss Gomez, she mentioned the crew stopped filming because of movie adaptation difficulties of the book. It seems there are major problems to bring the book to the big screen, but I saw the trailer on You Tube and it looked okay to me. We will see what happens next.

  • Barbara

    I have to say the “Twilight series”, and the “Hunger Games” was just like the book, I thought they were great! Also the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “Water for Elephants”.

  • Wanda

    I didn’t want to see the Harry Potter movies because I didn’t think that any visual could replace those pictures in my imagination, but I was so pleasantly surprised.

  • Ann Broughton

    Gone With The Wind is my favorite.

  • Connie Kline Fischer

    Without a doubt, it would be “Gone With The Wind.” I have never been as pleased with a book-to-film scenario than I have with this movie. They just don’t make them like this anymore.

  • Jason Muckley

    I enjoyed Hollywood’s rendition of The Great Gatsby

  • Chandler Mahoney

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower definetly

  • Kristine Marshall

    Monuments Men. Outstandinbook, movie not too bad. Great at bringing these facts to light.

  • zsuu

    The first Harry Potter book. Some of the other movies, didn’t do right by the book in my opinion.

  • Pj Gaumond

    A Clockwork Orange. I actually saw the movie first and then read the book. The book was better as they usually are. I only wish I had read the book first.

  • Dawn Price Bach

    I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Green Mile. Another one of my favorites is Where the Heart Is-it followed the book very well! The worst movie adaptation of a book I’ve ever seen was Harriet the Spy – Rosie O’Donnell as Ole Golly? No way!

  • Crystal Lynn Watkins

    I know this may sound cheesy, but the new adaptation of “Flowers In The Attic” by V.C. Andrews.. The Lifetime movie stuck to the book and is actually doing the second installment in the series. It was excellent.

  • vminer

    Out of Africa….book by Isak Dinesen, academy award winning movie (1986) starring Meryl Streep. Both were wonderful.

  • aeon_flux

    I loved Nick Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth based on/ inspired by Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, which I also loved.

  • jasmine

    I would have to say ‘The Notebook’.

  • Angela Thompson Alexander

    My favorite book made to movie would have to be the entire Twilight series books. After watching the movies, I decided to sit down and read the books. I was absolutely intrigued by the storyline and how I felt like I was amid the story.

  • Melissa Falk

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- both Swedish and Hollywood versions.

  • Trisha Lawrence Yarascavitch

    I really enjoyed The Help, both the book and the film!

  • Pris

    Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind was my favourite book as a young woman, and the film was memorable.

  • iSummon

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was my favorite. The book was magical and really engulfed me and I think HPSS the movie truly captured that feeling the best out of the entire movie series.

  • Kimberly Westrope

    My Favorite Book is the notebook by Nicholas Sparks and the movie is in my top five. Also Sense & Sensibility (the one with Emma Thompson). Cold Mountain was also very well done.

  • http://thecraftyangel.blogspot.com/ The Crafty Angel

    I will automatically have to say Gone with the Wind. :) I collect various GWTW items–including copies of the book (I have a first year edition–just not a first edition; as well as a 2 volume edition from Vietnam). I also have a quirk–I usually won’t read the book until I’ve seen the film. I know most people do it the other way around…I like the save The Best for last ;) But certainly I have lots of favorites….Harry Potter, to name a more recent one. Wizard of Oz (and all the variants of movies, musicals, etc). The Princess Bride–both book and movie are awesome. I could write a very long post about this subject :)

  • _Starrfire_

    the green mile, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Twilight, the Lord of the Rings, The Last Unicorn, and The Princess Bride.

  • Nikki Kiscaden Everhart

    The Help is my favorite book to film. I love that when I read the book I pictured the characters just as they were featured in the movie!!! Accents and all :)

  • Lindy

    Books are almost always better than the movies and I tend to not watch movies based on books I have read but there are some exceptions. I very much enjoyed the Harry Potter movies and Jurassic Park.

  • Melli

    Pet Sematary! Still to this day remains scary and riveting. Also enjoyed Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith adapted by the BBC.

  • http://mynovelopinion.wordpress.com/ Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    The Green Mile and Stand by Me are two of my favorite movie to book adaptations. With TGM I read the book first and just loved how it was adapted on screen. The actors were spot on! Stand by Me has been a favorite movie of mine for years but I just recently read the novella that it was based on, The Body, and just wish I hadn’t waited so long to read it.

  • Jadorezrg

    The novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” was the first book that I read that deeply affected me. At age 13, it changed the way I viewed the world and it made me a more conscious person. I re-read it in high school for a class assignment and gained further appreciation for it. My teacher screened the film version for us. Though, it didn’t contain everything the novel did, it stayed true to the overall message and themes of the book. The film is a masterpiece. Both the book and film should be required reading and viewing.

  • amy

    I have a rule that I don’t watch movies of books I’ve read & loved b/c most of the movies can’t do the books justice, but my very favorite is Gone With The Wind. The Harry Potter movies are all pretty right on with the books, the books just have more amazing details.

  • ily_2

    I love the Harry Potter Series that was one of a kind and will never be another to top that type of Genre and again if you ask me. Another I love is LOTR, I am a big fan I have watched the movies 100k’s of times and that is no exaggeration, for I fall asleep to at least one of them each night. I also love The Hobbit movies, though, I don’t think they lived up to the LOTR because if you watch the extras Peter Jackson explains that he had 2 years to get the LOTR together but he only had about 5 months to get The Hobbit together. I do believe if he had more time that The Hobbit could have had the potential to have been better than the LOTR due to the advances of technologies. I also love The Hunger Games but I don’t like all that they have left out, they don’t go into detail like they need to and that bothers me a bit. Now if you want to talk about TV shows being put from book to TV, Game of Thrones takes the lead of anything I’ve came across.

