Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish
We've talked adaptations before, but it's been quite awhile and let's face it--I am always up for this particular discussion. I've recently engaged in a couple of marathon chats with my 13-year-old niece regarding the subject. A word to the wise: do not get her going on the disaster that was the Percy Jackson movie. She cried tears of rage similar to the ones I wept upon viewing that atrocious "adaptation" of The Dark is Rising. Which is just one of the many things I love about her (and which always reminds me of myself at that age). Thirteen-year-old nerdygirls are awesome, in case you'd forgotten. So. Today, let's eschew the horrific and go with the best of the best. The ones that give you shivers they're so good, or even the ones that leave some things to be desired but that you will never stop watching because that one pivotal scene? They nailed it.
84 Charing Cross Road - I don't know if it's possible to top this one for the kind of reader I am. Everything is right. I mean, just everything is right. Down to that moment I can't ever watch without sobbing, "Looking around the rug one thing's for sure: it's here." Life would be insupportable without this adaptation.
Anne of Green Gables - I remember watching it over and over again with my mom as a kid. "This is the very last of the Queen Anne's lace for the summer. Don't worry about your hair. No one even notices it anymore." Oh, Anne.
Jane Eyre - I've watched them all, and I'm going with the most recent one because it has lingered in my head the way the others have not. I wasn't sure about that ending the first time around. And then the second time . . . that nearly inaudible sigh. I don't know about you, but a single exhalation has never felt so much like home.
Little Women - This is a comfort film in our home. Christmasy and sisterly and full of strong women, it gets a gold star for trying as hard as it could to make me buy Jo and Laurie not ending up together. My cantankerous heart came this close. Good job, little movie. You gave it your best shot.
North & South - Her luminosity, his . . . everything, the soundtrack, the tufts of cotton floating through the air, but most of all THAT ENDING. I just . . . I really cannot accurately convey my feelings for that ending.
The Outsiders - I didn't see this startlingly genuine adaptation until years after I first read the book. But it's quite simply too on to miss. "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight, from the darkness of the movie house . . . "
The Princess Bride - The stars aligned when this adaptation was made. That or some such equally fortuitous event, because it is timeless.
Sense and Sensibility - A perfect film. In every respect.
To Kill a Mockingbird - I'm fairly certain there's never in the history of movies been better casting than Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. "Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'."
Where the Wild Things Are - I don't know that I'll ever be able to watch it a second time. So. Many. Emotions. All I know is that this film should come with a warning for mothers of boys. Beyond this point, there be dragons.