Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was first published in 1961 and made into a movie in 1970. I am currently reading the book and am surprised that they were able to make a movie out of abstract principles like mathematics and the use of words in language. I am looking forward to watching it.
The Giver by Lois Lowry, first published in 1993 and the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, was made into a movie in 2014. Although it only received a rating of 2 tomatoes (94 negative reviews out of 146) on Rotten Tomatoes, I am anxious to see the movie. With Jeff Bridges playing the Giver, who wouldn’t want to see it?
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and Donna Diamond, first published in 1977 and winner of the 1978 Newbery Medal, became a movie in 2007. At first I refused to watch the movie because of the attention it gives to the fantasy aspect. Although I fear it will not portray the emotional impact of the book, I am changing my mind because I am intrigued that Robert Patrick is playing Jack Aarons, Jess’s father.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, first published in 2003 and the winner of the 2004 Newbery Medal, became a movie in 2008. Although I am not thrilled about seeing another cartoon movie, I loved the book and hope the movie will not be a disappointment.
Holes by Louis Sachar, first published in 1998 and winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, became a movie in 2003. Although I saw the movie and loved it, I have not read the book. Once I finish the book, it will be fun to see the movie again and critique the differences.
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper, first published in 1973 and a 1974 Newbery Honor Book, became a movie titled The Seeker in 2007. I have a different motivation to see this one. Because it received only one tomato (79 negative reviews out of 92) on Rotten Tomatoes, I am curious to see where the movie makers went wrong.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians Book One – The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, first published in 2005, became a movie in 2010. I still need to read the book and see the movie.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1937, was made into a movie in 2012 called The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. There are so many movies out there based on the Tolkien series that I am hoping this is based on the first book, The Hobbit.
The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico, first published in 1969, was made into a movie in 1972. I hope to catch this one on TCM.