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30 Day Book Meme, Day 19

Favorite book turned into a movie:

This isn’t even a question that needs to be asked of a twenty-something occasional fantasy fan, is it? There are books-to-movies I have to watch with my mom every year (the Colin Firth Pride & Prejudice), there are movies I have to watch because they came out while I was on my visit home (Harry Potter), there are ones so good they send me back to the book for a reread (the Coen brothers’ True Grit), but there’s no film adaptation that I thrill to quite as much as Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien wrote the fantasy that no one could follow (though many have tried), and Jackson did the adaptation and fantasy films that no one can follow. Judging by the latest Harry Potter film, it’s near impossible to do a fantasy film today without echoing some element of Jackson’s imagery.

Besides, he gave us this:

30 Day Book Meme:
Day 01 – The best book you read last year
Day 02 – A book that you’ve read more than three times
Day 03 – Your favorite series
Day 04 – Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 – A book that makes you happy
Day 06 – A book that makes you sad
Day 07 – Most underrated book
Day 08 – Most overrated book
Day 09 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 – Favorite classic book
Day 11 – A book you hated
Day 12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 – Your favorite writer
Day 14 – Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 – Favorite male character
Day 16 – Favorite female character
Day 17 – Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 – A book that disappointed you
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 – Favorite romance book
Day 21 – Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 – Favorite book you own
Day 23 – A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 – A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 – A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 – A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 – Favorite title
Day 29 – A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 – Your favorite book of all time

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I’m definitely between Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings on this one — although Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version) would be in there too. But those last two are love/hate for me. I love the movies but hate every change that was made to the stories. Peter Jackson was brilliant in that where he left things out or made changes to the story in LOTR, it was for very good reasons.

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