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Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

Thanks to Madeleine at Scribble and Edit for hosting this blogfest. It has been quite a journey through the memory banks, a little dim and dusty at times, but here are a few highlights. There are, I have no doubt, many many more that I could have added to the list, and indeed many more that really ought to be on the list, but these are the ones that I can bring to mind. If your favourites are not here, then do remind me of them in your comments!

Books I have read whose Films I have seen:
(I have discounted films that spawn a “book of the film”)

Here they are as they occur to me!

Lord of the Rings                                JRR Tolkein
Narnia series                                      CS Lewis
Stardust                                               Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter series                             JK Rowling
The Hogfather                                     Terry Pratchett
Colour of Magic                                  Terry Pratchett
Going Postal                                       Terry Pratchett
James Bond Series                            Ian Fleming
Watership Down                                  Richard Adams
Pride and Prejudice                            Jane Austen
Emma                                                   Jane Austen
Northangar Abbey                               Jane Austen
Persuasion                                           Jane Austen
Jane Eyre                                             Charlotte Bronte
Many Dickens Novels                         Charles Dickens
Many Shakespeare Plays                  William Shakespeare
Swallows and Amazons                      Arthur Ransome
Moonfleet                                              J. Meade Falkner
Wind in the Willows                             Kenneth Grahame
2001: A Space Odyssey                    Arthur C Clarke
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang                      Ian Fleming
Sherlock Homes stories                     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My Family and Other Animals            Gerald Durrell
I Robot                                                   Isaac Asimov
War of the Worlds                                HG Wells
The Time Machine                               HG Wells
Many Agatha Christie crime novels   Agatha Christie
Many Alistair MacLean novels            Alistair MacLean

Books I have read (and loved) whose films I have not yet seen

Lovely Bones                                          Alice Sebold
The Hobbit (but soon, very soon!)        JRR Tolkein
Neverwhere                                            Neil Gaiman
Hornblower series                                 CS Forester
The Sword of Truth Series                   Terry Goodkind

Books I would love to see made into a film / films

Wheel of Time Series                         Robert Jordan / 
                                                              Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn series                                   Brandon Sanderson
Quantum Gravity series                     Justina Robson
Black Magician series                       Trudi Canavan
Vatta’s War series                             Elizabeth Moon
Riftwar Cycle                                      Raymond E Feist
The rest of the Discworld Series     Terry Pratchett
Dragonriders series                          Anne McCaffrey
The Belgariad                                    David Eddings
The Malorean                                     David Eddings
The Elenium                                       David Eddings
Ringworld                                           Larry Niven
Tower on the Rift Series                   Ian Irvine
The Player of Games                        Ian M Banks
(and other culture novels)

It will be of no surprise to you that the novels listed here display a distinct lean towards the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, with a healthy nod towards the crime/mystery/suspense genre. I shall have a look around some of your lists later - perhaps I might get some ideas to broaden my horizons!


  1. I just watched Hogfather last night!! Yay!! I too would love, love, love many more Discworld books made into tv films/series!

    Great list! Take care

  2. Well, your memory seems to be very good, Dom, and I'm delighted to know a man who has read Austen and Bronte and admits it on his blog for all the world to see. Wonderful.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. No surprise at all they are mostly of that genre. The Hobbit is still sixteen months away - too long!

  4. Hi Dom. I can't wait to see Peter Jackson's Hobbit when it's out. That reminds me - I must take another look at his blog. I know the film will be as good as the three LOTR films and that's hard to beat.

    Great list!

  5. Great list. Love the suggestions for films that could be made too. I have seen Hogfather and The Colour of Magic but haven't read the books and wasn't that keen on the adaptations though 'Going Postal' was fab and I want to read it now. Thanks for taking part. It's been fun :O)

  6. That's a great list, thanks for sharing in the blogfest. I think that you might like to read some of my thoughts on how to turn 9 science fiction and fantasy books into great movies.

    And, if you get a chance, check out a fellow writer's zombie story and help me make him wear an embarrassing shirt next year! It's the ultimate grudge match between social media and the zombies. Details are here:

  7. I love Terry Pratchett's books; I'll have to get around to watching the movies! I only learned there were ones from this blogfest.

    Great list!

  8. Great list! I'm going to save it to make sure I've seen the movies (yay Netflix).

    I would add Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The movie is rather pointless unless you've read the book.


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