Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Love That Became Films or TV Shows

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I recently did a Top Ten Tuesday post on a similar topic, so it’s going to be interesting to see how many other shows I can come up with. My best guess is that the first two items on my list will be on everyone else’s lists, too!

Lord of the Rings

With all of the 1980s and 1990s remakes coming out these days, I hope that this trend ends before anyone decides to remake the early 2000s Lord of the Rings films. They’ve aged wonderfully in my opinion. I’d rather see studios take a chance on something new than remake these films even though I do love this story.

Harry Potter 

There are certain things that work beautifully in a novel but won’t feel the same in a film (and vice versa). Overall, I was quite pleased with how the Harry Potter films depicted the Potterverse. The first few movies in particular will always feel magical to me.

The Martian

This film did an excellent job of explaining how the main character used science creatively to get himself out of all sorts of life-threatening predicaments when he was accidentally stranded on Mars. My first experience with Andy Weir’s style of storytelling came from this movie, and I’ve been a fan of his ever since.


Emma Donoghue’s original version of this drama about a young boy who had lived his entire life in the same room because his mother had been kidnapped by a violent stranger a few years before the boy’s birth made me stay up very late at night to see how it would turn out.

The film version of it was just as intense. Even though I already knew how it ended, I still found myself holding my breathe at certain key scenes.

Still Alice

Lisa Genova’s book by the same name was about a woman named Alice who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I was so excited when it was turned into a film.Both versions followed Alice from shortly before she was diagnosed until well into the progression of this disease. They were tearjerkers and I’d reread/rewatch either of them in a heartbeat.

My great-grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease, so it was especially meaningful to see what this illness might be like for the person experiencing it. The gif above is from a scene where Alice forgets how to get home again early on in the course of her disease. It was the moment when I realized just how amazing this story is.

Hidden Figures

Where there were a few fictional tweaks to the film version of Hidden Figures that I wasn’t a big fan of, the true story that Margot Lee Shetterly wrote of how these women made the calculations that sent humankind to the moon is still something well worth checking out.

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28 Responses to Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: Books I Love That Became Films or TV Shows

  1. I’ve read everything on this list save for the Martian and the Lord of the Rings. Great list. I read Room and while the book was just too weird for me, I can’t imagine watching the movie. I’m not sure I could stomach it.

    • Thank you.

      Yeah, if you couldn’t handle the book version of Room, I definitely wouldn’t recommend the film. It had some pretty tense moments.

  2. The only books i read fromyourlist were the POtter books. But I loved every one of your movies!!!

  3. Other than LOTR and Potter, I’ve not seen the others. I remember enjoying the book The Room.. will have to check out the movie (as well as the rest of your list)! Thanks for coming by.

    • You’re welcome. Since you liked the book version of the Room, I think you’d adore the film. They did an excellent job of capturing the main character’s innocence and his strong relationship with his mom.

  4. Great list, including several that I haven’t read.

  5. I did a TTT on this recently, too, and didn’t want to repeat it, lol. I agree with your LOTR assessment (but HOW ARE THEY ALMOST 20 YEARS OLD???).

    Loved the Harry Potter movies, too. Casting was spot on, and the story was reduced down to the things that really mattered most. I watched “The Martian” but didn’t read the book, but I really liked the movie (and I wasn’t sure I would).

    Good choices!

  6. Well, I’ve read some of these and seen the movies and others you listed gave me MORE things to put on my TBR list. Interesting list as always Lydia.

  7. I loved Hidden Figures so much. Hadn’t expected it to be as funny as it was. Great list.

  8. I 100% agree about LOTR and Harry Potter! I miss the winters when we’d get a new one of each of those movies a month apart. (But I agree with the other commenter who wants to know how they are nearly 20 years old already.)

  9. Hidden Figures is one of my favorite movies of all time. And I love the book too.
    Glad someone else picked The Martian.
    I’d like to see Still Alice.

  10. I love the Harry Potter books and movies. I never get tired of watching/reading them.

  11. Hidden Figures was incredible! I have the Martian on my TBR list. And of course, Harry Potter was amazing.

  12. I loved Hidden Figures and the Martian. I need to read the books.

  13. I bought Room (the book) specifically so I could watch the movie, but I haven’t read it yet. Need to get to that because everyone raves about both!

    • Cool. I hope you like it. You should definitely read it before watching the film, though, because there were a couple of key plot points that the film didn’t explain quite as well as it could.

      While the film does make sense without them, it’s sooo much better if you know about that stuff already.

  14. tonyalee

    I haven’t read anything on this list! But I have seen a few of the movies!

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