Actually, I saw the film first (and it was quite good)


I read the book before I see the film. Almost always.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is about Best/Worst Movie Adaptations. I covered my favourite movie adaptations here and I simply won’t dwell on the worst (it’s the Pollyanna in me). So, with a slight tweak to the topic, my top ten covers great movies I’ve seen before reading the book*.

1. Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick; movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence  – because Bradley Cooper (see gratuitous pic above if in doubt… and there’s another one at the end because I have no shame).

2. The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings; movie starring George Clooney – because George Clooney.

3. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates; movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet – because when husband picks a film, I’m just happy to watch it.

4. Little Children by Tom Perrotta; movie starring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson – Found the film so disturbing that it has taken me years to work up to the book.

5. Election by Tom Perrotta; movie starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon – could not be more different from Little Children.

6. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen; movie starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford – because Robert Redford

7. Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos; movie starring Glenn Close and John Malkovich  – because costume spectacular.

8. Howard’s End by E. M. Forster; movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Bonham Carter – because Merchant Ivory and E. M. Forster.

9. The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James; movie starring Nicole Kidman – because for once Kidman is perfectly cast.

10. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson; movie starring Frances McDormand – because Art Deco amazingness.

*Haven’t read all of the books… Yet.


28 responses

  1. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day! How could I have forgotten this movie? (Then again, I did split up my list this week rather differently, but that movie would’ve certainly made it if my list was solely on good adaptations xD) I heart it so much–the book too…

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  2. I thought The Silver Linings Playbook the movie was much better than the book. I’ve hear Revolutionary Road is super depressing- true? And I’ve been meaning to put The Descendents on my list to read. Loved the movie!

    • Good to know that about Playbook *moves it down the TBR stack*.

      Rev Road is ‘quietly depressing’ but very, very good (even my OH agreed and he is difficult to please when it comes to movies!). I have the latest from the author of The Descendents in my TBR stack. Will get to it asap.

  3. I haven’t read any of these books but I have seen a few of the movies. I’m about to rent Playbooks tomorrow so here’s hoping I enjoy it.

  4. I loved The Descendants — the book too! (The book’s main flaw? No George Clooney.) Dangerous Liaisons is one of my favorite movies (and I loved the book too). Great choices here! And thank you for the gratuitous Bradley Cooper. 🙂

  5. I haven’t read any of those books or seen any of the movies! What is wrong with me?! I don’t actually watch many movies anymore, sadly. I don’t have the attention span to sit long enough and watch. 🙁 I would like to see The Descendants and Silver Linings though!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

  6. Silver Linings Playbook is a good book, the film doesn’t quite do it justice, but close.

    I have no complaints about the gratuitous Bradley Cooper photos. None at all. I watched the early seasons of Alias because of him, even if his hair was awful.

    Revolutionary Road (book and film) about killed me.

      • Yep, to truly believe you have no choices and want to be different, only to realize you’re the same. I’m glad I can’t imagine feeling that trapped, but it still depressed me.

        What’s also hard (and depressing) for me is looking around the current state of the US and seeing a return to and a yearning for the values of the ’50’s.

      • People who want the 50s back either weren’t born then and/or want an edited version – we have the same thing here eg. have seen so much in the media about women wanting to be ‘housewives’… I call it the #madmenfactor

      • I don’t know if I happy or afraid that Aus is seeing some of the same thing. Are women that nostalgic for repression or inequality? I also get mad at the people in the US who are nostalgic for Ronald Reagan. Granted, I don’t remember his term (but I can read!), but not a good president.

        Of course, my thoughts on books like Revolutionary Road are probably exactly why I am typically the dominant person in a relationship.

        I’ve never watched Mad Men, though the amount of gin consumed on the show makes it sound promising.

      • Well I remember Reagan *feeling very old* – like any era, there are bits we all remember fondly and other bits we choose to ignore.

        I think you need Mad Men. I’m only up to the fourth series and I watch it in bursts, on and off. It’s ‘quiet’ tv – no ridiculous cliffhangers but the overall aesthetic of the program is addictive.

      • I was alive during Reagan’s years, if that’s any consolation, I just wasn’t cognizant of politics yet.

        Mad Men is upcoming in my Netflix queue, I love the furniture of that era.

  7. Aww, I do heart “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” (because Lee Pace!), but I love the book even more! I really liked “The Silver Linings Playbook” too, but I haven’t gotten around to the book yet.

  8. Man, I haven’t seen a single one of these movies. I don’t watch a whole lot of movies so this doesn’t really surprise me. Several of these are on my TBR and I’ve been super on the fence for a while about Silver Linings Playbook. But I’d like to see what all the fuss is about.

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