A weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
1. Pride and Prejudice: Both the 1995 mini-series and the 2005 movie definitely did the book justice. I liked how the mini-series stayed so true to the book, but I liked the cast better in the 2005 version.
2. The Hunger Games: It stayed fairly true to the book. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the Gamemakers; their actions confirmed a lot of Katniss's thoughts and the commentary from Caesar and Claudius was a good substitution for the book's narration.
3. Charlotte's Web (animated): Okay, sure, it wasn't exactly the same as the book. But this was a childhood favorite of mine. And since I was in a musical production of Charlotte's Web, I can sing along... :)
4. Little Women (1994): This was one of the movies of my childhood. I had (probably still have it) on VHS, and I would watch it whenever I had a cold or the flu. Little Women was one of my favorite books when I was little, so that certainly helped.
5. The Help: I've read the book and watched the movie, and I actually found the movie to be better. All the actresses, especially Octavia Spencer, brought such life to the characters and made them seem like Aibileen, Minny, Skeeter, and all the rest were real people. Plus, I found the movie to actually be more appropriate than the book.
And now for the worst.
6. Ella Enchanted: I saw the movie before I read the book (although my mom wanted me to read the book first, it was checked out at our local library), but I liked the book much more. The way they changed it was horrendous. I could tolerate the singing. But not how the plotline changed so drastically.
7. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Just...no.
8. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian: I'm talking about the recent adaptation. I mean, this one wasn't horrendous, but it was pretty darn awful. All the changes ruined it quite a bit. And Susan and Caspian liking each other? What was up with that?
9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Johnny Depp version): I mean, what was that? It was horrifyingly creepy and nothing, nothing can rival Gene Wilder's version. He's the perfect version of Willy Wonka-eccentric but still remotely normal.
10. Tuck Everlasting: I never liked the idea of a grown-up Winnie. To be honest, the book was pretty disturbing, too.
And a couple honorable mentions (these didn't quite make the best adaptations list).
A Walk to Remember (Even though it had its differences from the book, I still loved it and cried.)
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Well done, and a beautiful use of CGI.)