Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday - Movies I Have Seen Without Reading The Book!


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. They feature a different top ten list every week. This week's topic is a freebie so I thought I would talk about the movies I have seen without reading the book.

Typically, I make it a point to read every book before I see the movie. But sometimes that isn't always possible for one reason or another.

1. American Sniper - Just saw this movie and it was very, very good. I loved it way more than I thought I would. Not sure I would want to read it, despite how good the movie was though. Books that focus on the military tend to read very dry and somewhat technical. Highly recommend the movie though!
 2.  Charlotte's Web - Yeah, I know this is a children's book but can you ever be too old for Charlotte's Web?
3.  Gone With The Wind - I absolutely love this movie. Vivian Leigh is probably the most beautiful actress ever. But the book is kind of long so I haven't had the energy to try to read it. Blasphemy I know! Here's the weird thing: I did read the sequel, Scarlett. How weird is that?
4.  The Princess Bride - One of my favorite movies and I will be honest: when I saw this movie about twelve years ago, I had no idea it was based on a book. I have this one on my Kindle and I am going to make it a point to read it this year!
5.  Silver Linings Playbook - Another very good movie. It's probably no coincidence that this is the second movie on the list with Bradley Cooper in it. I kind of love him and he is amazing.
6.  Julie and Julia - I love this movie because of how much I love food! Ha. The book gets mixed reviews though so I have been unsure about it. Maybe I will ignore the reviews and give it a chance.
7.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - I did start this book before I saw the movie, but I just couldn't get into it. I didn't even have plans to see the movie, but my husband kind of dragged me to it. I was surprised to see that it was really good. I am thinking I may give this one another try also.
8.  Misery - Can I be honest here and say that I have never actually read Stephen King novel. I know, I know. I need to do that! But alas, he is not at the top of my list.
9.  Fried Green Tomatoes - I did read the first paragraph of a Kindle sample but I just couldn't get into it. Okay, I know that I should really give it more than a paragraph before I give up on it. But with so many other books on my TBR, who has the time?
10. Precious (the book this movie was based on is actually Push) - This is a phenomenal movie and I think I want to read this book more than any of the others.




Are there any movies you've seen without reading the book?

45 comments :

  1. So many good movies!!! Princess Bride is my absolute favorite!! ps jealous you live in Naples!! One day i hope to visit!
    <3 Britt

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  3. Great topic! I usually try to read the book first, but it doesn't always work that way. But seriously, give Gone With the Wind a try. It's an amazing book (and Scarlett was awful, IMHO). Misery the movie was so creepy good, and the book is even better (I'm a big King fan). I really do want to see American Sniper, and I've heard from a family member that the book is really good and worth reading, but I doubt I'll have time.

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

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    1. Lisa, yes I plan on reading Gone with the wind soon! (Hopefully) haha, you know how it is with TBR's. My husband has read American Sniper and says it's not really the kind of exciting book that you can't put down. But then again, nonfiction books rarely are. I am kind of curious how the book comes across in Chris Kyle's own words because the movie was SO good. I hope you get a chance to see it.

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  4. Great list! I also try to read the book before I watch the movie but sometimes I can't wait to get around to it or I would watch a movie and then realise after the fact that it was based from a book xD

    My TTT

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    1. Thanks eclectictales11. There are some of these movies that I didn't even realize were based on books before I saw them. Ugh. I have gotten much more OCD about it over the years. :)

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  5. Awesome idea for your list! I hardly ever read the book before the movie I just never get around to it. Instill haven't read the Huger Games books :/ hahah

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    1. Thanks bookenthral.com. I can't believe you haven't read Hunger Games! Hahaha, just kidding. I do hope you read those though because they are awesome.

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  6. Nice topic!! There are so many movies I've seen without having read the book first. Here's my TTT post for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2015/01/top-ten-tuesday-authors-id-like-to-meet.html

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  7. I try not to watch the movies before the books when I can! Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Thanks ChrissiReads! I try my best to read the book first too but I guess these just got away from me. Ha

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  8. 'Silver Linings Playbook' is very different as a movie. The text was a lot darker. I had to think of them as separate stories because the movie changed so much. Both are really good, but very different.

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    1. Thanks for the input samannelizabeth, if I do decide to read Silver Linings Playbook I will keep that in mind. :)

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  9. Awesome topic! I too have seen Princess Bride and Charlotte's Web without having read the books!

