Monday, March 23, 2015

10 Movies For Book Lovers


I like movies about books. Whether the plot of the movie directly involved literature, or if it simply includes a main character who happens to be a bookworm, it's always lovely to see bookish things on the big screen.

I recently watched a vlog on this topic, and it inspired me to make a list (LISTS ARE LIFE) of some of my favorite movies about books. So let's get started, shall we?

1. Miss Potter

 Miss Potter is pure loveliness. It's a biopic of the author Beatrix Potter; it tells the story of how she got her first story published and how that affected her life. It's a stunning film and it makes you feel many feels. Definitely recommend.

2. Hugo

 Literature is not the main focus of this film (actually movies are a bigger aspect), but I think any bookworm would adore seeing the gorgeous library and bookshop in Hugo. Plus, Saruman Christopher Lee plays the bookshop's owner. Can't get much more epic than that.

3. The Book Thief

 The Book Thief is my favorite book, and this movie adaptation is wonderful. The story is set in WWII Germany and is about a girl named Liesel, who's greatest ambition is to learn how to read. Books (both the reading and stealing of them) end up becoming a pivotal part of Liesel's life. It's honestly just the most touching story.

4. Shadowlands

 This film is about C. S. Lewis - and it's a must-see for any Lewis fan. The film doesn't center around the writer side of Lewis (it's more about the Jack and Joy's relationship), but it's so interesting to get to know the person behind all of those amazing books. I do warn you, though: this film will break your heart into a million little pieces.

5. Beauty and the Beast
 Props to Disney for creating a Princess who's a total book nerd. Belle uses books - especially those that include far off places and daring sword fights - as an escape from the rather boring town she lives in. Her happily ever after includes a gigantic library that I've always been hopelessly envious of.

6. The Princess Bride

"When I was your age, television was called books." Ah, this one is such a classic. The Princess Bride pokes fun at your typical fantasy story. It's hilarious and inconceivably quotable. If you haven't seen this, you've just got to.

7. Little Women

 There's a million reasons to like this movie, but one of the reasons I've always loved it is because of Jo's love for stories. She's a bookworm and a writer who dreams of getting her work published someday.

8.You've Got Mail

 This is one of the cutest rom-coms ever. One of the reasons I like so much is because of all the literary references. The movie is about Kathleen, who owns the most precious little bookshop you ever did see, and Joe, who owns a huge chain bookstore across the street. Adorable things ensue.

9. Whisper of the Heart

 Although it's not my favorite Studio Ghibli film, I have a soft spot for Whisper of the Heart. I find it pretty adorable that the two main characters meet because they realize that they have been checking out all of the same books from the library. Shizuku, the heroine, is also an aspiring author.

10. Saving Mr. Banks

 Saving Mr. Banks is about P. L. Travers and the long process of signing her book - Mary Poppins - over to Walt Disney. I enjoyed this movie a lot. I loved the 60s setting, and I thought that both Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers were brilliant. Unfortunately, I went into it thinking that the story was accurate to what really happened, and I felt rather gypped when I researched it later and discovered that it was not. Still, it's a very sweet movie.


So, tell me, do you have a thing for bookish movies? What are some of your favorites? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

love,
Hannah

52 comments:

  1. I loved Hugo! The libraries were heavenly and it did my heart good to hear Christina Rossetti referenced in a film. ;-) Plus, I love old movies, so I loved the parts about Harold Lloyd and Georges Méliès.

    I really loved the novel The Book Thief, but I was a little disappointed with the way the filmmakers handled the scene in which Liesel sees Max on his way to Dachau. That scene was so touching in the novel, but in the film, it's barely even there. Still a good movie, though.

    I've been wanting to see Shadowlands for so long! C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I think the story of his relationship with Joy Davidman really shows what a wonderful person he was. Only thing is, I'm afraid of my heart shattering into a million little pieces like you mentioned.

    Ah, Beauty and Beast. From the time I was three til I was about twelve, that was my favorite movie.

    I love You've Got Mail too. Have you seen the original version? YGM is a remake of a 1940 film called The Shop Around the Corner, which, while it's less book-centric, is still pretty fantastic.

    Oh, and Saving Mr. Banks is also one of my favorite movies. :-)

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    1. I was disappointed with that scene in The Book Thief, too - the book is definitely the best! You should definitely watch Shadowlands despite the sad feels it brings. :) Thank you so much for commenting and sharing your thoughts!

