Monday, February 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies that Lead me to Books

Its time again for The Broke and The Bookish's top ten Tuesday.

This week's theme:  Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! (Pick from previous topics that you want to do again or may have missed)

I decided instead to do my own: Top Ten Movies That Lead Me To The Book. Every once in awhile I see a great movie and find out it was a book.  If the movie is good, I assume the book is even better.

1. Psycho by Robert Bloch:  I grew up on the Hitchcock classic Psycho, so I decided it was about time I read the book that lead to the movie.


 


2. Runaway Jury by John Grisham:  As a huge Grisham fan, its amazing I saw the movie first, but I did.  And I really really liked it.



3. Midnight in Paris lead to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler: Midnight is Paris is a cheesy chick flick that my husband made me watch (yeah, we are a weird couple). In the movie, Owen Wilson's character is a writer in Paris who finds a passage to the past where he meets Hemingway, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, and many more. I saw this book and thought of that movie and decided to read it.  I loved the book! (Side note: Tom Hiddleston is an adorable F. Scott.)


4.  It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: I saw this movie during an interesting time in my life.  My husband and I had just been married when our car died. It was a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta with less than 70,000 miles on it and I had taken excellent care of it. After spending about $5,000 in repairs over the course of six months with four different mechanics including a specialist, no one could figure out what was wrong or why it wouldn't work. So we parked it and became a car-less couple. One day, my husband decided we needed a date. We rode the bus to a restaurant and then walked across the street to see a movie. Then we walked about 3 miles home in the dark.  It was one of the best dates I have ever been on. The movie was awesome and we both loved it, so of course I needed to see the movie.

5. True Grit by Charles Portis:  This movie (the remake) was adorable and I loved it, so of course, I had to read the book. :)


6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: I know, I know. Its amazing it took me so long to read this. I saw the BBC min-series with Colin Firth.  Amazing.

7. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien:  Yes, his is another that took me forever to read.  I saw the first movie with Martin Freeman (love him!) and ended up deciding to read the book before seeing the rest.


8. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey:  I love this series on Showtime (except the finale...ugh!). 


9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Rebold:  I saw the movie mostly because of Mark Wahlberg.  I loved about half of the movie, and hated the other half.  I read the book hoping it was better.  While it was better, the ending wasn't any better.


10. Death of a Salesman:  I saw this in high school, the version with Dustin Hoffman and John Malchovich (with hair!). 

11 comments:

  1. awesome picks! I especially like the story to go along with "It's Kind of a Funny Story" and I've actually watched the movie Midnight in Paris...I had no idea it was a book.
    My Top Ten Tuesday

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    1. Midnight in Paris isn't a book, it just lead me to want to read a book. But its a pretty good movie considereing its a chick flick and I am not a huge fan of those.

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  2. Excellent rewind! Sometimes it's those movies that you don't realize that have a book that are really satisfying. For me I'd have Jaws and Breakfast at Tiffany's!

    Top Ten Tuesday - Favorite Characters

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    1. Jaws was a book?! I definitely have to read that one!

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  3. I haven't seen any of these...but I just finished reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close which I saw the movie of and LOVED so I had to read the book. They're very different, but still it was an amazing adaption. :) My TTT!

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    1. I haven't seen or read that one yet. I'll have to check them both out.

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  4. These are all really good choices, although I'm sad to say I haven't seen any of these movies or read any of these books (except for Pride and Prejudice and The Hobbit - I've read both, and seen both Hobbit movies). This is an interesting topic!

    Denise @ Life With No Plot

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  5. Great pick! It's usually the advert for a TV show or film that leads me to the book... because I really do love to read the books first. The finale of Dexter was just a complete train wreck, it almost destroyed my love for that show... instead I just pretend it never happened. Nice list :) My TTT.

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    1. Ending to Dexter....what ending to Dexter? ***wink wink***

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  6. Well this is one "my car died" story that had a happy ending! However, the process must not have been welcome for you. Four mechanics, with a specialist? They didn't really have a clue on what happened? Maybe the repair shops you visited weren't into European cars. What happened to this car of yours now?
    Taleen Kizirian @ JimAndJacks.com

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