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Subject: Anyone know of any romance books that were turned into TV movies?
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 12:50 AM ET
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Can anyone name some romance books that made it into being TV movies or on the big screen? Not chik lit or regular fiction. I mean actual romances. Like a Nora Roberts or Johanna Lindsey, just to randomly name a couple of authors.

Thanks,
Natalie

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 1:34 AM ET
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I didn't see them, but I think Lifetime made movies out of Nora's Angels Fall, Montana Sky, Blue Smoke, and Carolina Moon.  Apparently four more are slated for next year--High Noon, Midnight Bayou, Tribute, and Northern Lights.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:14 AM ET
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I actually did see the Lifetime movies from Nora Roberts - I'd say Montana Sky and Carolina Moon were the best of the four.  There are also movies from Diana Palmer's Diamond Girl and Linda Howard's Loving Evangeline. 

Also Julie Garwood's For the Roses - although bears only passing familiarity to the book and is a terrible movie IMO - wouldn't recommend it.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:47 AM ET
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They took some Silhouette Special Edition books and turned them into movies a few years back.  A Change of Place was one and Treacherous (maybe it's Dangerous?) Beauties.  I don't remember the authors though.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:28 AM ET
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I think some Danielle Steele books have been made into tv movies.

I agree about the For The Roses movie.  It's been a long time since I've seen it but the actress looked nothing like the character was described-I do remember that.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:32 AM ET
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"The Outsider" by Penelope Williamson was made into a movie, i think for the Hallmark Channel? Of course Jeanette Oke's book series "Love Comes Softly" has been made into movies also.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 11:03 AM ET
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Do I need to read The Outsider? I see it mentioned a lot on this forum.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 11:18 AM ET
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The series by Diana Gabaldon called Outlander was just this past month optioned to be made into a franchise of movies by the same people who did Lord of the Rings.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Harlequin produced a bunch of movies in the late 80'd early 90's from their Harlequin Presents series.  There were about 12 films made in Canada and they still occassionally play on Lifetime Movie Channel.  If you have Netflix, most of them are available to rent.  If you want a list, go to www.amazon.com and type in "Harlequin Movies" in the search bar.  You will get a HUGE list of what was made!  My favorite was the one with the chef who was being stalked and the FBI agent had to move in with her for "protection." 

Some films have familiar actor/actresses.  One has Justine Bateman and another has Cynthia Gerry (from Northern Exposure fame.) 

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 12:31 PM ET
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Cool, i checked out that list on Amazon! I don't know if " The Christmas Card" is based on a book or not, but i LOVED that movie! Even my dh likes it and he normally hates romance movies.

I forgot that LaVyrle Spencer had a few of hers made into t.v. movies." The Fulfillment "was one, i remember it because Cheryl Ladd played the herione. "Morning Glory" was also made into a movie and Christopher Reeves played the hero.

Two other movies i really enjoyed and i don't know if they were based on books or not. The plots were simular too. I believe they were on the Lifetime channel. The first one was " The Cowboy and the Movie Star" with Perry King and Sean Young: She's an actress who gets stranded in a field after leaving a movie set and crashing her car. He's a rancher who's bitter divorce is about to make his lose the ranch that's been in his family for decades. He brings the pampered actress along on his cattle drive and along the way they start to fall in love. Good movie!

I wish i knew the name of the 2nd movie i was talking about. It stars Sela Ward, she's an actress who runs off from a movie set for some reason, decides to take break from acting and just wants a normal life. She ends up waitressing at a bowling alley/ tavern and meets a local guy who runs a factory that is about to close down. They start to fall in love but when all of her 'new' friends in this small town finally realize who she is, they feel betrayed by the lie. I really liked this movie and dh even did too........i'm gonna make him a romance movie lover yet! lol

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 1:45 PM ET
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LaVyrle Spencer  -- Family Blessings

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:40 PM ET
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Ahhh th Outlander books are being made into a movie!

 I didn't know that.....Ohh I hope it's good. Book movies always dissappoint me.

Jessica

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 2:57 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions. Definitely will check out that list on Amazon.

 

So Montana Sky was made into a movie? Ahh. I thought I'd heard that, but never went looking to confirm it. I thought that was a pretty good book.

 

And I have seen Morning Glory with C. Reeves. To be honest, stick with the book. It was O.K., but because of the plot needed to be shortened a lot, it just didn't capture the magic of the book.

 

Thanks again,

Natalie

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I have a few of Danielle Steele Movies.  I loved "Messages from Nam", "Once In A Lifetime", "Zoya".  I think I have most of them except for a few that are missing from the collection as I didn't get them in time when they released them on DVD or Video Tape

 

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Yep, Montana Sky was made into a movie.  I watched about 5 minutes of it, and got upset because it didn't match the book.  I know the movie is never the same as the book, but they could've at least tried a little harder.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 10:17 PM ET
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I felt the same with with Diamond Girl by Diana Palmer.  The movie bears little resemblance to the book!

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 1:50 AM ET
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To those who saw the Montana Sky movie, would you recommend it?

 

ETA: Curiosity got the better of me... Is the Sela Ward movie mentioned called Catch a Falling Star?



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Date Posted: 11/13/2008 8:36 AM ET
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Natalie.........i think that sounds like the movie i'm talking about.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 11:02 AM ET
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I really liked the movie Montana Sky...but I never read the book.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 11:43 PM ET
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Tanya, the movie you described sounds interesting. Sadly though, I can't find it available even on VHS.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 9:39 AM ET
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Natalie, i think it was shown on the Lifetime channel a few years ago.Maybe Lifetime has a website where you could search for it?

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 10:40 AM ET
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I know Judith Krantz books Princess Daisy and I'll take Manhattan were made into movies. I see them on lifetime mabe once a year or so. Very interesting and on point with the books.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:44 AM ET
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bump

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 12:58 PM ET
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I was talking to my hubby about my book addiction and I pointed out to him that 2 of his all time favorite movies are basically romance novels. the first one is "My big, fat greek wedding" which would be a great silhouette book and "Pearl Harbor" which would be a great full length historical book.  He kinda understands my books now.

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 3:32 PM ET
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Lifetime you say? Will go check hem out. Thanks for suggesting it.

 

Okay, so the mention of My Big Fate Greek Wedding generated some thought. Er, not that I've seen that movie, but regardless of that... Can ayone name some movies that could classify as romance novels ?

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