Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book to Movie Adaptations


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

It’s been forever since I did a TTT, but I finally carved out some time to put this together!

This week’s prompt is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch. I’ve tweaked it slightly, so I’m doing Ten Book to Movie Adaptations I Own.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Yes, I know, a lot of stuff was missing from the movies, and I’ll never get over how Ginny’s character was treated, but they were still enjoyable and rank among my favourite films ever!
  2. The Princess Bride: “Hello, my name is Inigio Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Enough said.
  3. Northanger Abbey: My friends and I swooned over Henry Tilney when we watched this for our Austen course in university. And it’s my favourite Austen novel (sorry, Pride & Prejudice, you’re a close third – after Persuasion).
  4. Stardust: Mostly, I just remember Robert de Niro as a gay pirate, but as a Neil Gaiman fan, I love everything about this.
  5. Coraline: Ditto (minus the gay pirate, of course).
  6. A Series of Unfortunate Events: Again, there’s a lot missing from this adaptation and they gave it a whole different ending, but visually, it’s so much fun.
  7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: While I didn’t love the sequel (because it skipped the middle books and changed the story lines a lot), this first one is girly fun at its best!
  8. The Princess Diaries: One of the rare times I saw a movie before reading the books, the only thing that makes me sad is how Grandmere is not nearly as sweet as Julie Andrews makes her out to be (also the fact that it took THREE BOOKS for Mia and Michael to get together!!).
  9. Beautiful Creatures: I enjoyed the books (though after hating the sequel series, I’m not sure if I can re-read them), and while the movie deviated somewhat, it was still cute.
  10. The Great Gatsby: Visually gorgeous. Plus who can resist the always-charming Leo DiCaprio??



  • 10 Things I Hate About You: Based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this teen romcom is one of the greatest things to exist. Come for a young Joseph-Gordon Levitt, stay for Heath Ledger-with-his-Australia-accent (RIP, Heath).
  • Easy A: Based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. I’ve said it before: the only unbelievable aspect is the idea that someone as gorgeous as Emma Stone could be invisible to her classmates.
  • She’s the Man: Also based on Shakespeare (Twelfth Night), this was Amanda Bynes at her funniest. Also a then relatively unknown chap by the name of Channing Tatum who sticks a tampon up his nose. Hilarious.

All three of these bonus movies are high on my list of favourites; I’ve always loved retellings!

What adaptations made your list? Are there any I should check out immediately?

10 Books That Have Never Left You

There’s a “thing” (a Facebook note or something) that’s been going around asking a variation of the question: what ten books have stayed with you (in some way) after reading them?

I found out about this from a Writer’s Digest post, and decided to try it myself. The point is that you’re not supposed to think too hard, but I over-think everything, so this took me longer than it should have.

Sidenote: these aren’t in order and they’re not necessarily my favourite books (not all of them, anyway). They’re just books that stand out for me.

Also: SPOILERS ABOUND. You’ve been warned.

1) Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

I’ve read this book so many times, my 16 year old copy is falling apart and there’s tape on one page from when I accidentally ripped it (and cried), but it’s one of my absolute favourites. Don’t talk to me about the movie, though.

Favourite chapter: Hard to choose, but I’d have to say the letters between Ella and Char. No matter how many times I read it, I still feel all warm and fuzzy the first time Char tells her he loves her.

2) Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway

The characters are so real, I want to be friends with them. Plus so many music references – as Audrey said, “You’re finally speaking my language!”

Favourite quote: “If you really want to know something about me, you should know this: I like my music loud. I mean loud. I’m not talking the kind of loud where your parents knock on your bedroom door and ask you to turn it down. Please. That’s amateur hour. When I say loud, I mean you-can’t-even-hear-your-parents-knocking-and-the-neighbors-are-putting-a-FOR-SALE-sign-on-their-house-and-moving-to-another-block-because-they-can’t-handle-the-constant-noise-anymore loud. You have to turn it up so that your chest shakes and the drums get in between your ribs like a heartbeat and the bass goes up your spine and fizzles your brain and all you can do is dance or spin in a circle or just scream along because you know that however this music makes you feel, it’s exactly right.”

3) Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling

Do I even need to say anything?

Best back story: Prisoner of Azkaban (it was my favourite for the longest time) – the Marauders were amazing; and

Best series ending: Deathly Hallows – I love how she tied everything together.

4) Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

Probably my earliest experience with death in a book. I remember being devastated when Charlotte died (I was about 7. This was also the one and only time I was sad about a spider’s death). My oldest sister (Vanessa) read it to me around the same time we read Anne of Green Gables together and it was an emotional year (Matthew’s death traumatized me for life).

Tearjerking moment: when three of Charlotte’s children decide to stay with Wilbur…even though the idea of a sack of spider eggs freaks me out.

5) Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Ask me again in a couple of years, and I’ll likely have replaced Coraline with Neverwhere (heck, half this list will probably be Gaiman-ized by then). A lot of Coraline’s story stayed with me in the 10+ years between my first and second reading of it: the dismembered hand, the button eyes…Scary but oh so good.

Creepiest scene in a children’s book: the three ghost children behind the mirror, especially when they explain that the Other Mother has their souls.

6) The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

We read it in grade seven and it was my favourite book we were ever required to read. Plus Hinton was only in her teens when she wrote it, which makes it even more impressive. My dad read it relatively recently and I kept flipping through it whenever he put it down. The ending made (makes) me cry.

Memorable quote: “Stay gold, Ponyboy.”

