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Subject: Movies from Romance Novels
Date Posted: 5/28/2010 12:40 PM ET
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So I know many movies have been made from romance novels. I found "The Outsider" by Penelope Williamson was made into a movie with Tim Daly (WOW!! HOT HOT), and "Morning Glory" by Lavyrle Spencer was made with Christopher Reeve and Deborah Raffin.

What other movies have been made?  This is a totally selfish question as I am a total sucker for these movies.

 BTW, if Linda Lael Miller ever makes a movie about her McKettrick series, Tim Daly should definitely be in one of them!

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 1:06 PM ET
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I didn't know The Outsider was. I will have to go out to Netflix and take a look at that.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 1:11 PM ET
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Oh- my- LORD!!  I only knew Mr. Daly from Wings.  Definitely NOT the same.  I watched it on youtube (in 9 minute increments) and now it is on order from the library. 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 1:14 PM ET
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gone with the wind! a lot of daniellE steel and nora roberts...janette oke's series as well(christian historical Love Comes Softly starts the series) Christy by catherine marshall(another christian ficiton but think it has some romance) OOPS forgot about jane austen's books..



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Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:00 PM ET
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Sandra Brown's French Silk was, but Lee Horsley and Susan Lucci, just didn't make it as a couple for me, so the movie didn't work for me.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:15 PM ET
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I know a few Georgette Heyers have, but they're generally considered pretty bad.  "North and South" is classic, but I think you know that. ;-) And the most recent version of "Jane Eyre" was very good and extremely romantic.  All the Jane Austen books have been made and remade.  Can't think of much from more recent books.
 

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:57 PM ET
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Watching the movie FIRELIGHT is just like reading a romance novel (IMO).    Unfortunately it's not based on a book!

There's also a great version of WUTHERING HEIGHTS with Ralph Fiennes that is soooo very romantic.   I think it came out in 1992.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 4:10 PM ET
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Ok, can we count the oh-so-hot Sean Bean's Bernard Cornwall adaptation as a romance novel? Given Betsey's sig-I think she knows about it....(and I do so appreciate it!). I mostly hate these types of adaptations because usually they are done soooo badly. The exception are the BBC ones-love them. La Nora had several done in the last couple of years that weren't horrid. Initially aired on Lifetime but I can't remember titles. John Corbett was in one; Leann Rimes and I think Heather Locklear.... Linda Howard has had a couple-one was so bad I remember actually throwing things at the tv. "Duncan's Bride"-the heroine's brother had a follow-up book-they made a movie of THAT one-instead of "Bride". "For the Roses" is a Hallmark Hall of Fame with a very young Jennifer Garner. dh and I watched it. He enjoyed it-I hated it because of what "Hollywood" did to a beloved series of characters. A very young Sean Bean(gee...a theme!) was the rake/complete scoundrel in an adaptation of Richardson's "Clarissa". And "Lady Chatterley's Lover". Other than Colin Firth's version of P & P by far my favorite Austen is "Persuasion"-again BBC. And worth of the price of rental alone is the muffin "fight" between Colin and Rupert Everett in "The Importance of Being Earnest".

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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 6:30 AM ET
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The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton,  I just watched it last night actually, Netflix has it but I watched it on You Tube.  Age Of Innocents also by Wharton, the version with Daniel Day Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Winona Ryder. Dragonwyck by Anya Seton.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 7:29 AM ET
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Susan - I loved Firelight!  I always thought Stephen Dillane was handsome. 

About that Sean Bean thing....I was scanning the tv last night and saw Lara Croft-Cradle of Life was on so...Cieran Hinds... I'm there!  It wasn't Lara Croft it was some movie with Brad Pitt (Troy, I think due to the HUGE horse!! duh) and there was Sean Bean!! WOW poofy hair, but WOW!! Ditch Brad Pitt with that stringy greasy hair. 

Thanks all for the info...I went on our library site and put a lot on my list to see. 

