Friday, May 27, 2011

Blog Hopping!

I haven't blog hopped in quite a while, but I love this week's question and I've got time to check out some new blogs now, so I'm joining in!  If you want to play along, head over to Crazy for Books for the rules! 

This week's question is:
"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"

I'm not usually a fan of book to movie adaptations, but there are exceptions to every rule.  I am a HUGE fan of the book and the movie Big Fish.  The book (by Daniel Wallace) is excellent and I was thrilled to get to meet Daniel Wallace and get two signed copies of the book - one for me and one for my dad.  As much as I love the book, this is one case where I actually liked the movie more.  The movie completely captured the magic of the book and the father's story.  Plus, the casting was absolutely perfect.  And it definitely didn't hurt to have Ewan McGregor in a starring role. 

There are a TON of adaptations I've hated, but the one I dislike the most is the BBC version of Othello starring Anthony Hopkins.  First of all, having a white actor play the character of Othello really annoyed me, especially since I thought the makeup crew did a terrible job of darkening Hopkins' skin.  I also think Hopkins is hit or miss as an actor, and he wasn't able to do justice to the character.  It also didn't help that I can't picture him as anyone other than Hannibal Lechter (another exception to the bad movie adaptation rule - I love Silence of the Lambs as a movie). 

What about you?  Which adaptations have you enjoyed, Reader Friends, and which let you down?


  1. Great answer! My opinion seems to be pretty popular today, with Harry Potter. Have a good week!

  2. Big Fish!!! I love that movie and now can't believe I've never read the story. Um.... plan to fix that immediately. :)

  3. I agree with your dislikes. I had to watch that version of Othello in high school and it was awful!

  4. I have seen lots of answers today but this is a first. I have never heard of Big Fish!

    Here is my Follow Friday

  5. I didn't realize Big Fish is a book. My favorite is a series, and not HP, though it is probably second.

    Happy Friday!

    ~Shalena @ Writer Quirk

  6. Let’s kick off Memorial Day Weekend with some scandal and controversy.

    I absolutely loved every minute of the Lord of the Rings films and felt they hit the mark when they brought Tolkien’s masterpiece to the big screen.
    (ducking as rotten tomatoes are thrown at me as the torches are lit and the pitchforks raised)

    Wait, wait. I can explain! Hop on over to my blog and hear me out –

    Howard A. Sherman, Implementor

  7. I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and I have mixed feelings about the movies. The books are obviously better, but the movies would probably be hard to follow if you didn't read the books. A lot of my favorite parts of the movies were cut, but I understand that every single thing can't be left in the movie.

  8. Jo and Shalena: Definitely make it a point to read Big Fish. They did an excellent job of adapting it to screen, and the visuals of the movie made it even better.

    Denise: that version fo Othello ruined BBC for me during college. I only forgave them when I started watching Dr. Who!