Welcome friends! I have started this entry in the global technosphere because I have been in love with books since the age of 2. Among the busy business of being a new teacher, this is my outlet for sharing thoughts on a love of reading a wide variety of books. My inspiration can be summed up with a yearbook quote from a teacher written when I was 8: "To the only girl at recess I see reading a book. Good for you!"
My blog title is quoted from a classmate who asked me this once. Believe it or not, I've also heard it as a teacher :D

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday--Book to Movie Adaptations

A weekly meme hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's theme is Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations.

Another theme that I simply can't pass up!  To focus the scope a little further (and cut down the list considerably), I've only listed books that I've read & their adapted movies (which I've seen).  Click the book title for my review (if available) and the movie title for more info on it.  In no particular order:

1)  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery--adapted in 1985 starring Megan Follows as Anne, Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert, Colleen Dewhurst as Marilla, Richard Farnsworth as Matthew, and Schuyler Grant as Diana.

2)  The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler--adapted in 1988 starring William Hurt as Macon, Geena Davis as Muriel, and Kathleen Turner as Sarah.

3)  Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding--adapted in 2001 (and a sequel in 2004) starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget, Colin Firth as Mark, and Hugh Grant as Daniel.

4)  My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin--adapted in 1992 as Chaplin starring Robert Downey Jr. as Charlie Chaplin, Geraldine Chaplin (Charlie's daughter) as Hannah Chaplin, Moira Kelly as Hetty Kelly & Oona O'Neill, Anthony Hopkins as George Hayden, and Dan Aykroyd as Mack Sennett.

5)  The Color Purple by Alice Walker--adapted in 1985 starring Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, Danny Glover as Mr./Albert, Margaret Avery as Shug, and Oprah Winfrey as Sofia.

6)  The Green Mile by Stephen King--adapted in 1999 starring Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecomb, Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey, David Morse as Brutal, James Cromwell as the Warden, and many more (a fantastic ensemble cast!)

7)  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey--adapted in 1975 starring Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy, Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched, Brad Dourif as Billy, Danny DeVito as Martini, Christopher Lloyd as Taber, Scatman Crothers as Turkle, and Will Sampson as Chief Bromden.

8)  "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption," a short story from Different Seasons by Stephen King--adapted in 1994 as The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, Morgan Freeman as Red, Bob Gunton as Warden Norton, and James Whitmore as Brooks Hatlen.

9)  The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris--adapted in 1991 starring Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling, Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, Scott Glenn as Jack Crawford, and Ted Levine as Jame Gumb.

10)  One True Thing by Anna Quindlen--adapted in 1998 starring Renee Zellweger as Ellen, Meryl Streep as Kate, and William Hurt as George.


  1. Ah, I had The Green Mile and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest too! Great choices :)

    Here's mine :)

  2. I'm not much of a Stephen King fan, but I have to say that both the book and movie versions of The Green Mile were excellent.

  3. I can't believe I forgot about The Color Purple. Both a great movie and book!

  4. I've only seen a few of those movies, but agree with you on The Color Purple - it's a fabulous book and movie.

  5. Great choices! I don't think I've read a single one of the books these movies are based on, but I love The Shawshank Redemption and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as movies.

  6. I loved Bridget Jones, but Renee's British accent was a little annoying. Why is it that American actors can't do accents? Great list!

  7. I have to read The Green Mile. I love the movie and I've been meaning to read the book for quite a while now! Must track it down

  8. We've only got one in common: Silence of the Lambs. I think Cuckoo's Nest is a great movie, but I've tried to read the book twice and abandoned it. Lots of people like it a lot though, so I'll probably try it again someday.

    Here is my list:

  9. You have been very busy writing reviews since yesterday. Wow. Most of your movie adaptations I like the movies but I haven't read the book...but I have The Accidental Tourist on my list, for sure.


  10. Great choices. Megan Follows will always be Anne to me. I love Shawshank Redemption too!

  11. I actually really love all of the Anne books, House of Dreams as well. I recently found all Four Anne of Green Gables in one book and it's for the Kindle or any Kindle App on your PC. Being able to click on the easy linking table of contents also made it a pleasure. You can get it here...
    Anne of Green Gables Complete