“Since I am dead I can take off my head to recite Shakespearean quotations.”


Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Halloween Freebie


I’m going to go with 10 books that you can either read or watch the adaptation for Halloween:

  1. Bram Stoker’s Dracula – lots of adaptations for this and various spin offs.  I love this book.
  2. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – I love this book too.  Thought provoking not to mention the inspiration for many adaptations.  Let me know if you have a favourite.  Strangely enough I love the comedy adaptation Young Frankenstein.
  3. The Shining by Stephen King.  I saw the film long before I read the book and actually thought it was pretty damn scary – but, having now read the book – wow!
  4. I am Legend by Richard Matheson.  Another great book that probably became the inspiration for countless zombie books and movies.  Now, I’m not going to lie – I prefer the book to the adaptation, I think the film is a good film but I don’t like that the ending was changed.
  5. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.  Okay, not maybe so scary but a great read for Halloween and plenty of adaptations.
  6. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King.  This is one scary book and adaptation (i’m thinking of the adaptation that was in two parts).  Brrrr.
  7. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.  I like the old black and white version of this book – more atmospheric.  Regardless of which adaptation you watch the book makes a great read.
  8. Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire.  Both equally.  I saw the film before reading the book and having now picked this one up I think the adaptation is really good.
  9. Carrie by Stephen King.  I read this book as a teenager and I was going through my phase of reading all the horror and dark things – I thought the film was brilliant too – excellent performances by Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
  10. I’ve left this one blank so you can recommend something for me to read/watch

And, I’ll leave you with these three:


Oh look, another glorious morning. Makes me sick!


10 Responses to ““Since I am dead I can take off my head to recite Shakespearean quotations.””

  1. Peritract

    I really do need to get around to watching Hocus Pocus.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s just one of those films that I can watch over and over again. Silly I suppose but it’s just easy to chill with.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I loved the original Carrie and Salem’s Lot. I think both of them, along with The Shining, were good adaptations. I did not like the remakes of any of them though. Nice topic!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I preferred the originals – I understand why they remake things to get a newer audience on board but there’s just this whimsical thing inside me that is beyond stubborn and tends to think the original is best – although that’s not always the case.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    Hocus Pocus is SUCH fun:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I’ve seen it so many times and it never gets boring for me.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Too many books on my plate at the moment! I’ll opt for the movie adaptations 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    HAHA I love Hocus Pocus and I must confess I also really like Young Frankenstein, although to be fair I pretty much enjoy anything with Gene Wilder in! For a more serious adaptation, I recommend Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein which was directed by and starred the brilliant Kenneth Branagh 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’ve seen the one with Kenneth Branagh – so many to choose from but that one is very well done.
      Lynn 😀

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