GUEST POST: Witches: From Book to Screen (Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books)

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Today I am happy to have Alexa, from Alexa Loves Books here on the blog for WITCH WEEK, talking about witch and wizard books that have been made into movies, TV shows — or even performed on Broadway!

I love a good visual witch performance, so this should be good!

Alexa is a book blogger from New York, who loves to read, travel, and write!

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It’s Alexa of Alexa Loves Books and I am so excited to be back on Kristilyn’s blog and posting again, this time for witch/wizard week! I love witches and wizards much more than I love zombies, and so, I’m pretty excited about this week’s post. In lieu of posting a review of a witch book, I thought I’d share some fairly neat titles with witches/wizards that have gone from books/comics to film, TV and even Broadway!

BROADWAY

Wicked by Gregory Maguire has actually been adapted into a Broadway show (which I’ve now seen twice). I enjoyed reading the book, but I have to say – the show is pretty darn spectacular. I love that it gives a completely different take on the Wicked Witch of the West.

TV SHOWS

The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith is was actually turned into a show, and I thought, based on the few episodes I did get to watch, that it was pretty awesome. Sadly, the show has since been cancelled.

The Vampire Diaries, also by L.J. Smith, is about to premiere season four (starting October 11, 8PM on the CW), and I am still as in love with it as when it started. There’s technically only very minimal witch involvement, as it’s obviously mostly about vampires, but I’d say it still counts, especially when Bonnie does her thing.

W.I.T.C.H. is a show that I watched back in the day, which was based on a comic series by Elisabetta Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa (which I also read and loved). I loved the idea of a set of friends with these awesome elemental powers, and I thought it was truly addictive. In fact, I think I may have to go back and read this series again…

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is a show where I fell in love with witches and magic. I remember being slightly obsessed with this show, and I think it’s funny that it was based on the comic strips in Archie (which I read as a child). It’s such a great show… plus I love the book series that was written based on the show! (And the spin-off, Salem’s Tails…)

MOVIES

Practical Magic was based on the novel by Alice Hoffman, and it’s one of the movies I remember really well for some reason – mostly, I guess, because of Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. I loved the fact that it was about siblings, and even more so the fact that the movie really focused on how they stood their ground against the evil forces and curse that they ended up contending with. I have yet to read the book, but I’m sure it’s great too!

The Witches was based on the novel by Roald Dahl – and I loved that movie. It was scary when I was younger, but now I just marvel at how it was translated from book to screen. It’s pretty fun to watch, and I think I’ll always have a soft spot for it just because it’s based on something by one of my favorite childhood authors.

The Golden Compass was based on the novel by Philip Pullman, of course, and I love that they were included in this imaginative world he created. I read the series a while back, so I’m a little fuzzy on the details. (Actually, it’s only thanks to Lena of Addicted 2 Novels that I even remembered this one!) I guess this means that I’m due for a reread!

The Wizard of Oz is a classic, both in terms of book by Frank L. Baum and the film. I read the book as a child, and also watched the movie. Until today, it’s still one of my favorites! The sense of adventure, the quirky characters and the fantastical setting all combined to make one pretty awesome story.

The Lord of the Rings is an amazing fantasy series by J.R.R. Tolkien. When I still had the books on hand, I reread them a lot (though the second was always my favorite!). Even though I don’t recall a witch, there are two badass wizards in this one – Gandalf and Saruman.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is the second book in the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, and it is also one of my favorites. Obviously, there’s a witch, as the title suggests, and she’s pure evil. I love how she was depicted in the movie, because it reminds me a lot of how she was in the book!

Last, but definitely NEVER least, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling is obviously a series well-adapted to film featuring witches and wizards prominently. There’s not much of an explanation needed for this one, I presume, considering the book is basically all about witches and wizards.

Thank you so much to Alexa for such a lovely post! I may have added a few more books to my wishlist after this one — as well as some TV shows and movies to watch!

All photos provided by Alexa. 

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14 thoughts on “GUEST POST: Witches: From Book to Screen (Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books)

  1. Absoloutly love Secret Circle. L.J. Smith is seriously an under-rated author. all her books are amazing. I think I’m starting to like witches a little more than Vampires.Twilight might have ruined Vamps for me for good.
    Sabrina Spellman will always be the greatest show from my childhood lol Who would forget the magical talking kitty?

    • My husband really liked the Secret Circle TV show … too bad it was cancelled! I’ve only read the first few Vampire Diary books by L. J. Smith.

      And yes! Aren’t witches awesome?

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