The 80’s Movie Book Tag

Found this on Flora’s Musing. Seemed like a good tag to do mid-summer when blockbusters used to be the dominant force in America for the plebe masses.

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A book that kept you up all night

Monster Hunter Bloodlines was, as I described in my review, balls to the walls action. That’ll keep you up reading all night!

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride (1987)

A WONDERFULLY quotable book

For me, that would be The Lord of the Rings. I’m not a big “remember quotes” kind of guy, but “you shall not pass” has always stuck in my head.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

A character who loves breaking the rules

Saul from Neal Asher’s Owner trilogy. He’s not all adorable and funny like Bueller, but Saul will break the rules with the best of them, forging his own as necessary.

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally (1989)

A couple that took eternity to get together

Montrose and Raina from the Count to the Eschaton Sequence by Wright. 18-19 billion years seems like eternity to me!

Back to the Future

Back to the Future (1985)

A book involving time travel

The Aunt Paradox by Chris Dolley. Reeves and Worcester have to combat a Legion of Time Traveling Aunts to help the multiverse!

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink (1986)

A character with a unique style

Luffy from the One Piece manga. That kid’s got Style, what with his straw hat and all.

The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid (1984)

Favourite book involving the training/mentoring trope

Way-farer by Dennis Schmidt. Jerome and the Old Man on the Mountain are absolutely perfect examples of this.

Die Hard

Die Hard (1988)

A book with a trip that doesn’t go as planned

The Color of Magic. Nothing on Discworld ever goes planned! 😀

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

A book with the central character’s name in the title

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Great stuff!

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing (1987)

A female character who comes out of her shell

Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Best Austen story ever.

Top Gun

Top Gun (1986)

A death that took you by surprise

The drug addicted woman who is rescued by the main character and ends up being killed, thus propelling the entire story of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

ET - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

An ending that left you both happy and sad

The Crippled God, the final book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series. I was happy it was over and was sad I had been forced to read t he whole thing to get an ending.

21 thoughts on “The 80’s Movie Book Tag

    1. I hated ET. I watched it once and have ever since wondered why it was popular and why people liked it.

      I forget a lot too. When I do these, I scroll through my calibre book review library and see what connections I can make by looking at the covers 😀


        1. What do you use online?

          There is no way I could remember all the books. I just looked and since April of 2000 I’ve read just over 4K books/comics/etc. I can barely remember what I read last week, much less 20 years ago without a visual aid 😀


    1. I really disliked ET when I got around to watching it. I don’t know why, but I suspect the kiddiness of it was not what I was expecting. I was expecting a grown up story that just happened to be about kids. Instead, I got a kids movie 😦

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