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Week 20: “My favorite movies inspired by books”

I’m getting in under the wire here because I ran out of time to get my post ready. Earlier in the week I listed some of my favorite movies that were inspired by books, so I had that part already scratched out in my notes. Here we go…

One of my favorite movies is Somewhere in Time. It was filmed on Mackinac Island in Michigan, my home state. Every year they celebrate the movie on the island. Jane Seymour has visited. Sadly, I have never attended. In fact, I just pulled the movie off my shelf as a reminder to watch again soon. Official Trailer.



I’ve been there and stood at the same tree where Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour)  said to Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve), “Is it you?” In fact, I said the same thing while standing there. Sorry the photo is blurry. It’s a picture of a picture. You can see part of it is ripped off…a story in itself.

I have the CD too, but I haven’t listened to it in years. My favorite song on the CD is:  Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini (Somewhere In Time/Soundtrack Version) by by Chet Swiatkowski.



Did you know the original book for that movie was called Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson? I have this hardback book somewhere, but I think mine has the title written across the front of the book.

Bid Time Return by Richard Matheson


It was later that the screenplay version came out as Somewhere in Time. I have this book also but with a different cover. This differs from the original storyline in Bid Time Return. The author played a cameo role in the movie.  He also wrote this version, which is probably the screenplay version. I can’t find the actual book that I own, online now. It has the same cover as the movie.



Another of my favorite movies inspired by books is Letters to Juliet, which is the same name as the book. Also, by Lise and Ceil Friedman Letters to Juliet: Celebrating Shakespeare’s Greatest Heroine, the Magical City of Verona, and the Power of Love, sounds more like a story ABOUT the movie and not the book according to some of the reviews.  I love this movie because it’s a romance and it takes place in Italy. A win-win for me.



Some other movies I like Inspired by books:


Walt Longmire Books by Craig Johnson. This very well could have been number one on my list since I’m a big Longmire fan. No, it wasn’t made into a movie but instead a TV series, so it’s still something you can WATCH. Netflix picked it up after A&E dumped the show with no warning after three seasons. Season six is coming up in September and it’ll be the final season. I’ll sure miss the show and the cast. The Longmire Posse, a group that started on Twitter had a lot to do with getting Netflix to pick up the show. Of course, I’m in that group!

Dear John and The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. (The last movie I watched based on one of his books tore me to pieces at the ending, and it’ll be a long time before I read or watch another one.)

Eat Pray Love

James Bond Books and Movies, especially movies with Daniel Craig.

Bourne movies

Black hawk down

I’m sure there are more I could add to my list since I’ve lived through a lifetime of watching movies based on books, but I’ll stop here.

Stop by to visit the other participants, because you guys know this is a blog hop.  🙂 Thanks!

Have a great weekend.

Update: I just watched Somewhere in Time, and they show the title of the book in the beginning credits saying Richard Mathewson wrote the screenplay based on his book Bid Time Return. And yes. I still love the movie. As soon as it started I had that feel good feeling inside, even after losing count of how many times I’ve seen it.  💕

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