2013 Book to Movie Challenge

December 4, 2012 Book To Movie Challenge 157


Alright folks! Today we have another exciting new first for Doing Dewey! I will be hosting my first ever reading challenge, the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review books and the movies which they’ve been made into. It’s a tough job, but someone has to let us book lovers know which movies are going to fulfill our dreams of watching our favorite books come to life and which movies are going to ruthlessly shatter those dreams!

To enter, just click through to the linky at the bottom of this post and link to a post on your blog mentioning the challenge and the challenge level you’re attempting. You can change challenge levels at any time and the challenge levels are as follows:

Movie Fan – read 3 books and watch their movies
Movie Devotee – read 6 books and watch their movies
Movie Lover – read 9 books and watch their movies
Movie Aficionado – read 12 books and watch their movies

Click here to enter your link and view this Inlinkz list (feel free to type n/a instead of actually leaving your e-mail)…

Those of you who signed up earlier will note that we’ve moved from Linky Lists to Inlinkz, for reasons of not having to pay money to keep the list up. I moved over everyone’s earlier entries (by hand – yes, this was about as fun as it sounds, haha) which means you’ll need to let me know if you want your link removed. Also, Inlinkz won’t let me not require an e-mail address so feel free to fill in that box with whatever if you don’t want to leave your e-mail. Thanks guys!

Credit for the logo, to which I artistically added writing, goes to the Ozark Dale County Public Library.

157 Responses to “2013 Book to Movie Challenge”

  1. Tanya Patrice

    Gah – why are you trying to get me to break my no challenge rule for 2013! This one looks too good to pass up, and there are quite a few movies coming out that I want to read the books for too.

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for joining in! With so many movies based on books coming out lately (Anna Karenina, The Hobbit, etc) I’m excited to get started 🙂

  2. bwithbooks

    I think that I will most definitely do the Movie Aficionado level. I watch ALOT of films and reading is my first love, so why not combine them?

    • DoingDewey

      Great! I didn’t used to watch a lot of movies, but it’s become a pretty standard date night for the boy and I. I especially like seeing what he thinks of the movies not having read the book, compared to how I feel about it 🙂 I hope you have fun with the challenge!

  3. Dina ^_^

    Reblogged this on The Moonlight Serenity and commented:
    Comments? Keep them short, clear, and to the point. So this is Diana, reporting that I’m excited to make this challenge. =)

  4. Geoff W

    Oh I may have to join you even though I said no more challenges! I will do this anyway because I’m in a book group at my local library that does books into movies. We’re discussing Rosemary’s Baby tonight.

    • DoingDewey

      I love finding challenges that line up with reading I already do. I think it helps make my reading a little more of a social activity 🙂 I hope you decide to join in!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks for participating! I’m looking forward to all the fun challenges I’ve joined for next year and am also really excited to be hosting this one 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      Nope, any movies count. I’m also counting TV shows as long as I watch at least a “movie length” amount of them. And I think an a book you’ve already read is fine, although I think it’s the most fun if you’ve done or do a review of both the book and the movie so people can get your thoughts on both 🙂 I’m planning on posting guidelines and a linky for reviews around Jan 1st, so all these details will be included there.

  5. Kate

    We have decided to go for the Movie Aficionado level. I must admit a guilty pleasure of mine is books that have been turned into movies. I have already thought of a few books that i will be revisiting and ones i want to read as part of the challenge.

    Some I will be reading are:

    The Help
    Beautiful Creatures
    The Twilight Saga (will try and read the whole thing and class it as one)
    Lord Of The Rings (will try and read the whole thing and class it as one)
    A Stephen King (not sure which one yet)

    We will post our book list in the next few days please keep an eye out for it!

    • DoingDewey

      That sounds like a great selection! Also, I think it would be totally legitimate to count your trilogies as three movies, but combining them is definitely fine too 🙂 Thanks for joining the challenge!

      • Kate

        Here is the full list I am aiming for (if I need to split the three that are currently in series I will thank you for letting me know =)

        Beastly (Alex Flynn)

        Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl)

        Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)

        Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)

        Legends Of The Guardians: The Capture (Book 1) (Kathryn Lasky)

        Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)

        Misery (Stephen King)

        The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe / Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian (C.S. Lewis)

        The Help (Kathryn Stockett)

        The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring / The Two Towers and Return Of The King (J.R.R. Tolkein)

        The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)

        The Twilight Saga: Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (Stephanie Meyer)

        • DoingDewey

          Thanks for sharing! I’ve already heard about a couple of movies I didn’t realize were based on books and some books I didn’t know were currently being made into movies, so I’m excited to check out everyone’s lists 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      That’s great! I find challenges that line up with what I usually read much more fun and much less likely to make me think of reading as work 🙂

  6. Kimberly

    This is a fantastic challenge! I’m hoping to turn it into a monthly family event. And this works well with my “bucket list” of books to read.

