Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Movies Based on Books

July 15, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 8

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Movies Based on Books toptentuesday

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! This weekly shared “meme” has a different theme each week and is shared by many blogs. We’re aiming to come up with ten things between us each week so they won’t be in any particular order!

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Top Ten Favourite Movies Based on Books


HP Movie

1.  Harry Potter based on the books by J.K Rowling

Movie trivia: Molly Weasley’s line “Not my daughter you bitch!” is Julie Walters’ favourite line throughout her career.

2. How to train your Dragon based on the books by Cressida Cowell

Movie trivia: The Night Fury dragon species was originally going to be be more wolf like in appearance. Instead, a Dreamworks employee’s computer screen saver of a black leopard inspired the film’s creators to make Toothless more feline in appearance.

How to train your dragon

Atonement movie

3. Atonement based on the novel by Ian McEwan

Movie trivia: The green dress which Keira Knightley wore in the film has been named “the best of all time” by InStyle magazine, exceeding some classics as Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Marilyn Monroe’s white dress in The Seven Year Itch (1955) or Vivien Leigh’s red dress from Gone with the Wind (1939).

4. Cloud Atlas based on the book by David Mitchell

Movie trivia: Number 451 (Luisa Rey’s apartment and Sonmi-451) comes from a classic science fiction novel by Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451”. It denotes a temperature needed to burn books.

Cloud Atlas movie

The Shawshank Redemption

5. The Shawshank Redemption based on the book by Stephen King

Movie trivia: Stephen King sold the film rights for his novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, for $5,000. He never cashed the check. Years after Shawshank came out, the author got the check framed and mailed it back to the director Frank Darabont with a note inscribed: “In case you ever need bail money. Love, Steve.”

6. The Princess Bride based on the book by William Goldman

Movie Trivia: When asked what his favorite thing about making this film was, André the Giant replied, without skipping a beat, “Nobody looks at me.” He felt treated as an equal, without people staring at him because of his grand height.

The princess bride

Fight Club

7.  Fight Club based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk

Movie trivia: Author Chuck Palahniuk first came up with the idea for the novel after being beaten up on a camping trip when he complained to some nearby campers about the noise of their radio. When he returned to work, he was fascinated to find that nobody would mention or acknowledge his injuries, instead saying such commonplace things as “How was your weekend?” Palahniuk concluded that the reason people reacted this way was because if they asked him what had happened, a degree of personal interaction would be necessary, and his workmates simply didn’t care enough to connect with him on a personal level. It was his fascination with this societal ‘blocking’ which became the foundation for the novel.

8. The Lord of the Rings based on the novels by JRR Tolkien

Movie trivia: Peter Jackson is arachnophobic and based the Shelob design on the types of spiders he feared the most.

LOTR movie

Memoirs of a Geisha

9. Memoirs of a Geisha based on the book by Arthur Golden

Movie trivia: The elements are a running theme through this film and each of the four main Geisha have an elemental character. Sayuri is water, Mameha is wind, Pumpkin is wood and Hatsumomo is fire.

10. The Help based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett

Movie trivia: Kathryn Stockett’s book on which this film is based was rejected 60 times before it was eventually published.

The help movie


Other honourable mentions:

Perks movieThe devil wears pradasense and sensibility stand by melife of piFault in our stars movie Girl with dragon tatoo movieChildren of menHG movie

And we could go on….and on….and on…..



Natasha lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son. She is a self confessed bibliophile who enjoys literature and adult fiction. She also loves travelling and aims to visit 40 countries by the time she is 40 (current count 36).

8 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favourite Movies Based on Books”

    • Natasha

      To be fair, I think it would be impossible for any movie to properly live up to the breath-taking work of David Mitchell. But yes, I felt that the movie kept to the essence of the book. It got a bad wrap.

  1. BarefootMedStudent

    Those movie trivias are great, thanks for sharing them! The favorite on your list for me is How to Train your Dragon. I just watched the second movie last weekend and it’s so wonderful! But Cloud Atlas and HP are wonderful too. And Atonement!
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  2. Bonnie @ A Backwards Story

    I love that you did this based on books to movies! I’ve seen HP, HTTYD (Someday I’ll read it!), Atonement, The Princess Bride, LOTR, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Someday I’ll see/readCloud Atlas! I’ve also seen and/or read many of the Honorable Mentions. I think my favorite page to screen is Howl’s Moving Castle 🙂
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