The Remakes Blogfest – 2017

Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and Heather M. Gardner.

Remakes – most of them suck. Now and then, one comes along that is as good as, if not better, than the original. And after all of the bad ones we’ve endured, we want to know about some good ones.

On November 13, 2017, blog about your favorite remake: movie (or television show into movie and vice versa), song, or book – or all three! Post a YouTube video and links where we can find these treasures. Tell us why THIS remake doesn’t suck!

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First of all, I’m not really a movie person! I’d rather read a book.
So when I contemplated signing up for this blogfest, I thought I’d just skip the movie section and concentrate on books. After all, I have limited knowledge about books made into movies and whether the remake is good/bad.

Then I thought, wait a minute, there are a handful of movies based on books, that have made an impression on me. The problem is – I haven’t read these specific books. 

So here is my tweaked version of the blogfest.
Alex and Heather, I hope you don’t mind!

Two Books I Haven’t Read Yet, That Have Been Made Into Movies I Actually Watched From Beginning To End Without Getting Bored Along The Way…

The unforgettable memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning period drama film. It’s based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfred Woodard.
Keep the tissues handy!

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

I LOVE this film and have watched it more than once! *surprise surprise*

The book is on my to-be-read list!






A Beautiful And Refreshing Rendition Of A Timeless Song, By A 16-Year-Old Not-So-Famous Singer, Who Has Made It To The Final Of Our Idols Competition…

Next week is our 2017 Idols Final and this ‘child’ is a finalist!
In yet another testament to her versatility Paxton took on Judy Garland’s, ‘Over The Rainbow’ and excelled.
She has been a bundle of nerves…
Reminder – she’s only 16 years old!

So there you have my version of the remake blogfest! I’m going to visit some blogs in the next few hours!


  1. CD Gallant-King on November 13, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I haven’t seen either movie so I can comment on them, but my favourite book to movie adaptations are the ones where they don’t try to be TOO faithful to the source material. Books and films are different mediums, so you can’t tell the story the same way.

  2. Nilanjana Bose on November 13, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Obviously an old soul singing in a 16 yo body, good gracious that’s gorgeous!

    I have actually read both the book and viewed the film – The Man in the Iron Mask, and it is a seriously neat remake, good choice. I missed 12 years a Slave when it was running here, but it’s on my list.

    I like your tweaks! 🙂

  3. L. Diane Wolfe on November 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I really liked The Man in the Iron Mask.

  4. Tamara Narayan on November 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve read 12 Years a Slave (excellent), but I haven’t seen the film. Maybe my library has a copy…

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh on November 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I’m going to have to be in the right frame of mind to watch 12 Years a Slave. I’ve seen Man in the Iron Mask though.
    Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

  6. Pat Hatt on November 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Seen both at my sea, winners indeed. 12 years a Slave is one while great, can’t say it is a repeat watch.

  7. C. Lee McKenzie on November 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Like you, I prefer to curl up with a book, but once in a while I’ll take on a movie. I haven’t seen the remake of The Man In The Iron Mask. Not sure I can. The old black and white flick gave me nightmares for weeks. Guess that means it was good.

    My link didn’t work on the Linky. I think it’s because I screwed up the path with the switch to my new, cranky blog. Thanks for tracking me down.

  8. Krystal Jane on November 13, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I didn’t know The Man in the Iron Mask was based on a book! I have to find this. I love that movie! I might love books and movies almost equally. 😀 Some of my favorite adaptations are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Horns by Joe Hill, and Interview with the Vampire. They’re all great examples of the different ways books can be adapted from the novels and still work out really well, in my opinion – from verbatim to significant changes to slight changes. I love The Princess Bride and recently picked that book up finally. I can’t wait to read it!

  9. Patricia Lynne on November 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The Man in the Iron Mask is a great movie. I loved to watch it when I had it. I still might have it or I got rid of it with the intent of upgrading to blu ray and either they haven’t done that yet or I haven’t gotten around to spending the money yet.

  10. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor on November 13, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I’ve never seen either of those movies or read the books. I’ll have to put them on the list 🙂

  11. Juneta on November 13, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I loved The Man Without Mask but did not read the book. I own the movie

    • Juneta on November 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      ROFL @ Self, OMG I meant The Man in the Iron Mask, but what my brain read and fingers type I am not always in control of, so sorry.

  12. Christine Rains on November 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    I haven’t read The Man Without A Mask yet either, but the movie was great. Those singing competition shows have some excellent covers.

  13. Heather M. Gardner on November 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    These sound like great choices! Glad you decided to join us today and shared your favorites!

    Thank you for joining our blogfest today!!!

  14. Jemi Fraser on November 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    What a lovely, lovely voice!!! 🙂

  15. Diane Burton on November 14, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Saw Man in the Iron Mask and thought it was pretty good. Haven’t read the book or seen the B&W version.

  16. Arlee Bird on November 14, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Two excellent movie choices. I haven’t read the books either.

    Nice rendition of “Rainbow”. A lot of good versions have been done.

    Tossing It Out

  17. Sharon Himsl on November 14, 2017 at 3:10 am

    Well, Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of my favorites. What more can I say 🙂 She does a nice job.

  18. Natalie Aguirre on November 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    Loved 12 Years a Slave. My favorite book to movies would be Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series.

  19. Michelle Gregory on November 14, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    i didn’t even think about Man in the Iron Mask when i was doing my post, but it’s another of my personal favorites. i love seeing John Malkovich play a tortured soul with a good heart.

  20. Elizabeth Seckman on November 14, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Those were both excellent movies. I read The Man in the Iron Mask years ago, but didn’t even realize the other was a book. I can be pretty dense.

  21. Stephen Tremp on November 15, 2017 at 12:37 am

    I have seen bits and pieces of this show on TV maybe 15 minutes total. Didn’t know there was a book.

  22. Shannon Lawrence on November 15, 2017 at 6:35 am

    I haven’t seen Twelve Years a Slave yet, but I liked The Man in the Iron Mask. It’s been ages since I watched it, but I own it on DVD!

  23. J.H. Moncrieff on November 15, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    I liked the movie “12 Years a Slave” so much I attempted to read the book. Don’t think I got past the first chapter. The style is understandably very old-fashioned, and I just couldn’t get into it.

    Paxton has a beautiful voice.

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