  7. Jenny Hubenthal

    I am looking forward to this challenge as I love reading books made into movies and have several on my list

  8. Erin Golding

    Great reading challenge! I’m excited to combine my love of reading and my love of watching movies! 🙂

    I’ve gone with books/films that I’ve neither read nor watched before.
    Here’s my list –

    Never Let Me Go
    The Prestige
    Winter’s Bone
    Sophie’s Choice
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • DoingDewey

      I liked The Prestige pretty well as a movie but haven’t actually read it. Hopefully you enjoy it too 🙂 Thanks for joining in!

    • DoingDewey

      Oops, turns out you have to pay to use linky lists long term, so I’ve posted a new Inlinkz list you can use and that’s up now

  9. Benjamin

    This will give me an excuse to revisit some old favourites and discover a few new ones I am sure…

    The Melancholy of Resistance ~ Laszlo Krasznahorkai (film version Werckmeister Harmonies)

    Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass ~ Bruno Schulz

    Keep the Aspidistra Flying ~ George Orwell

    Roadside Picnic ~ Arkady Strugatsky (Film version Stalker)

    And many more.

    • DoingDewey

      The only thing I’ve read by Orwell is Animal Farm, for high school of course, but I liked it a lot so I’ll be particularly interested to read your review of Kaep the Aspidistra Flying 🙂 Thanks for joining in!

    • DoingDewey

      there was a problem with the list – it turns out you have to pay to use linky lists long term, so I’ve posted a new Inlinkz list you can use and that’s up now. Thanks for joining in 🙂

  10. Patrice

    I’ve been wanting to read several books before their movies come out this year…Movie Devoteee for me please & thank you!

    • DoingDewey

      Great! Since this is the first challenge I’ve hosted, I’m very grateful to the people spreading the word and super excited to have you join in 🙂

  11. Gena

    I’m in just finished reading The Lovely Bones and I’m in the process of watching the movie. I’ll see how far I can go with this, I’ll post links later.

    • DoingDewey

      That was speedy! I also enjoy Stephen King, although I haven’t read Misery, so I’m glad to hear that even his first book was good 🙂

  12. LadyInRead

    one question: do i have to have read the book this year? i read life of pi couple of years earlier and watched the movie last week – does that count?
    i do have the whole year ahead for my goal anyways:)

    • DoingDewey

      I think having read the book earlier is fine – or the other way around, if a movie was out earlier. It would be nice if you mention the book a little – did you like it or not, do you remember any big differences from the movie, etc – but not necessary. I’m really hosting this challenge as a way for people to have fun, so whatever you’d enjoy the most is great 🙂

  13. Abigail Garcia

    Hi, I’m kind of joining the party late here, is this challenge closed? I’ve already started reading a bunch of books in January for the Goodreads yearly challenge and they happen to all be books-to-film anyway before I even saw this challenge because those are the types of books I like to read. Well anyway hope to jump in late if I can!

  14. Rachael

    Well I didn’t read that you wanted us to review the movies in full. My blog isn’t for that purpose, but I would be glad to put my opinion in on whether I thought the movie was a good book to movie adaptation in my end of the year wrap up post.

    • DoingDewey

      That’s fine! I really want the challenge to just be a way for everyone to find everyone else’s reviews and don’t think we need to be to stuck on the “rules”/guidelines. I would love to hear what you think about the movies if you have somewhere to include that, so I can learn about really good book to movie adaptations 🙂

  15. Megan

    Great challenge! There are several movies I’ve been waiting to see because I haven’t yet read the books (e.g. Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, LOTR …), so this is a great excuse to pick them up!

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks! I’m excited that you’re joining in 🙂 I’d highly recommend Anna Karenina, as I enjoyed both the book and the awesome new movie version.

  16. Amanda

    Love this challenge. Thanks for hosting! I joined in!
    -Amanda @ Always A Book Geek

  17. Jannghi

    Hi, are you planning to do this challenge next year? I didn’t get around to signing up for this year and with the year almost over, I don’t want to start so late. It sounds like a fun challenge and I often try to read a book before its film comes out.


    • DoingDewey

      I do plan on hosting it again next year. I plan on posting sign-ups at the beginning of December and would love to have you join in 🙂

  18. Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

    I don’t see a place to leave my wrap up post link so I will just leave a comment. I completed the challenge. I won’t be participating next year as I read a lot of book to movie books for this year in 2013 and don’t see myself reading too many this year so I won’t put that pressure on myself. Thanks for hosting.

    • DoingDewey

      Yeah, I got pretty busy over the holidays and didn’t end up getting to a wrap up post. Nice job completing the challenge! I hope you had fun this year and completely understand not doing it again if it’s going to make you put pressure on yourself. I always try to make sure I only sign up for challenges I can relax and enjoy doing 🙂

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