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!
Top Ten Favourite Movies Based on Books
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Other honourable mentions:
And we could go on….and on….and on…..