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Izzy May I: The Write Movie

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Putting together a book and a movie are quite different. An intelligent movie adaptation doesn’t replicate everything from the book, but rather it upkeeps, respects, and enhances the spirit, themes, symbols, and major and major-minor plot points.

At least that’s what I think. What makes a great book-to-movie adaptation to you? What are some or one of your favorites? Let me know in a comment below or respond with a new post that’s linked back to mine (you can add this badge).

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My top 20 (not in any particular order)

American Psycho

Exploits of a young, handsome, psychopathic,

Wall Street man.

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The Godfather

The head of a New York Mafia family struggles

to transfer control of the Mafia underworld and

take care of his family, both of which are

unfolding at the seams.

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Jurassic Park

During a preview tour on a remote island,

a major power outage leaves cloned dinosaurs

to terrorize a theme park’s staff and guests.

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Lord of the Rings trilogy

Nine companions (four Hobbits, two Men, one

Elf, one Dwarf, and one Istar wizard) journey to

Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and its

creator, Sauron.

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Harry Potter series

A half-blood wizard tries to get ahead of his

problems but loses part of his soul when he fails

to kill a child. Said child is hidden from the

wizarding world until destiny knocks on his 11th

birthday. As civil war breaks out in the world,

both destined wizards must face the other who

took everything from them. Which side will win

the war, and which wizard will help lead what’s left?

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To Kill a Mockingbird

A white lawyer in the Depression-era South

defends his family from prejudice and a black

man from the false charge of raping a white

young woman.

The Shawshank Redemption

A man convicted of murdering his wife and her

lover clings onto his claim of innocence.

The Road

An ailing father defends his son, in a dispirited

post-apocalyptic world, from starvation, roaming

cannibals, freezing temperatures, and hopelessness.

Stand by Me

After reading his friend’s obituary in the

newspaper, a writer reminiscences on a

childhood journey with three friends to find the

body of a missing boy.

Silence of the Lambs

To relieve the streets of a psychotic, victim-

skinning killer, a young F.B.I. cadet must enlist

the help of an incarcerated, manipulative

cannibal. After all, you have to think like a

criminal to catch one.

The Shining

A man’s winter fresh opportunity to reconnect

with his family and writing takes a sharp turn as

an ominous presence penetrates the old hotel

and influences him into violence.

Babe

A pig raised by sheepdogs wants to follow in

their footsteps and herd sheep. To do so, he’ll

need all the support he can get, especially the farmer’s.

Sense & Sensibility

After their rich father dies, two polar opposite

sisters and their mother are left in reduced

circumstances. The sisters seek pleasing

marriages as a means of support; sense and

sensibility affect their romantic misfortunes and fortunes.

The Big Sleep

On the surface, a rich general hires a private

detective to resolve blackmail attempts on

his gambling daughter, but really the detective’s

been hired to find the older daughter’s missing husband.

Great Expectations

A young, orphaned blacksmith strives to become

a gentleman as he struggles with social injustice,

inequality, and the dangers of reaching for the stars.

Gone with the Wind

During the American Civil War and the

Reconstruction Era, a spoiled, poverty-stricken

Southern belle has a turbulent love affair with a

blockade runner.

Silver Linings Playbook

Released from a mental institution, a former

history teacher moves back in with his parents

but desperately attempts to reconcile things with

his estranged ex-wife. Things get more complicated

when he reluctantly befriends a mentally-unstable

widow who lives in the neighborhood.

Girl, Interrupted

Reality gets “too dense” for an 18-year-old,

leading to her being hospitalized in a mental

institution during the late 1960s and detailing her

stay in this searing, darkly humorous account.

Shutter Island

A U.S. marshal comes to Shutter Island, home of

the criminally insane, to investigate the

disappearance of an escaped murderess who’s

presumed to be hiding somewhere on the island.

But is he really there to find a missing patient,

or discover the dark truth behind the hospital’s

radical approach to psychiatry? The deeper the

marshal gets, the more elusive the truth

becomes, and the more he realizes someone’s

purposely trying to drive him insane. Because no

one ever leaves Shutter Island.

Hamlet

A prince returns home to discover his uncle

murdered his father to take the throne and his

mother. Submerged in guilt and hatred, the

prince seeks revenge.

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  • Jin Okubo: Wrote thought-provoking comments and shared a link to his book titled Love.
  • Rachel: Creatively set the path to the must-read novel Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
  • Sarah Best: Kept the conversation going and brought our attention to a not-so-common cover design of To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Curtis Bausse (who we’re glad to see is back): Let us know that covers weren’t that important to him; it’s the plain designs with one solid color and unique typography that catch his eye.

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10 comments on “Izzy May I: The Write Movie

  1. Loved the book and the movie “Bridget Jones’ Diary” “The Book Thief” is a brilliant novel but I’m yet to see the movie. “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” – awesome movie but haven’t read the book. (But heard it’s excellent!)

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    • I have yet to see/read Bridget Jones’ Diary 😦 But it’s on my list!

      Oh, yes, the Book Thief. I’ve read and seen it. While the movie doesn’t capture everything that the book does, I still appreciate the interpretation. It’s one of my favorites (why didn’t I remember to add it?? Lol).

      The same goes for the Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Another favorite, the book and movie. Darn my memory 😀 Yet I’m glad I didn’t add these; it opened the opportunity for you to remind me and other viewers. Thank you. Hopefully you get the chance to read the book someday soon.

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  2. You found a stack of movie/novels!

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  5. Reblogged this on The Book Ends and commented:
    Great article

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