 

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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 9:52 AM ET
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Yep-Troy has some serious man candy. Glad to know I wasn't the only one preferring Sean Bean(in a skirt no less!) over Mr. Pitt. Oooh-will have to look up that Cieran Hinds title.
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Jan mentioned Persuasion which brought to mind... Several of Jane Austen's books have been movie-ized: Pride and Prejudice (favorite version is with Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth Bennett), Sense and Sensability, Emma, Northanger Abbey.

Contemporary stories would have to include the books of Nicholas Sparks. I love the movies, but hate that there's never an HEA. The Notebook, Message in a Bottle (my favorite Kevin Costner movie), Nights in Rodanthe (Diane Lane and Richard Gere are hot together).

Colleen

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Nancy, I saw Dear John and loved it.  Channing Tatum is HOT!!!

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 11:49 AM ET
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"Duncan's Bride"-the heroine's brother had a follow-up book-they made a movie of THAT one-instead of "Bride".

WHAT!!!   And no one told me about a sequel!  OMG.  'Bride' would be a great little movie.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 6:14 PM ET
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Pamela-lemme do a seach for that title. And to confuse matters more, they changed the title of the movie from the book. "Loving Evangeline"-hero is Robert Cannon. Robert Cannon is the brother of Mattie-from "Duncan's Bride". Can't come up with the movie title yet....

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Date Posted: 5/29/2010 10:54 PM ET
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Yes, I found it.  The book that is.  But would love to order the movie.  let me know if you remember.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 1:50 PM ET
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I just googled Loving Evangeline movie and got a bunch of sites to visit.  The DVD is now available

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Ugh, read the book Loving Evangeline.  Don't watch the movie!!!!  The movie is horrible, misses all sorts of nuances that the book has.

They did several Harlequin books into movies several years ago.  One with Emma Samms (don't remember that title), another I actually bought the book after the movie and it was actually pretty close.  That one was called "A Change of Place".

Oh, and "Diamond Girl", a Diana Palmer book.  Didn't like that movie either and didn't find it had more than a passing resemblance to the book.

Date Posted: 5/30/2010 7:00 PM ET
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Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young was made into The Wedding Date (link to IMDB) with Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. I loved the book; movie was just ok though. I find it's better if I consider them 2 separate entities.  It's easy, because they made drastic, drastic changes in the movie.  They barely resemble each other at all.

I think I came across something else a little while back that was based on a book.  I'll try to figure out which one.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 4:02 PM ET
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Another LaVyrle Spencer book made into a tv movie was "The Fulfillment". It starred Cheryl Ladd. It was many many years ago though but i remember it being pretty good.

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans of course was a major motion picture staring Robert Redford. Not a bad movie but i enjoyed the book much more.

"The Magic Of Ordinary Days" by Ann Howard Creel , has been playing lately on the Hallmark Chanel, in fact it was just on this morning. This time around i enjoyed this movie MORE than the book!

Nora Roberts had a few too...........I really enjoyed "Montana Sky", i didn't get to watch the others.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 6:48 PM ET
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Frankly I really dont like any of these adaptations of romances.

Didnt like any of the Harlequin movies.

Didnt like the Barbara Cartland adaptions.

I turned the channel after seeing one of the Snora Roberts movies.

LOVING EVANGELINE was rank.

THE FULFILLMENMT was even more dour than the Spencer bk.

 

Regular fiction adaptations are much better. RANDOM HARVEST with Greer Garson is awesome. I loved THE NOTEBOOK. MANNEQUIN (1938) with Spencer Tracy has a tycoon fall in love with Joan Crawford at first sight. I adored NORTH & SOUTH.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Susan, I just got done watching Firelight because of your post. Thank you.   It was very very good.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 3:29 PM ET
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Snora Roberts?  I fell out of my chair laughing:P

Peronally, I'd rather watch an action adventure, mystery or thriller, comedy slash romance than see most of the books I love adapted to the screen.  I'm too finicky, and I'd be finding fault with every little thing.  And I actually think chick lit translates better to film than romance does anyway.



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Date Posted: 6/8/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Really, if I had seen the movies first, I would avoid the book altogether.  Most of the movies named really bit the big one.......