Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Five: Five Movies Based on Books that are Not Terrible

As a general rule, most movies based on books are awful. Some are not so bad though.

  1. The Green Mile- This Tom Hanks movie was great, so much so that I didn't even suspect that it was based on a novel until several years later when someone pointed it out.
  2. Shawshank Redemption- This movie was played over and over when I was a kid. I don't know what the appeal was specifically but we loved it.
  3. Bridge to Terabithia- I love the sweet simplicity of this movie.
  4. Black Beauty- Any one of the versions of this movie is good. I like the one that came out when I was a child though.
  5. The Shining- This movie came out before I was born but Steven King proves himself to be an amazing storyteller, as this is the 3rd of his novels-turned-movies that I have on the list. It is pretty telling I think.

Love is love, no matter the back story. <3 DS


Steven Thompson said...

Believe it or not, your # 2 was NOT based on a book at all! It was based on a rather long short story (or perhaps it's a short novella) entitled RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL). It's in the book DIFFERENT SEASONS. When the movie became popular, DIFFERENT SEASONS was reissued with a scene from the movie and the movie's logo on the cover.

Dee said...

Meh, still based on a literary work. :P