Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Picture




With so many book to film adaptations it would have been extremely difficult for me to choose without limits. The 86th Academy Awards will be hosted this Sunday, so what a better way to praise them for all the recognition they have provided artists over the years. 

10. The Godfather (1972) adapted from Mario Puzo's novel of the same name.

Not as good as the sequel, but the tone of the film was beautifully dark. I also have a thing for scripts written by the original writer himself.

9. The Wizard of Oz (1939) adapted from L.Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Following a yellow brick road is a lot easier that following simple arrows. The book might be different than the movie, but the film still packs lots of punch and a great musical score.

8. Terms of Endearment (1983) adapted from Larry McMurtry's novel of the same name.

Loved Shirley in Steel Magnolias, though this film takes the cake. The characters were well crafted, complimenting each other in surprising ways. One of the best Mom/Daughter bond seen on film.

7. Beauty and the Beast (1991) adapted from Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont's story of the same name.

Awkward thing is Jeanne-Marie married a Beast in real life, who took all her dowry money to please his selfish needs until he contracted a disease due to his "party lifestyle" thus releasing her from her duties.

6. The Exorcist (1973) adapted from William Peter Blatty's novel of the same name.

Still recovering from major nightmares.

5. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) adapted from Tennessee Williams' play of the same name.

"Stella!!" "Stella!!"

4. The Color Purple (1985) adapted from Alice Walker's novel of the same name.

Amazing Script. I dare say that, for me, Oprah stole the show.

3. Hugo (2011) adapted from Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Selznick is a talented genius. His illustrations are meant to be hung on walls.

2. Mary Poppins (1964) adapted from P.L.Travers' series

Need to pick up one of the series' book soon. I'm so very curious. Apparently, the movie doesn't resemble the books at all. Sigh!

1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) adapted from J. R. R. Tolkien's novel of the same name.

Saw the movie, loved it, found it quite long. One day I shall challenge myself to read the series.


  1. Oh nice! Definitely LOVE Beauty and the Beast! While pretty different from the original tale it's still a fave Disney movie of mine! Definitely my fave from my childhood! Always thought of myself as Belle back then because I had brown hair and wore it in a pony tail...and I loved books! Never could figure out why the villagers found her odd because she loved to read. Didn't make sense to me at all to my childish mind!

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    1. I know, right! Belle was the only one reader in the village. Poor bookstore guy. He must have gone bankrupt :(

  2. Awesome list! I definitely love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast! I haven't read Mary Poppins but the movie was awesome! And don't get me started about LOTR! The book is just too serious for me! I was barely in page 4 when I gave up!

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  3. Great list!You chose such an interesting topic.I loved Hugo and it was the only movie I watched without reading the book.Shame on me!:)And I love the Lord of the Rings.I've watched the films more than enough times and I really need to re read the books.It's been a while!Thanks for stopping by my blog.Happy Reading!

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    1. You would re-read LOTR. Hum...maybe I should pick it up.

  4. okay, I am horrible. I haven't read a single one of these books to really compare it. I also haven't seen many of these movies. I guess I now have a lot of books to add to my TBR pile!

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  5. Great idea for a list! Mary Poppins and Beauty & the Beast are two of my favorite movies, but I've never read the books they are based on. I am really intrigued by Hugo as well.

    1. At first glance the book is huuuuge but once you see it's mostly images it can be read in an hour or so.

  6. Great list, the only one I've read and seen the movie of was LOTR.

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  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog @Get Lost in Lit last week, I'm sorry for taking so long to drop in! I had no idea The Godfather was a book! I just read The Exorcist but I've never seen the movie. The LOTR was definitely one of the best book-->movie adaptations ever made; I actually think it may have improved the story....Tolkien is great but by modern day writing standards he could have used an editor...The movies movies cut the story down to its important plot points.