I adore the movies. I especially adore movies based on books. Which is why I remember with such clarity the first movie adaptation I saw of a book I loved: it was The Black Stallion (book by Walter Farley). I was oh, about 9. My mom took me -- just me-- apart from my four siblings (who weren't nearly so horse-loving or book-loving) across Lake Pontchartrain into the city (New Orleans) for a matinee showing.
I loved it every bit as much as the book and still do. Now this doesn't always happen, of course. Lots of times the best part of a movie based on a book is walking out of the theater discussing all the ways the movie got it wrong.
There have been just a few over the years that I enjoyed as much (or more!) as the book. For instance, I thought the movie HUNGER GAMES improved the book (by Suzanne Collins) because Katniss's motivation was made much more clear. And what about THE READER? A much better movie, in my opinion, than book (by Bernhard Schlink). Kate Winslett totally rocked that part! Which also brings to mind another historical one, ATONEMENT. Love love love that movie just a wee bit better than the book (by Ian McEwan).
This holiday season, so far, I've had the opportunity to enjoy two movies based on books I've read, and I enjoyed them both:
LIFE OF PI (by Yann Martel)
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN part 2 (by Stephenie Meyer)
Still on my list to see this season: ANNA KARENINA, THE HOBBIT, LES MISERABLES. With that in mind, and in keeping with our monthly theme and the spirit of the season, I am giving away a $25 gift card to FANDANGO!
So hire that babysitter, people. The winner will be all set to go to the movies as early as Saturday night!
Happy Holidays, everyone! And author-friends: may all your books be made into wonderful (blockbuster!) movies. :)
ETA: And the winner is.... Tara Bullock! Congratulations!!!!