      And oh, yes I have seen The Shop Around the Corner! I love that one. James Stewart is one of my favorite actors.

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  2. You just reminded me of my current need to rewatch the Princess Bride. Thank you.

    Em also has said Miss Potter is really good! I'm thinking I need to watch this movie soon. And would you believe I haven't seen Little Women yet? Read the book, of course, but I think I need to watch the movie.

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    1. You need to watch Little Women, girl! It's so great. And The Princess Bride is always a good idea. You're welcome. ;)

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  3. Lovely list! (I feel like you've been watching WordsofaReader, ha.)

    You've Got Mail and The Princess Bride are two of my all-time favorite movies, and I also adore Miss Potter and Beauty and the Beast (favorite Disney film!) and several others that you mentioned.

    I want to see Shadowlands so badly! It's not available through the Netflix DVD service, and my local library doesn't have it. I've never looked for it online, though...anyway, C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I really want to see that movie.

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    1. YES! It was her video that I watched! #booktubersunite ;)

      I hope that you'll find Shadowlands somewhere - I think you'd really like it!

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  4. I love Hugo, the Book Thief and Beauty and the Beast! :) There should be a lot more movies that center around the subject of books; come on, Hollywood!

    xoxo Morning

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    1. You're right, they should! At least there are some great ones out there :)

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  5. YES to Miss Potter, The Book Thief, Beauty and the Beast, Little Women, Princes Bride, and Saving Mr. Banks!! SO GOOD. I need to check out those other movies! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Man I adore movies with bookish themes. What a fun list!! Another one that does it for me is Anne of Green Gables;) the writer part of me loves it. Also the Once Upon A Time show because it's all about story book characters. I mean what's not to love? :D

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    1. Thanks, Chloe! Glad you liked this! Ahh, I love Anne of Green Gables. AND Once Upon a Time.

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  7. I remember you mentioning Shadowlands before somewhere, but I forgot about it. I'll go put it on my watchlist now, it sounds good.
    Aw I love Princess Bride, and You've Got Mail is so cute. :)

    xx

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    1. I think you'd like, Sarah! If you watch it, let me know what you think of it!

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  8. Ooh, good post. I've seen half of these, I'll have to put the rest on my list.

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  9. Hehe, I got the Princess Bride reference. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. I want the libraries in Hugo and in The Book Thief so bad, don't you?! Gosh, I've only seen about half of these movies. I've got to watch the other ones soon. Believe it or not, I've never seen Beauty and the Beast. XD

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    1. Yay! And yes, I totally envy those libraries. Goodness gracious they're gorgeous!

      But whhhaaaat, never seen Beauty and the Beast? You really need to, Elizabeth! :D

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  10. I love Hugo! i know that everyone loves The Book Thief, but I'm not hooked with this one - hhaa. i enjoyed the movie because the cinematography is beautiful.

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    1. Glad you like Hugo, too! I just love it. I thought the cinematography was great in The Book Thief, too - but I understand that the movie isn't for everyone! Thanks for commenting, Niken!

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  11. All these films are so so perfect! Well apart from teh one about CS Lewis cause I haven't seen it yet! :D We are doing The Book Thief at school so I am SO excited to see the film! :D
    Saving Mr Banks- I cried it was so amazing
    Miss Potter!- the ending never happend *snifff*
    YGM SO good!
    Hugo AMAZING.. :D

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    1. That must be really fun studying The Book Thief at school! I hope you enjoy the movie! Ah, both Saving Mr. Banks and Miss Potter are such tearjerkers *sobs*
      Thanks for commenting, Evelyn!

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  12. What a fantastic list. All the movies from this list that I have watched or on my top favorites list. I suppose I must have a thing for bookish movies : )

    Here are a couple more that I thought of:

    -I Remember Mama
    -Freedom Writers

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    1. Thank you, Susanna! I've seen Freedom Writers - very good movie from what I remember! I've never heard of the other one, though, so I should look it up! Thanks for commenting!

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  13. AHHHH Hannah we have like the same taste in movies! I love Miss Potter, The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, Little Women. I just started watching Hugo, too, so now I need to finish that one!

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  14. Hugo, The Book Thief, and The Princess Bride are all wonderful movies! And, of course, Beauty and the Beast. :) You've come up with a great list.

