Popcorn and a Book (9): Good, Bad and Ugly Characters #2

The Good= a well portrayed hero or “good guy”

The Bad= a well portrayed villain

The Ugly= a character in a film who failed to live up to his or her book counterpart

The Good:

Anne Shirley from L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The loveable redhead from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s iconic series is perfectly brought to life by Megan Follows. From her spunk to her zest for life and language, Anne really comes alive. No one will ever be able to play Anne Shirley without being compared to Follows, and in my book there could be no one better.



The Bad:

The White Witch from C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe: You just have to love Tilda Swinton’s portrayal of the White Witch. She has that icy stare down pat. She makes it easy to believe that she can turn people to stone and keep an endless winter. Plus, her costumes are incredible! She gets bonus points for doing battle in those rigid dresses, especially the one made of chainmail.


The Ugly:

Professor Dolores Umbridge from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: I don’t care how many pink tweed suits she wears, Imelda Staunton does not look like a toad! And that’s precisely what Professor Umbridge looks like. Ergo Staunton does not equal Umbridge. She has the right temperament with her simpering and her seemingly innocuous smiles, but the key description of Umbridge is her likeness to a toad and nowhere does that translate on the big screen. On a completely different topic, doesn’t Imelda Staunton sound like the name of someone from the wizarding world?


“Popcorn and a Book” is a bi-weekly meme I host where I will compare one book with its adapted film, looking at the content, the way it has been visualized, the experience, etc. If you would like to participate in this meme, please visit the “Popcorn and a Book” main page for details.

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