Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies Adapted from a Young Adult Novel


It's Thursday again!  Another Thursday Movie Picks post inspired by Wandering Through the Shelves!  

Let's just do this.

The theme for the week is:


LOL, there are so many to choose from that came out last weekend, right?  I mean, this genre has become a little too...common.  So, I decided that I was going to think out of the box because, as much as I was entertained by The Hunger Games, I'm kind of tired of talking about it.  So, I thought about some films I really love and loved as a child/pre-teen and, well, here we have it!

Peter Pan
So, Disney's Peter Pan is one of my favorite non-princess related Disney films.  It's such a magical benchmark for imagination and fantasy, and really it has everything.  I mean, mermaids, pirates, Indians, fairies; adventure, romance, comedy...it covers every base.  Now, have you read J. M. Barrie's book?  It is utterly brilliant, and contains everything the movie contains and more!  I have no shame in admitting that Peter Pan is not only one of my favorite children's books (classified as young adult, and rightfully so when you consider some of the violence and darkness that permeates entire chapters), but it's one of my favorite books; period!

The Neverending Story
As a young kid, this was one of my favorite films.  In fact, for a long time it was pretty much the ONLY film for me.  Upon a recent rewatch, I'm spellbound by how textured the themes are here.  This is a film/story that proposed to tell a very different story than it appears to be on the outset, but the religious subtext that is so richly developed is one that, as an adult, is hard to miss.  I haven't read the book, but this is an astonishing film.

The Princess Bride
I'm still kicking myself a bit for not including this when it was Romantic Comedies Week, like so many of my fellow bloggers did.  Like, I didn't even think of it!  How did that happen?  Anyways, I am so happy that I can use it here, because I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH!  This is just the perfect genre film, a spoof in a sense and yet so lavishly lovely that it both pokes fun at and unashamedly adores the genre that it's nestled into.  So quotable, so romantic, so funny, so endlessly watchable!

44 comments:

  1. Aww I love Peter Pan. I'm one of the few losers that doesn't like the other two movies. I'm glad you thought outside the box. I was pretty predictable this week. lol

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    1. LOL, loser!

      I have a real soft spot for The Princess Bride. I liked it as a kid, but it was my wife's favorite film when we were dating and so we watched that (and Titanic) a lot, and it just became so damn quotable. Now I like it far more than she does :-P

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  2. I've seen The Never Ending Story but not for a long, long, long time. About a decade I'm guessing. I did like, however. I remember Lionel Hutz tried to sue for a blatant case of false advertising.

    The Princess Bride, I guess I'm gonna have to join Brittani as a loser and claim I don't like The Princess Bride. Just didn't click for me.

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    1. I recently rewatched The Neverending Story after not having seen it since I was, like, 14, and I have to say that it was far more powerful and poignant that I remembered.

      I'm going to need to Google this Lionel Hutz business!

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    2. LOL, this is what I get for not watching The Simpsons :-P

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    3. Haha, to be honest to see such utterly insane things in today's world it could have so easily been real.

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    4. Right! I was like "that's hilariously awesome" and then...it wasn't real!!!

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  3. Nice choices. Peter Pan is one of the few animated films that I like. I read the book when I was a kid, it is wonderful.

    I've never read The Princess Bride but the movie is terrific, so well cast in every role. Cary Elwes who played Westley in the film has a book out now called As You Wish that is full of behind the scene stories about the making of the film. The one that's fallen between the cracks is The Neverending Story, I've heard good things about it but I've never sought it out, I'll have to correct that.

    My three for the week:

    Geography Club (2013)-Closeted teen Russell has a crush on jock Kevin, whom he discovers is also in the closet. So they can spend time together without others becoming aware of their involvement they form The Geography Club with a few other friends who have secrets of their own, figuring it will sound so boring no one else will want to join. All goes as planned at first but peer pressure and outside forces change them all and the club in unexpected ways, some good some bad. Not perfect but deeply felt.

