I absolutely adore reading - my love for books has had a huge impact on my life! I'm going to grad school to be a children's/YA librarian.
I am SO excited about this week's top 5 Wednesday topic! I don't know about you, but any time that I read a book, I cast it in my head, haha. I'm 100% serious. And then when the actual cast doesn't match up, I get really upset! But here are my very favorite portrayals. Read on to see!
5. Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels
I'm going to be entirely honest with you right now - part of the reason why I picked this one is because I'm in love with Leo <333 The first time I saw the film version of Shutter Island, I had no idea that it was based on a book. Then, my book club read it together. First of all, the movie as a whole is a fantastic film adaptation (as are all the films featured on this list). Also, Leonardo DiCaprio just did an amazing job of bringing Teddy to life. He's such a troubled character, but if you've ever read the book or seen the movie, then you know that in the beginning, he seems like a perfectly sane and reasonable man. As the story progresses, he becomes increasingly erratic, but by the end, you still don't absolutely know if he's sane or not. And Leonardo DiCaprio does a phenomenal job of bringing such a complex role to life. Love. Him.
2. Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagal
There are so many amazing characters in the Harry Potter series. I think that the majority of the actors who were cast did a wonderful job of bringing those characters to life. However, I think the very best one was Maggie Smith, who played Professor McGonagal. She not only looked the part, but she also was perfectly suited for playing the stern teacher, who also just happened to secretly be a total badass. She delivered all of her lines with her characteristic sass and she truly brought McGonagal to life. She's so awesome.
3. Emma Stone as Skeeter Phelan
The Help is one of my all-time favorite books and it's also one of my favorite movies and I am SO glad that it's such a fantastic film adaptation. It's seriously so perfectly cast. And my very favorite cast member of the movie is Emma Stone. She is absolutely perfect as Skeeter. She's exactly how I pictured the character - nerdy with a super spunky attitude, but someone who also is actually very pretty when she wants to be. She's just the perfect Skeeter Phelan and that's all there is to it.
2. Megan Follows as Anne Shirley
First of all, if you've never read this book and/or watched the Canadian miniseries, do it. Right now. Because you're missing out. Anne of Green Gables was a staple of my childhood and it's a story that I love to revisit. Anne is one of those characters who just naturally becomes your best friend as you're reading her story. She's absolutely ridiculous, absolutely hilarious, and absolutely wonderful. And Megan Follows was the perfect actress for the part. She delivers all of Anne's hysterical lines and all of her ridiculously dramatic lines perfectly, and I honestly cannot imagine a better portrayal of one of my favorite characters of all time.
1. Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara
And this last one is kind of cheating a bit because it's two portrayals instead of just one, but they're in the same movie and in my opinion, you really can't have one without the other - they may not end up together in the end, but Scarlett and Rhett really do complete each other. And Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable were perfectly cast. They physically look just as Margaret Mitchell described in her book and they act exactly as they're supposed to. I really don't think that it's possible to have a better portrayal of any character. Thank goodness for that, since Gone With the Wind is my very favorite book of all time and it would devastate me if actors cast in the movie didn't live up to their description.
Who are your favorite portrayals of book characters? Have you read any of the books or seen any of the adaptations on my list?
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