Joining in on another Top 5 Tuesday from the Bionic Book Worm! This week is books that really need to be seen on the big screen. So, let us just dive in, shall we?
Yes, yes, I know, this book was allegedly made into not only one movie but three. But as anyone who has read the book and seen the films can tell you, those big-screen epics bear only a passing resemblance to this beloved children’s tale. We still await Bilbo’s memoirs to come to be cinematic life as he wrote them. This illustrated version is particularly delightful with Jemima Catlin’s wonderful art.
This book is so dense you could make a separate movie from each chapter! You have drama, epic quests, tragedies, romance: if you want it, it is here, unless you like comedies. If you did not get enough of Elves in The Lord of the Rings, you will find no shortage of them here. And you get to read the tale of Beren and his lady love which Aragorn speaks of. That is my favorite part. 🙂 Ted Nasmith’s illustrations make this a prized volume to keep!
3. The River of Time series
It is a joy to read such a wonderful series as this one penned by Lisa T. Bergren! Waterfall is only the beginning of this marvelous journey of two teen sisters who accidentally find themselves transported to medieval Italy, not long before the Black Death. Or is it accidental? Five stars are nowhere high enough a rating. It deserves seven. So refreshing to see men acting like gentlemen and sexually pure romances rather than purely sexual. Gabi, the older sister and one of the narrators, is great. I love her interactions with all those she met. Love Luca’s sense of humor and everything else about him. Love Lord Greco. Marcello rocked too in the first one. I loved being in the tale and with those in it. When I was not reading it, I was dying to get back to it. The brotherhood between men, the honor and love between the good guys and gals, the suspense… This series rocks! Get the last two books here and here. Not to be missed!
4. The Chronicles of Prydain series
Lloyd Alexander’s five-volume epic fantasy adventure for young adults (or really anyone who loves a great tale) start with The Book of Three and follows Taran, Assistant Pig-Keeper, as he journeys through many perils into manhood. There are many echoes of Middle-earth here and elements of Welsh and Celtic mythology as well. It is amazingly profound in parts and has much to teach us about a life well-lived and challenges embraced no matter what the cost. Taran reminds me a lot of Frodo, which is likely a great part of why I love him, but I would anyway. 🙂 He and his friends rock!
5. The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy
This classic trilogy starts with The Summer Tree in which two men and two women from our time receive a visit from a wizard from the land of Fionavar, where dwarves, elves, men, gods, and goddesses mingle. The four hear the shocking news they need to come and help save this world. They agree to take up the challenge. And wow, what an ending to the first book! Of the people in the story, Paul Schaffer was the best, and his story the most profound and moving. I liked the two women who came with him to this first of all worlds, Kim’s journey was deep as well, and Jen’s terrifying. The enemy is fearsome indeed and well drawn. I liked the mage also and his source.
The Wandering Fire continues the tale. What an awesome book! The first one had stretches of epicness that I loved, but I loved just about every word of this one. The characters are much more 3D, where only a couple like Paul and Jennifer were in the first one. And there are some Arthurian elements in this one too. This is so much better than the first book, but the first must be read to understand this one, as the four men and women continue to courageously rise to meet their destinies.
The Darkest Road concludes the trilogy. I love the cover here. As you read it, you will understand how heartbreaking it is. Just wow, wow, wow! This trilogy just gets better and better! Such a wonderful book, like the second one, which draws you in emotionally and invests you in the story and the people who are living out this fantastic drama. My favorite was Darien, who walks The Darkest Road, a child of both Light and Dark, who must make his choice. I also loved the Arthurian part of the story also. Stars and glory, I loved the whole book, just as I had the last one. Master storytelling at its best from a tale-teller who is just as in awe as his readers are of Lancelot’s feats and cheering on everyone else who serves the Light. Love it, love it, love it! I wish there were more of these people and this world. Must read!
Which books would you like to see as movies?