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My 10 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptions: Go watch them!

Some of these movies well known and loved but the other half are so incredibly under-rated and I just have to give them a shout out cause THEY DESERVE THE HYPE!

1. Treasure Island (1990) 

Christian Bale as Jim Hawkins and Charlton Heston (and Christopher Lee for a bit). Need I say more? Nobody loves the book more than I do and this movie is fuckin incredible, exciting, gritty, and VERY close to it’s source material. 

2. The Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (The Royal Shakespeare Company) 

Eight and a half hours of the best theater you will ever see. End of story. Nothing will ever come close. Holy shit. 

YES THEY FILMED IT, IT’S ON DVD, THANK GOD!

3. The Great Gatsby (2000) 

Paul Rudd! Paul Rudd makes this movie. He plays Nick who is the narrator in the book and in this movie you get watch him become more and more disgusted with the culture that he’s jumped into. 

This is not a very romantic movie. It’s gritty, and a bit bleak. You see the underside of the glossy Jazz Age. Bravo. 

4. Peter Pan (2003)

NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THIS FUKCIN MOVIE! DEAR GOD IT’S THE BEST LIVE ACTION CHILDREN’S MOVIE EVER MADE!

Everyone I know who’s seen this movie adores it. Because it’s perfect. It’s got Jason Isaacs as Captain Hook! You can’t get more bad ass. 

5. & 6. Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) and Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd)

Both of these books series were based during the Napoleonic Wars; Richard Sharpe in the British Army and Horatio Hornblower in the British Navy. But what is so special about these two series is that they were filmed during the 90s by the BBC so they are great fun to watch as a pair. 

(added bonus: Sean Bean is an action hero in 14+ stories and lives) 

7. Pride and Prejudice (2005) 

This movie owns my soul. 

8. Great Expectations (1999) 

If you don’t like the book you won’t like this movie either. 

BUT if you loved the book like I do you have to watch this. Ioan is a great fit for Pip because no matter how dumb or selfish Pip’s decisions are you can’t help but feel sorry for him and his fall from grace at the end of the story is super emotionally visceral. Thanks Ioan!

10. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) 

Even though the story has to be paired down a ton since the book is so fucking LONG it’s still a great adaption. All the drama and sword fighting and intrigue that I like about the story is still there.  

WHY THE HELL DOES NO ONE TALK ABOUT SHARPE? SERIOUSLY THOUGH...

SHARPE IS A COMMON SOLDIER FROM THE RANKS, WHO SAVES THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S LIFE DURING THE PENINSULAR WAR AND GETS PROMOTED TO AN OFFICER AND GOES ON MANY ADVENTURES AS A RESULT. HE IS PLAYED BY SEAN BEAN…

HOWEVER…

BEFORE YOU STOP THE CLOCKS AND COVER THE MIRRORS, RICHARD SHARPE HAS BEEN IN SIXTEEN… THAT’S RIGHT, SIXTEEN ADVENTURES!!! AND HE ISN’T DEAD!

THE POOR BASTARD HAS BEEN SHOT…

AND STABBED…

BUT HE FUCKING LIVES!

IS A GENERAL ALL ROUND BAMF AND AMAZING CHARACTER…

ALSO, HIS LONG LOST BROTHER IS PLAYED BY PHILIP GLENISTER… 

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I believe that’s the sort of thing that chooses you.