Novel to Film Challenge (2013-2014)

Challenge: Read 12 Novels and watch the movies based off them.

Now, in most cases I have either read the novels or watched at least one version of the films that I will be reviewing. My goal is to eliminate the “or”.

When: November 1, 2013- November 30, 2014

The Road so Far: 8/12

DorianGrayLippincottMoviePoster1. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and “Dorian Gray” (2009)

Original Position: I saw the film first

  • Novel: 11/12
  • Film: 7/12. I threw an extra point in there for my shallow love of Ben Barnes’ face.

Verdict: Read the Book

 

2. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and “Ender’s Game” (2013)

Original Position: I read the book firstEnder's Game

  • Novel: 11/12
  • Film: 10/12 If you’ve never seen Asa Butterfield in action, then now is the time. He simply shines as Ender Wiggin in a visually stunning and thought provoking representation of the beloved novel

Verdict: Read the book and watch the movie

 

 

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (The Curious Case2008)

Original Position: I saw the film first

  • Short Story: 11/12
  • Film: 9/12 I’d give it a higher score for creativity and overall greatness but it was so incredibly long that I almost could not take it.

Verdict: Read the short story and give the film a try. It is really incredibly well done (and drastically different) but it’s just very very long

 

4. The Great Gatsby and 4 different film versions of The Great Gatsbygreatgatsbybook

Original Position: I read the novel first.

  • Novel: 12/12
  • Films: See my reviews of all 4 versions by clicking on the picture here!

Verdict: Read the book. Please, please read the book.

 

 

 

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeNarnia

Original Position: I saw the film first

Verdict: Read the book and watch the film. You won’t regret either.

 

 

6. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and “Fight Club” (1999)

Original Position: I saw the film firstFight Club

  • Novel: 12/12
  • Film: 12/12

Verdict: Read the book and the watch the film (if you’ve by some miracle haven’t done either already). I was originally hoping to be able to write an actual post about either the novel or the film, but I found that I couldn’t-and that wasn’t because I would be breaking the first two rules of Fight Club. I just found it difficult to talk about something that was already done so well. I guess that only thing I can say about it that this story will make you think. It will make you think about all the things you thought about in life and it will make you question whether or not they were ever really important. It will make you question yourself and any thought you ever had.

7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (2013)

Original Position: Read the book firstThe Mortal Instruments

  • Novel: 10/12
  • Film: 8/12

Verdict: Read the book and give the movie a chance.

 

 

 

 

8. Divergent by Veronica Roth and “Divergent” (2014)Divergent

Original Position: Read the book first

  • Novel: 12/12
  • Film: 10/12

Verdict: Read the book and watch the movie. You won’t be disappointed by either.

 


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