  • laviyah

    The Thornbirds

  • pnagle51

    I have a hard time picking a favorite book. I like so many. I really like the Anne of Green Gables books. I read them as an adult and truly enjoyed them.

  • TightLug♥88 ✌

    Well I read all the Twilight Saga books and I loved them all but the last one compared to the movie was amazing similar. The Green Mile was an Equal. I have watched this movie so many times and will many more.

  • Deb Muzik

    The Book Thief

  • RDRA

    The Book Thief and Life of Pi

  • Autumn

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Swedish first, and the US second.

  • Amanda Albert

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. Both the book and the film were beautiful.

    • Michelle Wilczewski

      I had no idea they made that into a film. I’ve tried reading the book a couple times and have had trouble getting into. I’ve heard good things about it, I want to like it. Will have to try again.

  • Seymoure

    Twilight-Partly because I could relate to the area it was filmed in. It was a local filmed movie and the characters were awesome. It was a very interesting saga.

  • Michelle Wilczewski

    Tough question. I can be critical of movie adaptations. I have gotten to the point where I choose not to see the movie. It seems the movies are full of adaptations…have screenwriters lost the ability to create an original screenplay? Is this an awful response? I guess I’ll have to give it more thought.

  • McCoy

    Cold Mountain — loved that book and then loved that movie . . .

  • Buffalogirl

    Cold Mountain..it stayed pretty close to the book (for the most part!)

  • Mandi Macabre

    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

  • Guest

    My favorite book-to-movie movie id definitely

  • Teri Henry

    The Notebook

  • Marjorie

    Can’t argue with To Kill a Mockingbird. If I may, I’d like to name the worst, very worst film made from a GREAT book. City of Joy – loved the book – the movie was just silly/sticky.

  • Laurie207

    Definately was “A Time to Kill” for me

  • D. R. Chazan

    Almost all movies are poor versions of beloved books (not such great books make better movies, actually). However, there are a few that work well. The few that I would pick are “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” “Love in the time of Cholera” and “Cider House Rules”.

  • Tammy Donnelly

    The Godfather

  • LindyLou

    Neverending Story…

  • http://www.notyetread.com/ Pabkins

    Hmm probably The Lord of the Rings books. I felt like they really took their time and tried to include as much as they could (I also adored the cartoons that were made back in the 80′s)

  • Laurie Mitchell-Iglesias

    Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, and Anne of Green Gables.

  • Elizabeth

    It would have to be the Help.

  • tennisislife

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

  • Kay

    Kay
    Gone With the Wind…….The Other Side of the Mountain…The Good Earth to name a few

  • grandmadorfee

    Loved “The Help”. It was very close to the book. I am eagerly awaiting “The Giver”.

  • Cheryl Lucas

    Princess Bride, by William Goldman. I saw the movie before I even knew it was a book and found the that when I read the book the characters rang true.

  • Danielle

    The English Patient, by Michael Ondaatje – so beautifully, poetically written, and Anthony Minghella did a wonderful job capturing this and putting it on the big screen. Only one thing that I was disappointed by was that the relationship between Hana and Kip was much more prominent in the book than the film, but overall the movie was excellent.

  • Kait

    American Psycho and The Great Gatsby, they were both fantastic

  • angelam

    The Lord of the Rings

  • suanne

    Snow Flower And The Secret Fan

  • Christy M. Davis

    Hello everyone my favorite besides The Color Purple was The Notebook. The actors were just as I imagined Noah and Ally to be in my mind.

  • Marqui

    The Firm

  • Flowerchild1994

    “Water for Elephants”

  • Traci Stewart

    So many, but probably any by Stephen King, and I love Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

  • Elaine Lemay

    Delores Claiborne was a great read and the movie followed the book very well

  • Jeanne M

    My favorite book is the same as my favorite play on Broadway and that’s Don Quixote Man of La Mancha! After all what woman wouldn’t love to have a man like Don Quixote who only sees the best of “Dulcinea”! So go forth Don Quixote and seek “the Impossible dream”!

  • Emsy Van Wyck

    Franz Werfel’s The Song of Bernadette

  • Eli Carnley

    To Kill a Mockingbird or Catching Fire, off the top of my head. The opposite question is much easier to answer.

  • http://myohosisters.webs.com/apps/blog/ Nerisa

    My favorite top 5 novels made into my favorite movies are (1)Aqua para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) by author Laura Esquivel (2) The Joy Luck Club by author Amy Tan(3) The Color Purple by author Alice Walker (4) Forrest Gump by author Winston Groom and (5) Cloud Atlas by author David Mitchell.

  • Gabriela

    The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides

  • Shelly Itkin

    The Firm by John Grisham

  • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/blurosemd BluRose

    The Princess Bride

  • MommySmiles

    Twilight!

  • Lewy Hutchinson

    The monuments men by Robert M. Edsel.

  • Martuu Chapman

    I’m going to sound very cheesy or silly, but my favourite book-to-movies are TFIOS and The Help. I also really liked both THG movies and Maze Runner. Let’s not forget about Harry Potter, though!

  • tracy

    Life of Pi book was OK movie was great

  • Justin

    Gotta be Hunger Games

  • Yesenia

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • d-lc

    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery

  • Josh Thomas

    Most recently, Gone Girl. Fantastic adaptation.

  • Cassie2930

    Definitely The Help!

  • 65000C

    This movie has missed some details from original script; since talking about following the script i think hannibal lecter was most close adaptation to script in the jodie foster movie.

  • Cindy

    Gone Girl