Top 10 Tuesday: Trick or Treat


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Halloween freebie. So, let’s go trick-or-treating! Is it the book or movie adaptation that’s the treat?









Practical Magic

Book: Trick – I hated this book with a passion.

Movie: Treat – The movie is so different from the book that if you named it something else, you’d never really guess there was a connection between the two. This is a fun flick about two witches who kill a dude and try to cover it up. It’s lighthearted… I promise.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Book: Treat – I absolutely loved this book as a kid. One of my goals is to eventually go back and read the entire series, since I’ve only read this one.

Movie: Trick – Here’s an unpopular opinion, I don’t like the movie “Wizard of Oz”. While I appreciate it as a pivotal piece of film history, I cringe at the thought of having to watch it. Might be because I was forced to see it so many times as a kid.


The First Wives Club

Book: Trick – My god, this book was horrible. I’m wondering who looked at this novel and thought, “this would make a great movie”.

Movie: Treat – I haven’t seen this movie in years, but I remember enjoying it as a kid. In part it’s because of the great dynamic between Bette Milder, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.


The Color Purple

Book: Treat – The rare instance where I love the both the novel and movie adaptation. I slightly prefer the book to the movie.

Movie: Treat – Both the book and movie are worth a read/watch.


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Book: Trick – Ok, so the book isn’t really a trick. I still enjoyed it, I just prefer the movie.

Movie: Treat – I love this movie. Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Torro’s performances are fabulous. If you haven’t seen this, I highly suggest checking it out.


The Scarlet Pimpernel

Book: Treat – Again, I actually enjoy both the book and movie. However, I much prefer the book this time around.

Movie: Trick – How can you go wrong with Jane Seymour and Ian McKellen. The movie is worth a watch, even if the book is better.


The Haunting of Hill House

Book: Trick – This book really bored me when I read it. Mostly because I had been expecting a horror story. It’s actually more of a psychological exploration of the main character. Not bad, just not what I had been expecting.

Movie: Trick – The 1999 film adaptation of the book was pretty bad and diverged quite a bit from the original story. It’s campy but not enough to be so bad it’s good.


John Dies at the End

Book: Treat – A crazy book that hinges on weird stuff constantly happening. It was pretty entertaining to read if you’re into those kind of stories.

Movie: Trick – Wow, this movie was bad! It was nearly unwatchable.



Play: Treat – The play is pretty fabulous to read, but of course seeing a live performance is better.

Movie: Treat – This was an incredibly well done film. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend it.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Book: Treat – I’ve talked about this book before. Capote’s writing is gorgeous. Definitely go check it out if you haven’t already read this one.

Movie: Trick – I love Audrey Hepburn but I hated this movie. Mickey Rooney’s performance is extremely cringe-worthy and they completely changed the ending from what happens in the book.



6 thoughts on “Top 10 Tuesday: Trick or Treat

  1. I love your take this week! I’ve found that probably 85 – 90% of the time I prefer the book to the movie. I have not yet read Breakfast at Tiffany’s – it is on my TBR though. I need to get to that one! I also loved First Wives Club. Haven’t read the book, and it looks like I made the right choice. 🙂 Great list!


  2. You scared the crap out of me when you put Trick on the book of Fear and Loathing.. I LOVED this book and refused to see the movie because Johnny was on a love fest with Hunter. Johnny is just too weird for me sometimes 🙂 I had read the book YEARS before the movie.

    And I never read Breakfast but the ending is different?!?!?!?! Say it isn’t soo!!! I love that movie!!! And there’s a reason why Mickey Rooney plays that part the way he does. It was the way it was back then and a part of the history of cinema and caricatures back then. Totally not acceptable today!!

    Awesome post!!! I loved the trick or treat idea!! And I, too, loved the movie Practical Magic!!!


  3. Haha, what a great idea for a Halloween themed TTT. I hadn’t even realized The First Wives Club was based on a book. I haven’t seen the movie in ages either but I loved it as a kid too. Sad to hear that the original source material was so terrible, but the cover is pretty clever.


  4. This is SO clever, Samantha! I feel a bit dumb saying it, but I didn’t even realize that Practical Magic was based off a book. Sounds like I wasn’t missing out on much! We’re in complete agreement on Breakfast at Tiffany’s, I loved the book but that movie is just…so problematic. Probably one of the most racist portrayals of an East Asian person I’ve ever seen in a film.


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