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Books You Read In High School That Were Made Into (good) Movies

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2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:45:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
So, I was thinking. Husband and I are always looking for movies to watch.
I loved to read in high school, read a ton of the assigned and not assigned classic 'Read In High School' books. Husband hates reading fiction, so he hasn't read most of them.
I was thinking we could have a movie marathon (one a week maybe) of books made into movies.

My list so far:

Of Mice and Men
The Outsiders
Catcher in the Rye (if its a movie?)
To Kill A Mockingbird
Grapes of Wrath (I have't read)
Hamlet (if i can find a a more modern languagey movie)
Fahrenheit 451
Lord of the Flies


What did you have to read in HS?
Which classic HS reading books were made into good movies?
Which are terrible movies that we should avoid?


2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:46:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
WATCH THE BIG SICK BEFORE I HAVE A STROKE
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:48:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
To actually answer this, The Great Gatsby, but for me, I prefer the one with Leonardo DiCaprio even though Robert Redford is a real snack in his version.

While we're at it, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, too.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:48:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
The only book I remember reading in HS was the Scarlet Letter. I haven't seen the movie...
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:50:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Catcher in the Rye has never been made into a movie. Salinger was really adamant about not selling the rights while he was alive.

Last of the Mohicans was made into a pretty terrible movie, but it's also a pretty terrible book.

People have mixed things to say about the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby

Bram Stoker's Dracula has obviously been adapted a zillion times but the best modern one is the Gary Oldman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is EXCELLENT in both forms. But I'm not sure it's something you'd enjoy.

10 Things I Hate About You is Taming of the Shrew
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:53:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Also I prefer the Zeffirelli Romeo & Juliet for a bunch of reasons, not the least of them being I can't stand Claire Danes. When she started sobbing in the church at the end I actually laughed out loud because it was so terrible. The modern one also messes with some of the side plots, which are really the more interesting part of the story than a one-week love affair between two teenagers that gets people killed.

Although...for a R&J loose adaptation, the CLEAR winner is West Side Story.

2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:55:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
My son had to watch the Zefferelli version of the movie after they read it in his English class...

...apparently his teacher also can't stand Claire Danes.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:56:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm very surprised they allowed that. There's actual nudity in that one, iirc.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:56:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's a very liberal school...
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:57:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I just know that the year we read it was the year the new one came out, so we didn't have that option (it was still in theaters, or at least not out on video yet).
The best thing to come out of that movie as far as I'm concerned is a pretty solid mid-tier Radiohead song.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 9:58:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I saw the broadway one flew over the cuckoos nest! SO good. Movie added.

I haaated catcher in the rye in hs. That kid was such a prick. I thought husband might like it though.

Oo i should read scarlett letter again.

I didn't like great gatsby when i read it but I'll give the movie a try

Thanks yall!

There HAS to be a loose hamlet movie, i might have to google.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:00:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
I thought I should read Scarlet Letter again.

I realized around page 42, that I was wrong.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:02:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I haaated the leo r&j. Lame. I liked the book better and i haaate reading straight up shakespeare. I dont think I'm seen a diff movie. Im a bit meh on r&j as a whole though.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:03:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
You're definitely not supposed to NOT hate Holden.

If you want a loose Hamlet, go with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It's Hamlet, but from the POV of two minor characters (it's also funny, and Iain Glen plays Hamlet which is a bonus cause he's great always)
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:04:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:02:15 PM NicolesLove wrote:
I haaated the leo r&j. Lame. I liked the book better and i haaate reading straight up shakespeare. I dont think I'm seen a diff movie. Im a bit meh on r&j as a whole though.


That's why I said West Side Story! It's (mostly) the r&j story, just like. In New York. With songs. And Russ Tamblyn.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:07:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
Some years ago a person made a fanvid for the Zeffirelli film using Exit Music (for a film), which was neat. Because the Zeffirelli film is my favorite adaptation so I like...the whole...slapping that Radiohead song onto it.

Speaking of Shakespeare stuff
Multiple great Macbeth adaptations exist. I got so obsessed with that play after we read it, partially thanks to the films.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:08:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:02:15 PM NicolesLove wrote:
I haaated the leo r&j. Lame. I liked the book better and i haaate reading straight up shakespeare. I dont think I'm seen a diff movie. Im a bit meh on r&j as a whole though.
On Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:04:21 PM birdsong4j wrote:
That's why I said West Side Story! It's (mostly) the r&j story, just like. In New York. With songs. And Russ Tamblyn.

He's actually seen it! I'm shocked
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:09:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:03:39 PM birdsong4j wrote:
You're definitely not supposed to NOT hate Holden. If you want a loose Hamlet, go with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It's Hamlet, but from the POV of two minor characters (it's also funny, and Iain Glen plays Hamlet which is a bonus cause he's great always)


This is overselling it just a bit. It's not REALLY Hamlet. But it sort of is. And it's just a really fun movie. And written by Tom Stoppard. And starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman.

(just watch it, really)
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:10:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Im up for some macbeth
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:11:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
Fugitive pieces and the kite runner.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:12:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Dude speaking of Russ Tamblyn, I saw this the other day and thought of you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdA...

This movie was not even a musical, they just cast Russ Tamblyn and were like "eh, we should throw a dance number in there for the kid"
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:12:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
I reeeeally want husband to see The Lion King as Hamlet adaption

He has permanently vetoed talking animals though
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:13:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
Watership Down is an excellent talking animal book and film...
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:18:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Honestly, a lot of the film Macbeths aren't as good as they should be! Like I'm a huge Roman Polanski fan generally (should take this over to the problematic faves thread...). And let me just say that I DO love his version. But it's a lot. If you're looking for a more traditional interpretation, there's a filmed stage version starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench that you should go for instead.
2 months ago - Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:22:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/9/19 - 10:12:15 PM NicolesLove wrote:
I reeeeally want husband to see The Lion King as Hamlet adaption He has permanently vetoed talking animals though


Is there an actual adaptation of this, or are you just saying you want to watch The Lion King and call it a loose Hamlet adaptation?

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