Friday, July 22, 2016

Follow Friday - Archimedes Designed the Archimedes Screw in 265 B.C.

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 a single Follow Friday Featured Blogger 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 Featured Blogger of the week - The Broke Book Bank.
  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 two of your favorite Book to Movie adaptations?

1. The Lord of the Rings

This shouldn't really come as a surprise to anyone, given how much I like Tolkien's work. Despite the fact that I have some issues with the way Jackson translated the trilogy to the big screen, on the whole, I think it is a well-executed adaptation of one of the great works of fantasy fiction. When the movie gets the broad strokes of the plot, the tone of the work, and the overall atmosphere correct, I'm not going to worry about niggling details like the exclusion of Tom Bombadil, some specifics about the plot such as what the army of the dead actually did were changed, or the fact that whenever they strayed away from Tolkien's own dialogue the movie suffered. Overall, I think that Jackson's adaptation of the Lord of the Rings is probably the best adaptation we could have realistically hoped for, and better than what I expected when I first heard it was being done.

Jackson's adaptation of the Hobbit, on the other hand, was atrocious.

2. The Killer Angels

This novel was adapted into the movie Gettysburg. While it isn't a great movie, it is a remarkably faithful adaptation and a great depiction of the events as described in the book. As the book was a well-researched piece of history, and the movie takes its cues from the novel, this is a fairly rare film that is reasonably historically accurate, although the fake beards worn by many of the actors really do look like fake beards.

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  1. I don't think I realized that Gettysburg was adapted from Killer Angels. I loved that book. And all of Jeff Shaara's later ones.

    1. @Alison Can Read: The connection is most apparent in the character of Buster Kilrain, who is a fictitious character created by Shaara. In the movie, he's the character who responds to Jeff Daniels saying that man is "in action just like an angel" by saying that "well he's an angel, all right then, but he damn well must be a killer angel".