Sunday, February 19, 2012

Manuscripts to Movies

Cinema Challenge Cavalcade

Lord of the Rings
Alice in Wonderland
Romancing the Stone
The Color Purple
Die Hard
The Chronicles of Narnia
Harry Potter
Get Shorty
Planet of the Apes
The Princess Bride
Schindler's List
The Shawshank Redemption

All of these were once WiPs that evolved into manuscripts and then into novels and into film. Some movies do their novel version justice. Some, not so much. Do you have a favorite  novel-turned-movie? Would you like to see your WiP on the big screen?

Head over to Cinema Challenge Cavalcade to test your movie trivia know-how on this week's challenge: MANUSCRIPTS TO MOVIES

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  1. I really like the Harry Potter movies, although they do miss out some very important things here and there!

    I always think of my WiP in terms of movies, which sounds really smug, but I can't help but cast my characters in roles and develop a soundtrack!

  2. Definitely Lord of the Rings! I love it, my kids love it, my entire family has no choice but to love it.
    As far as my manuscript - I could only dream - but I've been told by a reader it would make a good movie.

  3. The Princess Bride is the best! There are conversations in that movie that are word for word from the book. It helps that the same man wrote the book and the screenplay. :)

  4. Ya, I did that quiz, and pretty sure I rocked it. That doesn't sound too cocky does it? Lol

  5. Ummm...I would have to say my fav is Harry Potter. They stayed fairly true to the books and its just so cool to see that world 'come to life'. I'm sure Hunger Games will give it a run least I hope so :)

    And have you ever been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando?? OMG. Awesome :)

  6. Hope, I posted a link on my blog to this post. I hope that's okay. :)

  7. Well, believe it or not, the movie Rocky had a novel out for a while that I picked up. I think it rocked! Much of the mood from the novel translated well into the movie. Although, I'm thinking that quite possibly, the script became the novel. Either way, great translation from page to screen!

  8. One of the best book to screen adaptations I've ever seen was the 1921 original film version of Vicente Blasco Ibáñez's' 'The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.' (It was remade in 1962, in an absolutely horrible movie that has almost nothing in common with either the book or the Rudy Valentino film.) Seeing the film again after reading the book only made the film even better, and having seen the film made my enjoyment of the book better as well.

    I think Fiddler on the Roof is also a pretty good book to movie adaptation, although they left out some important stuff (such as how there are seven daughters, five of whom get love stories), and altered the ending a bit. I suppose it wouldn't have been very popular in the "anything goes" Seventies to have shown the real ending, where Chava divorces her Christian husband and goes back home to be with her people as they're being expelled.

  9. Generally, movies don't live up to the original books for me. I'm sure there are exceptions I've seen, but I can't remember them at this point in time. ;)

  10. I was so busy last weekend painting that I forgot to pimp this up. {headdesk} FAIL.