Top Ten Tuesday – Page to Screen

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right?
This week’s theme is Page to Screen Freebie (Books that became movies/TV shows, movies that became books, great adaptations, bad ones, books you need to read before watching their movie/TV show, movies you loved based on books you hated or vice versa, books you want to read because you saw the movie or vice versa, etc.)

It’s been decades since I read the book, but the recent movie was fantastic, and I am so excited to see there is going to be a sequel
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenIt by Stephen King
Also by this author: Joyland
Published by New English Library on October 1, 1987
Pages: 1116

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Welcome to Derry, Maine ...

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real ...

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.


This book was just a fun read, and the movie was every bit as fun and exciting.

Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenReady Player One (Ready Player One, #1) by Ernest Cline
Also by this author: Armada
Published by Crown Publishers on August 16, 2011
Pages: 374

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In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


I’ve only read one of the books in this series, but really enjoyed it and want to read more. That said, I am really looking forward to this adaptation coming from Netflix. Hoping it holds up as well as the books! If nothing else, the promo looks awesome.

Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenThe Last Wish (The Witcher, #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski
Also by this author: The Last Wish
Published by Gollancz on August 19, 2010
Pages: 292

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Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

One reviewer said: 'This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It's thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with sword fights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliche to completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It's easily one of the best things I've read in ages.'


Whenever people talk about the books always being better than the adaptation, I pull this out as my example of the rare exception. I read all (or almost all, there may have been a couple more published since I last read one) of the Sookie Stackhouse books, and they were “OK” … When I needed something rather light and easy to read, I read these. It helped that my library actually had them (they don’t have much). But I really loved the show, at least for the first 4 seasons. It did not follow the books exactly, and I have to say I enjoyed their changes as well as just their casting and production.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenDead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris
Also by this author: An Easy Death
Published by Ace Books on May 1, 2001
Pages: 292

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Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out....

Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.


OK, I am sure it’s no shock to see this one on my list. This is perhaps one of my favorite book series, and up until last season, was probably my favorite show as well.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) Published by Bantam on August 6, 2005
Pages: 848

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Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin’s stunning series is destined to stand as one of the great achievements of imaginative fiction.

A GAME OF THRONES

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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I have not read these books, but the show is absolutely fantastic, especially for anyone who likes narrators that are mentally disturbed. It is fascinating getting in the mind of a serial killer and hearing their justifications, and also efforts to present themselves as just an ordinary person.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenDarkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1) by Jeff Lindsay
Published by Doubleday on July 20, 2004
Pages: 288

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Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened—of himself or some other fiend.


Wow, I love this show. I have not read the books yet, but am really hoping to make the time at some point. It is dark at times .. and sometimes it is VERY dark, but also romantic and exciting. Definitely one of my favorite shows.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenOutlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Dell Publishing Company on July 26, 2005
Pages: 850

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.


I started watching this one a bit late, but the benefit was that I was able to binge watch it all. Now I just have to wait for the next season. This show deserves all the praise it has received.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Also by this author: The Heart Goes Last
Published by Anchor Books on March 16, 1998
Pages: 344

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...


I almost featured Horns by Joe Hill, but then decided to highlight NOS4A2 instead. Maybe just because I am looking forward to watching in a few weeks! I loved NOS4A2 as well as The Wraith graphic novel, so I am really looking forward to see how well this adapts, if they are able to capture the same level of creepiness.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenNOS4A2 by Joe Hill
Also by this author: Welcome to Lovecraft
Published by William Morrow on April 30, 2013
Pages: 692

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NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.


There may still be a bit of a wait, but I am soo excited for this one! Lin-Manuel Miranda is goig to be “creative producer and ‘musical mastermind’ “. Music is such a huge part of this series, I was so happy to hear they lined up someone with a solid background to faithfully carry that over in the movie.
Top Ten Tuesday – Page to ScreenThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Also by this author: The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Published by Penguin Group DAW on April 27, 2007
Pages: 662

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Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.


19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Page to Screen”

  1. Ready Player One! I forgot about that one. I’ve read the book but haven’t watched the movie. Game of thrones- such a good pick, although yeah this season is kinda iffy??

    The Witcher is a franchise I see around a lot, but haven’t read ’em. Cool that Netflix is adapting!

    I haven’t seen S2 of Handmaid’s Tale yet.
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  2. I can’t wait for NOS4A2! The book was so utterly creepy and scary, and the trailers for the show look terrifying. You’ve got some great shows on your list, and I agree, True Blood was better than the Sookie books overall. I definitely encourage you to read the Outlander books! The show is wonderful and beautiful, and the books are fabulous. Great list!
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  3. The Outlander series is very good to read – although I say that and I’m not fully uptodate – think I read 6 maybe. But, I remember finishing the first, realising there were at least another 2 or 3 already published and rushing out immediately to buy them – that’s how much I enjoyed the first one.
    Lynn 😀

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