I’m opting for a two part post and combining this and next week’s topics into: My Favorite Fictional Worlds in TV and Movie Adaptations. Part one is all about movies, and boy oh boy do I feel a need to watch all of these again now! All of these movies I feel captured the worlds they take place in with so much beauty and authenticity to the source material.
Ready Player One
Even though there were a whole lot of changes from Ernie’s book to the movie and a serious lack of Wil Wheaton, I really like the treatment it got.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I think all of the movies in this franchise are pretty all brilliant, but this one is damn near perfection for me. I watch these an absurd amount.
I have never been able to accurately express how much I love dinosaurs to adult humans. People often think I’m joking based on my level of enthusiasm, but I’m super not. I see all this stuff in the news about scientists extracting DNA from fossils and maybe being able to create some dino clones. Clearly, they didn’t read the books, but I’m like ehhhhhh. This way, I might get to feed a brontosaur some leaves in my lifetime and so what if a few people get monched by velociraptors. Life is about taking chances, am I right? (I even have some cool minimalist posters for movies 1-4 hanging in my house.)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This feels almost obligatory to include, but they really are quite good, especially as the movies go on. Plus I learned how to pronounce things the right way. I’m a little iffy on where Fantastic Beasts is going as a story, but those are also visually stunning movies. The real reason why I love these is even though I mumble-years-old, Harry Potter is still the one thing I do with my parents that is exactly the way it was when I was a kid and it is just *my* thing with them – no sibling interuptus on the quality time. Every book, every movie, even Wizarding World, just the three of us.
Literally every Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie
Just like with the dinosaurs, it is no exaggeration when I say, LOTR is my ride-or-die, desert island, all time favorite book. Back in the day, I and some fellow nerdlings submitted Tolkien as a theme to the college for upcoming “Special Topics in Literature” courses – and it won by a landslide. That ish is on my transcripts. Fast forward to the release of the last Hobbit movie. I somehow have convinced my three favorite people to not only play hookie from work, but sit through ten glorious hours of Middle Earth marathon with me. We also consumed truly the largest pretzel known to man. I could list a dozen other times these creations have made my heart happy. Again and again, they show up in some of my most treasured memories. <3 them forever.
There were so many other movies that deserved a shout out, but it was just a nerdy kind of day. What is your fave book turned movie?