Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Page to Screen Adaptation

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted from That Artsy Reader Girl is a Page to Screen Freebie.  I'm always a bit nervous when favorite books or books I've enjoy even slightly are turned into TV shows or movies but here are a few I've enjoyed.

1.  Anne of Green Gables - The 1980s Disney Channel version - So this isn't the most accurate adaptation but it's my favorite.  Megan Follows is the best Anne and I can watch this one and the sequel for ages.  We're not going to talk about the third one though. 

2.  The Alienist on TNT - So this is only a guess because while I read this book it was years ago and I only barely remember it.  But I did enjoy the mini series and it had the same creepy feel that I remember the book having.

3.  Gone Girl - I loved the casting and the story really translated well into film.

4. The first two seasons of Shetland - So this is cheating a bit because I haven't actually read the books but I really loved the seasons that were based on the actual books by Ann Cleeves.  The characters are fantastic and the mysteries kept me hooked.

5.  Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Pretty much any of the film adaptations are pretty good.  Douglas Adams' brand of humor translates well and his time as a screenwriter for Doctor Who is very clear in his style of writing.

6.  Aurora Teagarden series on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries - These are so different from the series by Charlaine Harris but they're such fun and I love Candace Cameron Bure as Aurora.

7.  Murder, She Baked on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries - This is another one that isn't really like the book series but it is such fun and carries the same spirit as the book.

8.  Hercule Poirot BBC adaptations with David Suchet - Suchet is the perfect Hercule Poirot and his love for Agatha Christie's books make it even better.

9.  Casino Royale with Daniel Craig - Almost all of the earlier James Bond movies are just straight up ridiculous but this one not only follows the book pretty closely (with some changes to keep it from seeming too dated) but keeps the feel of the book.

10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - I forgot how much I loved the movie adaptation of this favorite until we rewatched it recently.  The casting was wonderful and they did such a good job with the movie.

What are some of your favorite page to screen adaptation?


  1. Hitchhiker's Guide- I put that one on my list because I really want to give the book another try in 2019, and then watch the adaptation! It just seems like something I'd like! And Shetland- great show!

  2. I really liked Gone Girl too. I thought they did a good job with that one.

  3. That's the only Anne of Gables that I'll watch, the casting is perfection. I haven't watched Gone Girl yet, I think I started it, but didn't finish the movie. I did love the book though.

  4. Ok, i've read and watched all of these but Murder She Baked. Awesome list. i love the Alienist and Poirot. I am a BBC junkie. LOL

  5. Great list! I especially love the Hallmark ones. Those mystery series are so good.

  6. Gone Girl was fairly well done. I didn't see Neil Patrick Harris in the role of Desi but otherwise, great adaption. My husband thought Bradley Cooper would have been a good pick for the husband.

    The Martian with Matt Damon was a great adaption. they changed the end from the book, or added to the story I should say, but that was good. Speaking of movies, did you get to see The Dish yet? I wondered if you all liked it.

  7. The only one I've seen on this list is the Anne of Green Gables adaptation and I agree, it's wonderful. I can't stand to watch any of the others. Megan Follows is the only Anne for me :)

  8. The only book on the list I've read is number 10 and I remember little about the adaptation I watched now! I did like the Casino Royale film but I've never read the Bond books.

  9. I think I actually (re?)read Casino Royale after watching the movie and was impressed at the way they kept the actual spirit of it, torture scene and all. Anne is the greatest, and yes, the old BBC Poirot was terrific as well. Great list!

  10. I love Megan Follows as Anne, too! She will always be my idea of Anne. I always get confused about the tv miniseries/movie thing because every time I have watched the Megan Follows adaptations they were as a miniseries on PBS. What was the third movie? 🎥

    I hated The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as a book, but I loved both the original BBC miniseries and the first big screen movie. I haven't seen the movie adaptations for the other books. How many did they end up doing? 🎦

  11. I wasn't sure about Ben Affleck in Gone Girl but I thought he was good in that and the whole thing was so well done.