Friday, October 30, 2015

Follow Friday - The Giant Panda Mei Xiang Weighs About 233 Pounds

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and two Follow Friday Features Bloggers each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the two Featured Bloggers of the week - Kayl's Krazy Obsession and Confuzzled Books.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What are your favorite books that have been made into a movie?

I have seen many of my favorite books made into movies. The only trouble is, many of my favorite books have been made into pretty bad movies. For example, I love Frank Herbert's Dune, but the Dino de Laurentis film adaptation of the movie is really not very good, and even though I like the mini-series adaptation, it isn't a movie and has some pretty noticeable flaws as well. I also like Robert A. Heinlein's book Starship Troopers, but the Paul Veerhooven adaptation of the book is simply atrocious. Tolkien's Hobbit is a fantastic book, and yet Peter Jackson managed to turn it into not one, but three really terrible and tedious movies (although I am quite fond of the Rankin-Bass animated adaptation of that same book). And so on. One of the down sides to being a science fiction and fantasy fan is that if someone makes a movie out of a book you love, there is a pretty decent chance that it will be a fairly bad movie.

This rule isn't universal - there have been some movies made out of fantasy or science fiction books that have been good. Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series has been adapted into a pretty good series of films, and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books have been adapted quite ably into movies. I suppose my best-loved book that has been adapted reasonably well for the big screen is the Lord of the Rings. I have some issues with the three films that Peter Jackson made out of the trilogy, but on the whole it is a decent retelling of the story. I am also partial to the PBS made for television movie that adapted Ursula K. Le Guin's book The Lathe of Heaven, but I seem to be in a fairly small minority on that opinion.

Subsequent Follow Friday: Cato the Elder Was Born in 234 B.C.

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