    The Secret Garden (1993)-A young British girl orphaned in an Indian earthquake is sent to live with her distant, severe uncle on his estate. Left to her own devises she eventually stumbles upon a garden locked away and forgotten. She discovers as she tends it that it holds the key to the happiness of everyone in the manor. Maggie Smith plays the housekeeper of the manor.

    Little Women (1949)-Candy colored version of the stalwart Louisa May Alcott classic of four sisters and their tower of strength mother's struggles while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Great collection of actresses, Elizabeth Taylor, June Allyson, Janet Leigh and Margaret O'Brien as the sisters-Mary Astor as Marmee and Lucile Watson as Aunt March make this worth seeing. The 1933 Katharine Hepburn and the 1994 Winona Ryder versions probably have more heft but this is an entertaining take with that Golden Age MGM sheen.

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    1. I came SO CLOSE to including The Secret Garden. I just read that to my daughter last year, and we loved it. It was such a beautiful book, and the film is also so well done. The Little Princess is another YA adaptation that works for both adults and children.

      I have never even heard of Geography Club.

      I kind of love Little Women in all of it's adaptations. Such a timeless classic...and I just heard today that they are adapting it again, with Sarah Polley in the directors chair (or she's at least been asked to write the screenplay, so I hope she directs), so I'm really excited!

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    2. I hope you can see The Neverending Story soon. I'd love to hear your thoughts. It's so much deeper than one would expect.

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  4. Wow...didn't even know there was a Peter Pan novel. The only book I've seen for it was a Disney story book. I'm curious now that you've referred to it as violent and dark. Great movie. So is Tue Neverending Story. Sadly, I've still never watche watched The Princess Bride.

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    1. I read Peter Pan to my kids, and there was a whole chapter about murder and savagery and my wife came in and was like "what in the world are you reading to them" and I showed her the cover and she just walked away. It was pretty intense. The book is so magical though, I mean, it just has everything and is so fluid and basically the perfect fairy tale.

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  5. Yes, I also love that you didn't go for the obvious! The Young Adult genre has really taken off over the last couple of years but this just shows that it isn't necessarily a new genre

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    1. Yes, and I think spicing up with some variety and range shows those new to the genre that it doesn't all suck either, LOL. I mean, this sub-genre of sorts has such a bad wrap because almost every other movie wants to be The Hunger Games, but there is a lot of depth to some of these YA novels/films.

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  6. Peter Pan is such fun - the Disney version is still my favorite (give or take Finding Neverland, which may or may not count). I've never seen The Neverending Story and didn't much care for The Princess Bride when I saw it, although I couldn't tell you why.

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    1. Oh, the Disney film, like I said, is probably my favorite Disney movie that doesn't feature a princess. It's just everything that a fairy tale is supposed to be!

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  7. I think it's funny how so many of our picks could definitely be considered for past themes and future ones. We slide around a lot between genres and your list is a great example of that. Way to reuse! Great picks.

    www.assholeswatchingmovies.com

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    1. Yeah, I'm trying really hard to NOT reuse the same film, so it's nice that so many of the films I want to use can be used for other themes.

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  8. Love that you included an animated film here! I should rewatch The Princess Bride one of these days. I love it when a movie can be both a spoof AND an homage to a genre and does it so well!

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    1. The Princess Bride is to the romantic fairy tale what Scream is to the horror genre.

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  9. Oh my goodness I completely forgot about The Neverending Story! I haven't seen that since I was little! Really need to see that again soon :)
    - Allie

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    1. It's so worth the rewatch! It's one of those childhood movies that gains a new meaning and a new impact with adulthood.

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  10. Nice. These were all favorites growing up. Peter Pan and The Princess Bride forever!

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    1. YAY, when you mentioned Peter Pan in your comment on my Fistful of Thoughts, I was so happy because I knew this post was coming :-D

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  11. It seems like a lot of children's book (Adult literary classics aren't spared either) now have been repackaged and shelved in the young adults category no doubt to bank in on the category's rising popularity - but as long as people pick up a book and read right.

    Peter Pan if I'm not mistaken was a stage play first before it was novelised.