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  15. Now I have to see Hugo and Miss Potter. I have heard that The Book Thief movie isn't as good as the book, so I've been hesitant to watch it. How does the movie compare to the book?
    I love The Princess Bride! I quote it often(especially when I'm tired and can't think straight), which drives my mom crazy Unfortunately, she does really like it, and it is really funny to just quote conversations from the movie, while she's looking at me as if I were a lunatic. :-)
    The only addition I would have to add to you list is Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea.
    This is a great list. I can't wait to watch the rest of the movies I haven't seen!

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    1. I enjoyed The Book Thief movie - I thought the casting was spot on! - but the book is definitely better. You should watch it, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

      Thanks for commenting, Ekaterina!

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  16. I love this! And it reminds me that some more movies need to be added to my To Watch List (yes, I have many a list as well).
    Anything Jane Austin makes me feel like a bookworm, but I don't know why. Someone already mentioned this, but Anne of Green Gables pretty much captures the essence of bookworms. Have you ever seen Ever After? It is one of my favorites, with witty dialogue, a spin on CInderella, and, of course, books.

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    1. Oooo, I should have thought to put Ever After on my list! That's such a great one. Good call. And of course Anne of Green Gables :) Thanks so much for commenting, Hannah!

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  17. I LOVE Saving Mr. Banks! (I went in knowing it was pretty inaccurate, but still...) I've also seen Miss Potter, Little Women, Beauty and the Beast (of course) and The Princess Bride. And I've been wanting to watch Whisper of the Heart for ages and ages.
    Another great book-related movie is Finding Neverland, which is incredibly whimsical and sad and lovely (and also pretty inaccurate, go figure). Peter Pan is one of my favorite books ever, so seeing a movie about how it (or at least the play the book is based on) came to be was wonderful.

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    1. Oooo, yes, Finding Neverland is a good one! I must watch that one again. Johnny Depp is fantabulous. Thanks for commenting, Alex!

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  18. REALLY nice post!

    shinenelevate.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. I'm fangirling here! The Book Thief and Hugo are two of my most absolute favorite movies, and The Princess Bride and Beauty and the Beast are lovely as well. I must go check out all of these, they look amazing. I love movies (especially bookish movies ;)

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    1. Yay, you like them too! Movies are awesome :)

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  20. What an awesome list! The Book Thief, Hugo, The Princess Bride, and Little Women were amazing movies! I've never watched Saving Mr. Banks, but I really want to now! Thanks for sharing! <3

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    1. Thank you! Glad you liked this, Eve!

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  21. This is a wonderful list, Hannah. I loved Hugo, even if it wasn't all about books. And of course I loved The Beauty and the Beast. Belle is my favorite Disney princess because I can relate to her the most. I love how by creating Belle Disney is able to show girls that it's okay to be smart and like to read even if others around you don't like it. I also really want to watch a lot of the other movies on here that I haven't seen such as The Princess Bride, The Book Thief, Little Women, Miss Potter and Saving Mr. Banks.

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    1. Thank you, Ana! Oh, I agree - Belle has always been one of my favorites, too.

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  22. Such a good post! I'll definitely have to check some of these out. Others are some of my favorites. =)

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  23. Lovely post, Hannah! This is a really nice idea and I agree with so many of the films you chose- love a bunch of them, too. I didn’t overly like Saving Mr. Banks, myself, but I haven’t done any research on the topic so I was presuming it was accurate. Strange that it’s not… will have to do some reading on this, I think.
    I love Whisper of the Heart. It doesn’t have so much of the magic that I love in Ghibli, but it’s just delightful. And their animation is almost always gorgeous, and this is totally one of those films where it is. Will HAVE to rewatch soon.
    I’d been planning to watch You’ve Got Mail, but now I know what it’s actually about- must get it immediately.
    Xx

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    1. Aw, thank you Romi! I'm glad to hear that you like Ghibli, too. My favorite is Howl's Moving Castle!

      I definitely recommend You've Got Mail. It's so sweet.

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  24. After reading this list I decided to watch Hugo and I loved it! Its such a cute movie. I'll definitely have to watch a couple more from the list.

    Thanks for the post! :)

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    1. That's so awesome, Felicity! Glad you liked it!

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  25. I've seen several of these films, but there were a few that I'm adding to my "To Be Watched" list... Lol! This list is perfect! :D

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