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    1. Thanks Nobody! I am glad I am not the only one who hasn't read those books. :)

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    1. The girl who played Precious in the movie was Gabourey Sidibe. She won an Oscar for it I believe. And Mariah Carey was in it as well. It was a great movie.

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  11. Such a great prompt! I'm with you on Gone With the Wind, Fried Green Tomatoes, and The Princess Bride. I'd also have to add Stardust to my list. I really want to read that one! (Plus, the film is adorable.)

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    1. Thanks Bookmark Dragon, I am glad I'm not the only one who hasn't read those books. I haven't heard of Stardust though. Who is in that one?

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  12. I need to both read and watch Gone with the Wind! I have no idea what order that will happen in. Great idea for this week's post.
    Thanks for stopping by The Local Muse

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    1. Thanks Mallory, Gone with the Wind is a great movie! Hope you can watch and read it soon. :)

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  13. I have only seen 2 of these movies (The Princess Bride and Silver Linings Playbook) and haven't read either book (and likely won't). I did read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and I was so, so bored. I was going to see the movie, just for funsies, but I never did, and now I don't really feel like it. I gave away all the books in a giveaway, because I knew I was never going to read them. I love this list idea!!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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    1. Thanks Shannon! That is exactly why I didn't get very far into The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: it was boring! I think I only read a chapter but still. The movie was much more exciting. But now I am glad I haven't tried to finish the book. Sounds like it never gets better.

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  14. Wow, I actually haven't seen any of these movies at all but for the most part, I try and read the book before I see the movie. Great list!

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    1. Thanks Jeann! Oh I hope you can see some of the movies on this list. The Princess Bride is amazing!

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  15. Believe it or not these are all ones I have seen the movie to and haven't read the book as well (well except for the last two, I haven't done either with them). If I have seen the movie first though, it is rare that I will go back and read the book. Something about seeing the movie usually ruins the book for me later on.

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    1. Thanks Kindlemom, I am glad to know I am not alone in that! I rarely read the book after the movie also. Most of the time, the book is better anyway so it feels like going backwards to watch the movie and THEN read the book.

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  16. this was a great TTT idea! i loved that this week was a freebie, because everyone's been coming up with such unique and fun ideas! i TOTALLY agree with the princess bride! i've seen the movie about a dozen times, but i have yet to read the book! i'm hoping to get my hands on a copy of it soon though!
    Emily
    http://www.wholly-books.com

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    1. Thanks so much Emily! I was psyched about this week being a freebie too because I have been wanting to do this list for a while. I hope you can read The Princess Bride soon. I hope I can too! Haha

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  17. I've read half of these books, but haven't read any of the books either! I have Silver Linings Playbook, though, and I really want to read it.☺

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    1. Kaitlin, I am glad I am not the only one. :) I really really want to read Silver Linings Playbook too. I hope you get to read it soon and enjoy it. :)

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  18. I have half seen The Princess Bride...but it was not what I expected. Sure the book is better though! So I definitely have to read it! Julie & Julia <3

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    1. Lola, glad that the book is better! I love the movie though.

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  19. Fabulous list. My list would include The Chronicles of Narnia, because I've seen the movies, but never picked up one of the books.

    You really need to read Stephen King. I read Misery, but didn't see the movie. The Stand is something by King I would highly recommend, but it is over 1100 pages.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection. Sorry I am slow returning the favor.

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    1. Cheryl, I have heard great things about The Stand. I think that would probably be my first book read by him. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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    2. And I have actually never even read OR seen The Chronicles of Narnia. Weird, huh? :)

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  20. Fabulous list. My list would include The Chronicles of Narnia, because I've seen the movies, but never picked up one of the books.

    You really need to read Stephen King. I read Misery, but didn't see the movie. The Stand is something by King I would highly recommend, but it is over 1100 pages.

    Thanks for visiting The Book Connection. Sorry I am slow returning the favor.

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  21. Never read Gone with the Wind, right here. I loved this topic. I often forget that making movies from books isn't such a new trend.

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    1. Lyn, I know these are actually older books and movies. Of course lately they are making movies out of everything. Haha.

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  22. I really want to watch the American Sniper! I'm trying to watch all the movies nominated for the Oscar of this year! :)

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I'd appreciate it so much! It's both in Italian and in English :3 -> http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/

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    1. Frannie, you really should. It is so good!

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