For Week 20 of the 52-week #MFRWauthor blog challenge, we’re discussing books that became movies. Well, more specifically, I’m talking about movies that were inspired by my favorite books.
Oh, how I wish I could say one of MY personally-written books was in this category but, alas, I’ve only published one – to date – so that ship has pretty much stalled at the dock… (more to come, though, so I remain optimistic!)
Okay, onward to some of my favorite books that have actually become movies:
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (which is the pen name of William Goldman). Who doesn’t root for Westley and Princess Buttercup to get together in the end? And, the movie had some great lines – I love it when my husband quotes Westley, saying, “as you wish” when I ask him to do something for me, lol.
The Martian by Andy Weir. This book had me rooting for Mark Watney from the first
line. Okay, some of the book moved slowly (the number of potato plants he grew, the number of gallons of water he reclaimed), but – for the love of God – Mark was marooned on Mars! How would they ever get him back?
And, he has a characteristic that I love in a leading man/hero – he’s got an awesome sense of humor. Man, you just gotta save a guy whose story starts with a line like “I’m pretty much fucked.”
Apollo 13 (original title: Lost Moon) by James Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger. This one was based on a true story (“Houston, we have a problem…”) and I remember the nail-biting we all did and how everyone was glued to our televisions when the news broke that Apollo 13 had suffered an explosion during the mission and the astronauts may die in space.
We could see the images the men had sent back from the Moon. We could hear the astronauts talking to Mission Control in the space capsule on the TV updates… it was sort of like living The Martian in real life.
For me (and for most people at the time) it was absolutely horrifying to know that these men might die right in front of our eyes and there was nothing that could be done about it. They had one chance and if everything didn’t go perfectly, they were toast. The movie did an excellent job of capturing the drama that went into getting the men back to Earth.
There are zillions of other movies that were inspired by books, but I won’t bore you with all the ones I love (Gone With the Wind, The Lord of the Rings, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Notebook, and Forrest Gump all leap to mind…). Which books do you love that have become movies? Leave a comment below!
This is a blog hop – visit the other authors in the hop to check out their favorite books-turned-movies: