Thursday, December 5, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #20: Adaptations

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Adaptations

Wow!  This is an awesome theme!  I have watched a ton of movies that were adapted from books and I may not include every movie that I've watched that was adapted from a book.  But here are some of my favorite movies that were adapted from books!

1. Shrek

A mean lord exiles fairy tale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back.

This movie was based off of a children's book written by William Steig and I actually read that book right after I saw this movie.  To be honest, I actually liked the movie way more than the book as the characters were much more developed in the movie and this has remained to be one of my all-time favorite movie franchises!

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

This movie was based off of Neil Gaiman's book, which I read before the movie came out and I really enjoyed the book!  I especially enjoyed the movie just as much as it was a very faithful adaptation of Neil Gaiman's book!

An orphan, who lives with his two cruel aunts, befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

This movie was based off of Roald Dahl's children's book and I remembered reading this book in elementary school.  I really enjoyed the book and its whimsical nature.  I will admit that I was terrified of this movie when it first came out (because of the shark scene),  but years later, I started to really enjoy this movie for its weirdness!


  1. Well since you went all animated I have seen none of them and have only read James and the Giant Peach of the three source novels but I know everybody loves them far more than I do.

    With a theme as big as this you by necessity have to pick a point of view to follow just to make it manageable. I chose to go with films based on books by my favorite author John Steinbeck.

    The Moon is Down (1943)-During WWII a Norwegian mining town falls under Nazi domination because of its strategic location. The commandant attempts to bring the townspeople to his mindset through gentle persuasion, instead the citizenry form a clandestine underground to combat the enemy.

    Of Mice and Men (1939)-Two migrant workers, the clever George (Burgess Meredith) and the strong but feeble minded Lenny (an exceptional Lon Chaney, Jr.) drift through Depression era California relying on each other’s friendship to get them by until a turn of events leads to tragedy.

    The Wayward Bus (1957)-In a remote California backwater a collection of downtrodden people-chief among them hard luck bubble dancer Camille (Jayne Mansfield), traveling salesman Ernest (Dan Dailey), bus driver Johnny Chicoy (Rick Jason) and his insecure alcoholic wife Alice (Joan Collins) embark what starts as a routine bus trip but ends up being a journey of discovery both good and bad.

    1. Oh man! I remembered watching Of Mice and Men when I was in high school! Such a tragic film. Great picks!

  2. I've seen all your picks! Coraline is definitely my favorite. I didn't care for the Shrek franchise and James and the Giant Peach I LOVED as a kid, then when I rewatched it as an adult it just didn't hold up for me, but I still think it's a cool little film.

  3. Shrek is just such a delightful movie, I really enjoyed the sequels too, Banderas' puss in boots was so hilarious

  4. I haven’t seen your third pick but I love the other two. I didn’t know Shrek was an adaption though.

    1. Me either. I didn't know about the Shrek book until I actually read it one year.

  5. Coraline - Haven't seen the movie but have read it. I didn't enjoy it, I think I was just too old for it