Top Ten Tuesday: Page to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, she comes up with the topics, and we pick the books.

I haven’t participated in one of these before, but since Tuesday is one of my regular updates days anyway I think I might start doing more of them here and there. This week’s topic is technically a freebie related to Page to Screen so I’m just going to talk about my 10 favorite shows and/or movies based on books.

10. The Magicians (TV Series)

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This is probably a divisive one. I know a lot of people aren’t big fans of The Magicians books or TV Show. A lot of the complaints I’ve seen are because people expected Harry Potter, going into the books and what they got was… The Magicians. I’ll never understand the mindset of people who fall victim to comparison marketing. That’s not what this post is about, though, so I digress.

I think I’m in the minority because I actually think the books are done a lot better than the show— especially the most recent season of the show— but the show is still a fun time. Plus Show Penny (who is far superior to Book Penny) and Marina make it worth it.

9. Preacher (TV Series)

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I’m actually a few seasons behind on Preacher and I never read the comics it’s based on (but I eventually might,) but I remember the summer I interned at a company hours away from my school and many many more hours away from my home so I didn’t know a single person in the area, and my coworkers were 2 middle-aged people with families and that was it (it was a very small start-up) so I, a 21-year-old college student with no friends for at least like 200 miles, spent the Fourth of July binging Preacher and getting day drunk on Jack Daniels, and frankly, it was a great day.

Also I’ve been thinking about it because I just renewed my Hulu subscription so I can actually watch season 2 if I want to. I have a few other things higher on my watch priority, but. Anyway.

8. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (TV Series)

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Making this list made me sad all over again about the fact that this show was cancelled. While it ran it was one of my absolute favorites. Season 1 is definitely a stand out season for me.

I never read the Douglas Adams book, but my mother who did said that she thought the story of the show (at least, in season 1) was better than the book, which should definitely sell this show for you if you haven’t already watched it. There’s so much to love about this series. I’m sad it didn’t have a big enough audience to continue past its second season, but it’s definitely worth watching what did come out of it.

7. Harry Potter (Film Series)

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So, technically, Goblet of Fire isn’t my favorite film, but it is my favorite of the books so that’s why I’m using that poster. I think the champions are criminally underrated— particularly within the fandom that’s mostly book-based— but I do think they largely weren’t cast well but then… I have a lot of issues with the casting of the HP movies overall. I’m not gonna get into the technicalities though.

I know this is a basic bitch move, especially when JKR ain’t deserve my praise with how she’s been largely ignoring her own canon lately, but I can’t ignore the nostalgia factor with these. And, TBH, if JKR had just pulled a Stephanie Meyer and fucked off with her money after the movies and let the franchise be what it is it’d probably be higher on my list, so I guess all those Twilight fans I rolled my eyes at when I was younger have won this round.

6. The Hunger Games (Film Series)

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I honestly didn’t ever watch the Mockingjay movies. But The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were pretty good. I remember showing up to The Hunger Games opening night with Peeta Mellark tee-shirts that my friend and I had hand-decorated together. We used fabric paint to make a sports team jersey-esque shirt that said MELLARK 12 on the back with a piece of bread. To this day I vividly remember the piece of bread on my shirt being described to me as another friend like “the ugly piece of bread everyone throws out,” and she wasn’t wrong. I have no artistic talent.

The movies and books don’t mean all that much to me, but my memories surrounding them are some of my favorite from my early high school years, so I guess they deserve a place on this list.

5. Series of Unfortunate Events (TV Series)

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This show is SO GOOD! If you haven’t watched it, then go do it. It consumed my life while I binge-watched it. The series definitely does the books great justice, and Neil Patrick Harris does a brilliant job of playing a Very Fabulous Dastard in the role of Count Olaf.

I haven’t read the books since I was a kid if I’m being totally honest, but from what I do remember of the books, the show does a good job at staying true to them while also finding places to add in enough small twists and nuance to make it its own wonderful story in its own right. There are differences, but overall I’d say this is one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen.

4. American Gods (TV Series)

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I still have to catch up and finish the second season (though, maybe by the time this posts I’ll be done since I’m scheduling this over a week early) but American Gods is probably one of my favorite TV series I’ve ever watched. As I’ve said before… I like it better than the book. (I’ve always been a fan of committing the sin of blasphemy though.)

Things I like better than the book: There’s so much more room in a TV Series to develop characters. One of my favorites in the TV adaptation is Mad Sweeney, but in the books he’s barely present at all. The Jinn and Salim get a lot more attention in the show, and seem (from where I am in season 2 as of writing this) like they may end up playing a more important role. Even Laura Moon gets a lot more attention and development. Slowing down the pacing gives a lot more room for things like that, and I love that shit.

3. Sharp Objects (TV Miniseries)

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Sharp Objects is probably my favorite Gillian Flynn book, and the show did such a great job adapting it! My only complaints were that they gave some of things that should have been done by Camille to Richard, which I felt took away a little bit about what I loved about her character in the book, but overall it was still very well-done.

Eliza Scanlen does a beautiful job as Amma, too. Her casting was a little older for the character than I would’ve liked, but she did a great job regardless. The show’s ending was also changed from the book, but it made sense to change it for the format and it’s definitely (and I cannot stress this enough) haunting.

2. Howl’s Moving Castle (Film)

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I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how I want to rewatch all the Ghibli movies since doing the I Should Have Read That tag, which I included the book for this on. I think it’s one of two movies based on novels directed by Miyazaki? (Too lazy to google that for correction.) My favorite Ghibli film of all time is Spirited Away, but Howl’s Moving Castle holds a special place in my heart as well.

It’s one of those rare movies that can stick with you for years after watching it, and even rewatching it a year or two ago as an adult still had me just as in love with the story as when I was a kid, which I think makes it something special.

1. Lord of the Rings (Film Series)

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I wouldn’t have guessed I’d include two separate posters on this list that have Elijah Wood on them, but here we are.

How could #1 be anything but the LOTR movies? I really need to rewatch them soon because it’s been a long ass time. I think these are some of the greatest films of all time (please don’t bring up The Hobbit movies though, thanks.) If you haven’t seen them, then you’re either a newborn baby or living under a very large rock. If you don’t like the LOTR movies… unfollow me immediately.

What are some of your favorite Page-to-Screen Films or Shows?

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