My Favorite Books Turned into Movies…with @meganslayer #movies #books #meganslayer

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This week’s post is about my favorite book and how I’d cast it.

I’m not going to lie. This one is hard. Many of my favorite books have already been made into movies and the casting was spot on. No kidding. To Kill a Mockingbird couldn’t have been cast any better. I mean Gregory Peck IS Atticus Finch. Or how about Shoeless Joe. I can’t imagine anyone else besides Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella or Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe. They just fit the parts. I can’t see anyone besides Jack Nicholson as Jack in The Shining.

So I’m trying to decide what book I loved that would have made into a movie…. Hmmm…

I can think of at least one that was cast beautifully, but wasn’t a movie I would’ve made. For one, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I finally read the short story. I like Capote, but I really didn’t like Holly in the story. I liked her fine enough in the movie, but how can you not like Audrey Hepburn?

Then there’s Doctor Sleep. I loved the book. I did. I liked the Shining, too. But I don’t think Ewan McGregor was the right casting for Jack’s son. I didn’t see him as an older version of Danny. I also didn’t like the dirty old man slant to him. I got more of a vibe that he was broken, but strong. The movie made him out to be more broken and dilapidated – IMHO.

But this is about my favorite book and how I’d cast it. I’m honestly not sure. I like envisioning the characters in my head, rather than seeing how a casting director fills the role. I’d rather leave it to my imagination.

Then what are some of my favorite books? Besides the ones listed above?

  • Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Notice these have already been made into movies? Yep. I would suggest skipping the film version of Cats because it was just…yuck. The Broadway performances are better.

I struggled with this one. What about you? What would you suggest for a favorite book that should be made into a movie? You have to have a better idea than I did. I’m all ears.

10 thoughts on “My Favorite Books Turned into Movies…with @meganslayer #movies #books #meganslayer

  1. It really was tough! Re: casting — one thing I can’t stand is when they dramatically change a character (like in Watchers by Dean Koontz — the hero was supposed to be a grown man, and they made him a teenager in the movie). Unfortunately, I’m not able to participate right now, as hackers have hit my site and my host and I are working on getting things fixed, but for now I’m locked out.

    • There was a Dean Koontz (I think) book that had a big casting change – the kid who played the role is dead – and it didn’t fit at all what i got from the book. the kid was a good actor, but it wasn’t who or how I”d pictured it.

  2. This was a tough one. I agree with you on Cats, too, although I did like “Beautiful Ghosts”.

  3. It’s good to hear the Broadway version of Cats was better. I was so confused by the preview for the film version of it.

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