TTT: Adaptations That Did Your Book Crush Justice


So this week's Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl) is all about our fictional crushes. I feel like I've done posts along these lines before, so today I'm talking about those adaptations that brought our book boyfriends to the screen without losing their appeal - at least, for me. Sometimes a character that gets your heart racing on the page,just doesn't cut it when it comes to their screen incarnation. But here are a few that I felt lived up to expectations:  


North and South 2004, John Thornton


He may be a very different physical type from book Thornton (plus that bit where he kicks that guy on the floor is so out of character!) but Richard Armitage's portrayal of Thornton is perfect.


Jane Eyre 2006, Mr. Rochester


This adaptation was my first experience with the story of Jane Eyre, and Toby Stephen's portrayal is the only one that, for me, has ever come close to capturing that fun side of his character and the insane chemistry he has with Jane. I just love all the back and forth. 


Shadow and Bone, The Darkling


The Darkling is a bad, bad, guy. But that character + Ben Barnes is screen magic. 


Northanger Abbey 2007, Henry Tilney 


Henry Tilney is my favourite Austen hero and this adaptation got him absolutely spot on. I love A.J Fields and Andrew Davies's screenplay caught all the playfulness of the character in the book.


The Hate U Give, Khalil


So I was too old to crush on Khalil when I first read this, but the chemistry between Starr and her childhood friend was so well written on the page that the heartache was real. The film wasn't as good as the book but the chemistry between the two young actors was just as evident, making the tragedy as poignant as intended. This guy was so well cast! 


Poldark, 2015, Ross Poldark 


So I'd recommend only watching the first two series, but Ross and Demelza together are so hot. All their scenes - when she's crushing on him, when he's falling in love with her, the dress scene, the scything scene!!! It's sexy in the book but the actors (and writer) do not let us down when it comes to the book's most exciting moments. 


The Twilight Saga, Edward Cullen


Whatever you think of Twilight, it caused a sensation, and the book fans didn't have much cause for complaint when it came to the films. I was more of a Jacob girl, not going to lie. But Robert Pattinson as Edward was so pretty on the big screen. I think Eclipse was his peak - that proposal scene! 


Holes, Sam 


When I was in year eight, we studied a book called Abomination in English - but the other class were doing Holes and evidently enjoying it a lot. All the girls' conversations seemed to revolve around Sam the onion picker for a while, especially after they saw the film. When I finally watched I definitely understood why.


Outlander, Jamie Fraiser


I couldn't get into Outlander, but have seen bits of the series and if anything could make me pick it up again, it's Sam Heughan's Jamie Fraiser. From the little bits I read I feel like the casting was perfect though! 


Pride and Prejudice 1995, Mr. Darcy 


Darcy's not my favourite - but Colin Firth in the classic 1995 adaptation captures the character so perfectly. The lake scene is iconic for good reason, but his chemistry with Lizzie is also great throughout. 


Who's your favourite book crush on screen? 

If you're not so sure, try my fictional crush quizzes to help you find out!

(Which Austen man would be your fella?Which Disney Prince is your match?Which 'Shadow and Bone' guy is your match?Which Game of Thrones man would be your sun and stars?Which Game of Thrones woman would be the moon of your life?Which 2000's teen movie love interest would be your prom date?Which Hugh Grant character is your future (or current) husband?




Comments

  1. Ooh Poldark. I'm only on season 1 still I think, but liked it. Shadow & Bone seems to get a lot of love as well. :)

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    1. Season 1 and 2 are both really good although it slows down a lot later on. Shadow and Bone was fun!

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  2. I haven't seen Holes in ages, I think I watched it before Psych, so I wouldn't have known, but Sam is Gus!

    Toby Stephens is definitely my favorite Rochester, loved him, and I don't like the book Rochester.

    That out of character bit in North and South is terrible! I literally read North and South so I could watch Richard Armitage.

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    1. I feel like Toby Stephens captures all the good bits of Rochester and has enough charm to make me forget about the bad...Will have to look out for Psych too!

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  3. What a great twist on the topic!

    My crushes are here: https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/08/31/ttt-fictional-crushes/

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  4. I loved this!!! Here is my post -https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2021/08/top-ten-tuesday-book-characters-i-want.html.

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  5. Poldark the books and the show were so good. The tv show adaptation was cast so well. My favorites were Dwight and Caroline. :)

    Check out my TTT

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    1. Yes the casting was perfect! I loved Dwight and Caroline too

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  6. Great spin on the topic, and the videos make the post even more fun!

    Hope you'll visit my TTT list!

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  7. I don’t think I have met any of the characters you've listed on the screen.

    When you get the chance, I hope you can stop by my post and check it out: https://readbakecreate.com/characters-i-would-love-to-have-a-drink-with/

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  8. Oh my God, I agree with so many of these! There's no beating that 1995 Pride and Prejudice, Big Screen Edward Cullen was SO pretty, Shadow and Bone was everything, and that's my favourite Jane Eyre adaptation too, even though it seems really unheard of! (Also, I've never seen a Northanger Abbey adaptation, but after watching that clip I have GOT to change that.) Great list :)

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    1. Thanks! I love that Northanger Abbey adaptation, don't think they could have done it better!!

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  9. Ah Sam Heughan is gorgeous (admittedly I never read the Outlander books, so I don't know how much he resembles the Jamie from the books). He got an honourary doctorate from my Uni the year I graduated and I was slightly miffed that he wasn't in our ceremony, I graduated on the Tuesday and he was at the Thursday graduation ceremony. I thought Ben Barnes was cute when I saw Prince Caspian, but I definitely think he's got more attractive with age. He almost had me rooting for the Darkling in Shadow and Bone. Also once I realised he could sing, he became infinitely more attractive to me. And yes, Colin Firth is glorious (though shamefully I have never seen the 1995 Pride and Prejudice, or any adaptation of it for that matter.....nor have I read the book).
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2021/08/31/top-ten-tuesday-331/

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    1. Gutted for you missing Sam Heughan! There was no one interesting at my graduation but my sister had Jeremy Irons presenting and my cousin had Patrick Stewart. Ben Barnes definitely gets better with age!

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  10. Ben Barnes as The Darkling was perfection for me....that whole series is cast incredibly well. He portrayed both the charming and sinister sides very well.

    Colin Firth as Darcy is top tier! No one comes close.

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    1. He was so well cast! Colin Firth is the only one I ever picture as Darcy too.

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  11. Nice twist on the theme!

    Happy TTT!

    Susan
    www.blogginboutbooks.com

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  12. I love your twist on this week's topic! I have to agree that A.J Fields and Colin Firth made excellent Austen heroes. 😍

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    1. They're my favourites - love A.J Fields in Austenland too! Thanks!

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  13. Goodness! There's not a single entry here that I don't agree with. I can't even pick favorites here, though Rochester, Jamie and Darcy are giving it a tough fight. Loved this post!

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    1. haha Thanks! Think Rochester is my favourite.

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  14. I LOVE your take on this (and your choices are A+ too)

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