Welcome to Author Savita Kalhan. I thrilled to have her here to do a guest post as part of The Teen Book Scene Blog Tour for her book The Long Weekend. She’s going to be sharing her favorite Book to Movie Adaptations.
Savita’s Top Ten Favourite Movies that were made from books:
I love books and I love films, but I’ve always worried when a favourite book has been made into a film. Invariably, I will think that it can never be as good as the book, and usually I’m right. The book is always better than the film, but that’s not to say that there haven’t been good movies that have been inspired by a book. I’ve probably missed out some really good movies that were made from books, but this is a list of my favourite movies that were made from books that I’ve read:
1. The Godfather
For me, the film version was far better than the book. I watched it again recently and still loved it.
2. The Lord of the Rings
The books are brilliant – I’ve been reading and re-reading them since I was twelve, but the film versions are fantastic if they are considered separately from the books.
3. The Railway Children
A classic book and a classic film that I grew up with.
My son introduced me to Louis Sachar, and I’m so glad he did.
5. I am Legend
I’m a Will Smith fan and this probably isn’t his best film, but I really enjoyed it. I’m still reading the book – in daylight hours only though!
6. Anna Karenina
I read this in my teens and I loved it. I think the film is being remade this year, but the version that I loved was with Vivien Leigh as the doomed Anna.
7. Gone With the Wind
This was such a classic in our home when I was growing up – the book and the film, but I do love the film version of the book with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. I’m not sure I would ever want to see a remake of it with anyone else.
Another book I read in my teens and which I loved. The film version I loved was Alfred Hitchcock’s black and white thriller with Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.
9. Silence of the Lambs
I enjoyed the book, but for me the film version was utterly brilliant! Anthony Hopkins was chillingly inspired as Hannibal Lector, and Jodie Foster was perfect as the young FBI agent.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird
I love both the book and the film. Gregory Peck was utterly brilliant as Atticus Finch.
As I was doing this list lots of other films came to mind –some of them I had read as books and others that I hadn’t. I’m sure every one of your readers would come up with a very different list – and I would probably slap my forehead and think – How could I have forgotten that! So I would be very interested if your readers post their top ten list of favourite movies that were made from books in the comments section.
The Long Weekend:
Sam knows that he and his friend Lloyd made a colossal mistake when they accepted the ride home. They have ended up in a dark mansion in the middle of nowhere with man who means to harm them. But Sam doesn’t know how to get them out. They were trapped, then separated. Now they are alone. Will either of them get out alive? This gripping and hypnotic thriller will have you reading late into the night.
I have a copy of The Long Weekend for giveaway. Savita shared her top ten movie that have been made from books and asked to know ours. To enter the giveaway just leave a comment with at least one of your favorite book to movie adaptations.
Make sure there is a way for me to contact you if you win