    The Neverending Story was a childhood favourite of mind too! But I haven't seen it in like 15years.

    Wandering through the Shelves

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    1. I believe that the stage play did come first, but then Barrie expounded on his story in novel form.

      I had a feeling that these may be 'pushing it' a bit with regards to the theme, but when you think about the intended audiences here, they really are Young Adult books. They certainly aren't meant for a 5 year old to read on their own, but more a 12-13 year old...which is kind of the Twilight target audience too.

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  12. I never realized Peter Pan was based on a novel either, that's one of the greatest Disney animated films I've seen.
    I haven't seen the other two from your list, but for some reason I'm now willing to check out The Princess Bride, I've heard mixed reactions about it in the past, I guess it's time to finally check it out for myself.

    By the way, I've added your site to my blogroll.
    Mike's Cinema

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    1. Thanks Mike!

      Yeah, Peter Pan is one of the all time greats. I hope you do check out The Princess Bride!

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  13. Peter Pan is a wonderful and imaginative movie - it really does have bits of everything! Loved that you included The Princess Bride, I need to revisit that one. It's also a memorable movie!

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    1. Yup! I love that Peter Pan kind of throws every fairy tale trope into one amazingly stuffed narrative and yet pulls it off so brilliantly!

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  14. Ah!!!! I've seen all 3 of these films. I enjoyed them. Especially The Neverending Story as well as The Princess Bride. "My way isn't very sportsmanlike".

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    1. The Princess Bride is so endlessly quotable! I'm glad you like it.

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  15. All great ones! Definitely not your typical young adult novels, but great nonetheless. I remember The Princess Bride being so important to me as a kid. I remember actually renting it on VHS with my Dad from the video store inside one of local grocery stores and just loving it!

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    1. LOL, I remember those VHS rentals inside the grocery store!

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  16. Great picks! Well, about Peter Pan, I think the latest Peter Pan's adaptations suggested that it's definitely for children. Yet, it's a great pick anyway!

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    1. Yeah, I think that adaptations themselves are certainly targeted at children, but the theme was 'adaptations of YA novels' and if you read the original book, I think you'll see why I chose it. It's not a children's book. It's a chapter book, there are no pictures, it's 200+ pages and there are sections that are very dark (a whole chapter dedicated to the fact that Tiger Lily and her Indian clan actually will scalp lost boys), so it's more YA than people may think.

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  17. I love Peter Pan, little nervous about Joe Wright's Pan as I wasn't a big fan of the trailer, or the whole 'Hook was good?' we saw what happened with Maleficent haha.
    I've not watched The Princess Bride in years, need to give it a rewatch.

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    1. I don't want to be scared of Wright's Pan, because I love him and the source material, but I have to admit that as much as aspects of the trailer made me giddy with excitement, a lot of it made me very nervous. I'm hoping it was just a poorly marketed trailer in hopes to draw in kids and that the finished result is much better.

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  18. These are great choices. I love The Princess Bride! I also love the Neverending Story! My picks are The Yearling-I thought this was a wonderful story of a young boy and the fawn he helps grow to adulthood. Gregory Peck was gentle and the perfect dad. Fantasia-great animation, great music and a great way to teach kids that classical music is worth its weight in gold (more than rap crap). Legend is the other film I pick. It has a young Tom Cruise as the hero. I was enthralled by the unicorns and Tim Curry as the devil made my heart stop. There are so many from the Wizard of Oz to The Secret Garden...The Sound Of Music to any Shirley Temple films-all are great

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    1. Yeah, there are a lot of great choices outside of the obvious that this sub-genre has become. There are some really rich films here!

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  19. The Princess Bride is so awesome. I never really appreciated it until I got a chance to see it at the movie theaters. It has such great chemistry, comedy, and action, and it didn't pander to being goofy to be genuinely funny. Wish Hollywood made more like it! Nice list!

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    1. I'm with you 100%. I wish more people appreciated just how balanced and ON IT that movie really is.

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  20. Great picks! It's obscene how many times I've watched The Princess Bride.

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