7) Wicked Lovely series – Melissa Marr

Easily one of the best YA fairy series I’ve read (sounds specific but you’d be surprised at how many YA fairy series there actually are). Extremely well written and fascinating. Also had one of the best series’ ending.

Best bromance despite being from separate courts: Seth, the Summer Queen’s beloved/the High Queen’s adopted son, and Niall, the Dark King – especially in my favourite book, Fragile Eternity (#3). They’ve always been my favourite characters, and I loved that they both had bigger roles in the second half of the series.

8) Gemma Doyle trilogy – Libba Bray

Admittedly, I don’t remember many of the details from this trilogy, but Libba Bray is one of my favourite authors and I’ve always loved her writing style. On my “to re-read” list.

Memorable scene: That time when Kartik turned into a tree and fans had a collective heart attack. I was distraught, at the time, but the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. Plus The Sweet Far Thing was the first book to set me on the “endings don’t always have to be happy” route, which has definitely influenced me as a reader and a writer.

9) Archer’s Goon – Diana Wynne Jones

It took two readings before I fully figured out what happened. She took a basic idea (boy who doesn’t know he has powers) and exploded it into something completely new. You think you know what’s going on but then there’s the bombshell at the end and you’re all “WHAAAAAT the heck just happened?” Extremely well done.

Best set of siblings: Torquil and Hathaway. And Awful gets a shout out because, despite what her nickname suggests, she was hilarious.

10) Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

A bookworm who has trouble separating fiction from reality – I relate to Catherine Morland on so many levels. (Sidenote: the “retelling” by Val McDermid is only good if you like stupidly stereotypical teen protagonists).

Best (Austen) hero (in my opinion): Henry Tilney. Mr. Darcy’s great and all, but you have to give Mr. Tilney props: he knows full well how naive and silly Catherine can be and yet still puts up with her. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Coraline – Neil Gaiman // Descendant – Lesley Livingston // When Did You See Her Last? – Lemony Snicket

Three books again! I’m on a flippin’ roll…


“When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.”

This was the first Gaiman book I ever read, when I was about 12 or so. I didn’t remember much of it, apart from the fact that it’s deliciously creepy as heck, but I do quite enjoy the movie version (sidenote: I spent the first half of the book wondering where Wybie was until I figured out he was just a movie character).

I can see why this is a “cross-over” book: some children (like me, the first time around), will enjoy being scared, and some adults (like me, the second time) will appreciate how dark it is. The Other Mother is definitely in the running as the most terrifying villain in children’s literature (sorry, Voldemort, you’re big and bad, but SPOILER ALERT your dismembered hand never skittered down a hallway between worlds). That plot point and the button eyes stayed with me the first time I read it…which is why, even though I like LaLaLoopsy dolls (they have some funny names), their eyes sort of freak me out.


“In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Mason Starling is alone after having crossed over into the realm of the Norse gods, and her only way out—the Bridge of Asgard—has been destroyed. Already traumatized after seeing Fennrys shot, Mason is further shocked to find herself in a place that she thought existed only in myth—Hel. So when she is greeted by a mysterious woman who introduces herself as the queen of Hel and Mason’s long-dead mother, things quickly go from bad to strange.Mason needs to return to her old life in Manhattan—and more importantly, she needs to find Fenn. In her quest to leave Hel, Mason learns she must find the Spear of Odin, a powerful magickal object and the only thing that can get her back home. What Mason doesn’t know is that if she takes up the Spear, she could set forth a series of events culminating in the end of the world . . .”

A couple of weeks ago, I read Starling, and liked it…so naturally when I read Descendant, I liked it too. Mythology – Norse, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian – is further explained and developed in this one; since I don’t have a big mythology background, it feels like I’m learning something new! Even if some of it has been tweaked to fit this particular story.

I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s a sequel, but again, the major problem was the amount of emphasis put on Mason’s physical attributes: midnight hair and super blue eyes. It’s constantly mentioned, and, unless it’s going to be a Harry Potter situation (where having his mother’s eyes makes for a devastating moment), it’s really not necessary.

My other issue – and I felt the same way with the first one – is that the beginning starts of strong, then there’s a lag in the middle, and finally the end explodes all over your face with a crazy cliffhanger. Which makes sense, and is typical of books in general, but you hit a certain point and sort of barrel through to the end so that by the time you’re done, there’s a moment of “Wait, what?”. Of course, that just makes you anxious for the next book, so it’s really quite effective.

When Did You See Her Last?:

“In the fading town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea, young apprentice Lemony Snicket has a new case to solve when he and his chaperone are hired to find a missing girl. Is the girl a runaway? Or was she kidnapped? Was she seen last at the grocery store? Or could she have stopped at the diner? Is it really any of your business? These are all the wrong questions.”

I’ve been a Lemony Snicket fan for a really long time, and I just had to pick up his next series, if only for some closure (I was perplexed for months after the end of A Series of Unfortunate Events). This series focuses on a young Snicket (pre-Baudelaire children) and his many adventures after joining the “organization”.

I don’t really remember what happened in the first book, Who Could That Be at This Hour?, but there’s enough description in this one that you at least have a vague idea of what happened previously. And since Snicket is a pro at being vague, you can’t really ask for anything more.

I love the various literary allusions (even if I don’t catch all of them), and I absolutely love how one of Snicket’s associates shows up at the end, a childhood version of an adult character from ASOUE. If you’ve read the previous books, it’s very easy to pick up on who this associate will grow up to become, well before Snicket reveals their name.

Large font (and even larger margins), a handful of illustrations, and a fast-moving story line make it easy to finish a book in a day. Quick and easy reading that’s satisfying yet leaves you asking all the (probably wrong) questions.