Blog Tour: Tens List by Sybil Nelson Author of Priscilla the Great

Welcome to Author Sybil Nelson.

As part of the Teen Book Scene Tour for her book Priscilla the Great, Sybil is here to share her Top Ten Book to Movie Adaptations.

Now this is a category I can really get into. I loooove book to movie adaptations. When I see a movie coming out that was based on a book, I absolutely have to read the book before I will allow myself to see the movie. I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this area. In fact, I’ve written two blog posts about the worst book to movie adaptations. Here  and  This is my first time writing about the best. I actually had to force myself to exclude comic book movies in order to get my list down to ten! And in no particular order, here they are:

1. Big Trouble – This was a hilarious book by Dave Barry and a hilarious movie starring Tim Allen. What made the adaptation so great was that the movie was EXACTLY like the book. It was like the directors literally just gave each actor a copy of the book and said, “Here’s your script.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie match up so well to the book.

2. The Secret Life of Bees – The book made me cry and the movie made me cry. They both were perfect. The movie was a tiny bit different than the book, but it still worked. And can you say great casting? Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, it doesn’t get any better.

3. The Devil Wears Prada – I chose this one because the movie was so DIFFERENT from the book. They changed some major plot points and even the name of Andy’s boyfriend, but somehow it still worked. (Maybe because said boyfriend was the smoldering Adrian Grenier!)The movie was fabulous. Emily Blount was hysterical.

4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians –Once again there were a lot of differences from the book, but theatrically, I think it worked. I thought it had great special effects and adorable lead actors.

5. The Blindside – Great book and fantastic movie. The book was different from any other that I’ve read. I don’t usually read nonfiction, but like I said earlier, if a movie is coming out that was based on a book, I have to read the book first. The book went into a lot more detail than the movie and I was able to learn more about football than I ever want to know. The movie…Sandra Bullock…nuf said. I boo-hoo cried watching this movie. Fantastic.

6. Mean Girls – Few people know this, but mean girls was actually based on a nonfiction book that I had to read for my job when I was a school teacher. Then the genius Tina Fey comes around and writes a fictionalized story from the book. It was brilliant the way she was able to take some key ideas about girl bullying from the book and weave them into her story. Mean Girls is one of my all time favorite films. It’s hilarious and ridiculously quote worthy. Too bad Mean Girls 2 was so awful.

7. Pride and Prejudice – There are many great adaptations of this Jane Austen classic, but for some reason I’m completely in love with the Kiera Knightly version. I watch it every single time it comes on Oxygen (which is a lot by the way). The soundtrack alone is enough to make me addicted. I actually bought the soundtrack which is something I never do.

8. Ten Things I Hate About You – For a long time this was my favorite teen movie (probably until Mean Girls came out). I love the parallels to the Shakespeare play. Julia Stiles was a perfect Kat, but what I loved most was Heath Ledger as Patrick. This movie made me fall in love with him. Now I can’t even really watch it anymore because I get so sad thinking about the fact that he’s gone.

9. Sense and Sensibility – Yes, I’m back to a Jane Austen flick. What can I say? I love Jane Austen. Actually, when I was in high school, it was a little less like love and a little more like obsession. I read her complete works one summer. Anyway, this film was brilliantly done. And a young Kate Winslet was perfect as Marianne. Did you know that they weren’t going to hire her for the part because they thought she was too young to pull it off?

10. Anne of Green Gables –A cozy tale of love and friendship that will always be firmly implanted in my memories of childhood. I loved Gilbert Blythe and couldn’t wait to see him finally get together with Anne. And what can I say about Anne? She was my hero. A fiery red head with loads of personality. Hmm, not quite unlike Priscilla the Great!

Almost making the list: Hoot, Iron Man, XMen, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.

Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson:
Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts. As if middle school isn’t hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family. Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, an organization dead set on turning children into killing machines.

Add an older brother annoyingly obsessed with Christina Aguilera, mischievous baby twin brothers who could scare the sin off of Satan, and parents more puzzling than a Rubik’s cube in the Bermuda triangle and expect a smoking page-turner

My review of Priscilla the Great will be posted next week. Watch for an interview & book giveaway coming soon!

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