Will this blog post be about this...
If you guessed number two you would be correct. I saw Eclipse this weekend...in an IMAX...and *crazy fangirl squee* I really liked it.
Let me begin by saying that I'm always skeptical of movies based on books. Don't get me wrong, there have been some truly great adaptations: Harry Potter, The Notebook, and Lord of the Rings just to name a few. Let's also not forget how many awards Precious picked up at the Oscars this year. A great book, however, is hard to live up to and the cast list in my head is not always the cast of actors on the screen.
Even if an actor fits my expections, the true test is not in their looks but their ability at capturing the balanced emotion of a scene. In short, can the actor's performance live up to the prose?
I have to say, I'm more apt to watch a movie based on a book I read than read a book based on a movie I watched. Perhaps I'm impartial. Regardless of the genre or the medium, however, I just love a great story.
But what about you? What movies do you think have been great adaptations of books or what books have you read after watching an interesting movie?