Friday, August 06, 2010

Rental History of Classic (and other) Novels in Movie Form

I've often debated how many of the novels I have read, I have watched the film of and how I felt about the picture afterwards.  I'm going to compile a list of books I've read with their corresponding movie (and rating) over the last 4 years or so.

Book: "The Trial" by Franz Kafka.
Movie: "The Trial"
Date Produced: 1963
Stars: 3
Watched: May 2009

Book: "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens
Movie: "A Christmas Carol"
Date Produced: 1951 - the only real version outside of the Donald Duck version
Stars: 4
Watched: December 2008

Book: "The Kite Runner" by Khalid Hosseini
Movie: "The Kite Runner"
Date Produced: 2007
Stars: 3
Watched: May 2008

Book: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Movie: "The Great Gatsby"
Date Produced: 1974
Stars: 3
Watched: November 2006

Book: "Doctor Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak
Movie: "Doctor Zhivago"
Date Produced: 1965
Stars: 5
Watched: November 2006

Book: "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway
Movie: "A Farewell to Arms"
Date Produced: 1957
Stars: 1
Watched: N/A

Book: "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", "The Return of the King" by J.R.R. Tolkien
Movies: "The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Two Towers", "The Return of the King"
Dates Produced: 2001, 2002, 2003
Stars: 3ish
Watched: N/A

Book: "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov
Movie: "I, Robot"
Date Produced: 2004
Stars: 1
Watched: N/A

I have a feeling that this list is grossly understated, but there have been plenty of books I've read without watching the films and vice versa.  What truly sticks out, is that "Doctor Zhivago" was the best book adaptation that I have ever read/watched and that "A Farewell to Arms" was the worst adaptation - I remember the acting being so bad (and overdone) I could barely finish it.  They managed to keep the story fairly true to the book, and lost absolutely everything about Hemingway that made him a great writer.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I find myself renting movies after I've read or while I'm reading the book. Right now, I'm reading The Three Musketeers (about halfway through) and I'm awaiting the movies (several different versions.)

I am now a follower. I hope you will stop by my blog.

Eclectic Indulgence said...

I had a tough time with reading "The Three Muskateers". Dumas was very long winded, and I thought an editor with an iron fist would have been welcomed. It didn't need to be 900 pages... did you read the original text?

I'm looking foward to checking out your blog.

SocrMom78 said...

I am visiting from the Hop, and adding your blog to my Classics blog list on my page. I'm enjoying taking a look around your site and I'm sure we have a lot of books in common.

Come visit if you like...

Roof Beam Reader said...

Hi, There!

I am incredibly excited to have found you through "The Hop." I'm a Classics and Literary Fiction reader/lover myself - and it is always great to find another in this sci-fi/fan-fiction dominated book-verse. I'm a new follower!

Ordinary Reader said...

What a wonderful blog! I love reading classic books. I read some modern fiction as well, but there's nothing like the classics. I'm signing up as a follower right now.
Nice to meet you,

Rachel said...

Just stopping by via the hop. I like your blog, it's so great to see some classic lit on book blogs for a change! Hope you are having a great weekend!

And the plot thickens...

Eclectic Indulgence said...

Soccer Mom - I absolutely love your idea of making it through the modern library list. I'm envious and glad that I've caught on to your journey before it was ended.

I'm also very happy that you have posted the novels that you have liked the most because it gives me a good place to start without having to commit to such an undertaking.

Eclectic Indulgence said...

Roof Beam, eh? You must be also a fellow fan of Salinger. I wasn't that impressed with "Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenter". Perhaps you can provide me with some insight, as I went in with a naive understanding of Salinger characters.