Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question.This Week’s Topic: What movie have you seen that actually (gasp) improved on the book?
I couldn’t narrow it down to just one so here’s my top five:
1. The Devil Wears Prada
The book left me kind of flat but the story really came alive on the screen, mostly due to Meryl Streep’s Ice Queen on Steroids portrayal of fashion mag mogul Amanda Priestley.
2.The Lord of The Rings
I know in some circles this is considered literary blasphemy but I was often bored and flat-out confused by this book. When I need secondary research materials (scorecard, family tree, topographical map) to keep everything straight, the story is perilously close to being Complicated for Complicated’s Sake. The movie definitely catered to my visual learning style.
3. The Bourne Ultimatum
I confess that I have never been able to finish a Robert Ludlum novel. For some reason, I love thrillers more as motion pictures than books. Of all the “Bourne” tales, I got the furthest on this one but the story didn’t crackle to life until I saw this movie.
4. The Princess Bride
I found William Goldman’s approach interesting (for example, interrupting the narration to tell readers how the story’s affecting his family) but the movie is emotional, hilarious and one of the most quote-worthy films I’ve ever seen.
The movie whittled Peter Benchley’s book down to its most essential elements: shark, shark and more shark.