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Top Ten Tuesdays: Movie Adaptions

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This is a day late, but there we are. This week is a freebie, so I decided to do my ten favourite book (and a few fairytales)-to-movie adaptions. Rarely is a film as good as the book it was based on, but sometimes they can do very well. It was pretty hard to put these in order, but I did eventually:

1. The Lord of the Rings TrilogyĀ (2001 – 2003)

This series is pretty flipping epic. šŸ˜€ I’m pretty sure most of us have seen this by now, so I won’t go into it much (also I can’t really sum them up XD) I’ll mention The Hobbit films (which I’ve left of the list for length reasons) here as well, although they weren’t quite as good.

2.Ā Ever AfterĀ (1998)

I’ve included a couple of fairytale adaptions since they were just too awesome to leave off. Ever After is a wonderful Cinderella adaption, telling the story in Ā a more ‘realistic’ manner. Oh, and it’s so delightfully swoony. :3 And funny. And the COSTUMESĀ flails uselessly.Ā Anyway…

3.Ā The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

I can’t believe it’s been almost aĀ decadeĀ since I went to see this in the cinema! This film actually started a deep love of Narnia, and books in general, in me. šŸ™‚ It may well be the film I’ve watched second most out of any film. (the one I’ve seen most being Help I’m a Fish, which we watched every day for about a month for some absurd reason) The other two films so far were good as well, but the first is still my favourite. šŸ™‚

4.Ā Mirror MirrorĀ (2012)

I’m sure you can guess which fairytale this is an adaption of. The visuals for this film are absolutely sumptuous, and the film itself is fantastic as well.

5.Ā How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

They changed the story a lot from the books (which I didn’t read till after the film), but I personally like the film better. The books are good, but the film isĀ amazing.

6.Ā Little WomenĀ (1994)

This film is every bit as sweet as the book itself (which is another of my favourites). I also think the casting was excellent. šŸ™‚

7.Ā Pride and PrejudiceĀ (2005)

I’ve seen two different adaptions of P&P (the other being the 1995 BBC version), and I think I like this one better. For one thing it isn’t as long, XD. Also I just like the feel of it more. My sister and I can watch this over and over. She says Mr. Darcy is adorable in this version (probably not the word I would have used, but there we are)

8. Anne of Green GablesĀ (1985)

I’ve loved and obsessed over the Anne books, and this adaption is great. The sequel is good too, although the third one was far too little like the books for my liking.

9.Ā The Hunger GamesĀ (2012)

Umm yeah. It’s pretty much exactly like the book, so that’s always fun.

10.Ā A Series of Unfortunate EventsĀ (2004)

Another one I watched before reading the books, and I’m glad I did. I abandoned the book series about eight books in. It’s just too depressing for me. I think this fitted the slightly dark quirkiness of the books, but it keeps a sense of optimism throughout.

So, those are my favourite book-movie adaptions. Which adaptions did you enjoy?

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Dragon Appreciation Day!

Bookwyrm by chromamancer at deviantart

So, yesterday wasĀ Dragon Appreciation Day, which is an annual celebration of dragons started in 2004 by Christian fantasy author, Donita K. Paul. This post was supposed to be written yesterday, but I was ill so I’m posting it today instead. To celebrate Dragon Appreciation day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dragons.

Smaug and Bilbo by yinyuming on Deviantart

SmaugĀ fromĀ The HobbitĀ by J. R. R. Tolkien

It must be said, Smaug is pretty awesome. (and a great villain at that) I had been planning on reading The Hobbit yesterday, but I couldn’t find our copy so I ended up reading Donita K. Paul’s Dragonquest instead.

ToothlessĀ from theĀ How To Train Your DragonĀ films

Toothless somehow manages to be severely cool and absolutely adorable at the same time. If you’ve been following my blog you already know how much I adore the HTTYD films (If you haven’t: It’s a LOT) and Toothless is probably one of the best parts. šŸ˜€ I’m also going to put in a word for book Toothless, who has a tendency to be irritating but can still be kinda sweet.

DiblĀ fromĀ The Dragon Keeper ChroniclesĀ by Donita K. Paul

I couldn’t get hold of any pictures of Dibl himself, so… Book cover! šŸ˜€ Couldn’t very well leave out the creator of Dragon Appreciation Day, now could I? I love pretty much every dragon in this series, but Dibl is probably my favorite. It’s a pretty close run thing though.

Feniul the Dragon by BlackWidowVenom at Deviantart

FeniulĀ from theĀ Dragon SlippersĀ Trilogy by Jessica Day George

Again, I love almost all the dragons in this series, but I love Feniul especially. His adorable awkwardness, his funniness (wow, who knew that was actually a word?), the fact he collects dogs. The list goes on and on X3

SpikeĀ fromĀ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

The Brony in me would not allow this list to end without at least mentioning Spike. He’s just so cute and funny šŸ™‚

Did you celebrate Dragon Appreciation Day? If so, how? Any dragon related books, films, etc. you think I should try?

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