As hosted by The Broke & The Bookish
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was a freebie. And I was being a good little blogger and had planned my topic ahead: I would talk about some of my favorite LGBTQ books. And then… I forgot and already posted that topic last week. So when I realised my little error I had to come up with a new subject pretty quickly. And the decision has been made to do…
My favorite book to movie adaptations!
I love reading and books, but I also LOOOVE movies and tv. Any kind of storytelling actually. And while the saying is that the book is always better than the movie – and I do agree with that 99% of the time – I am also not that huge a critic on book to movie adaptations. Sure, they often miss things that are crucial to the story, or they get the casting wrong or they don’t make the movie a 4 hour spectacle with every little detail in it. But, if the overall concept is good and I can enjoy the movie as a whole… I’m happy with it.
So here are some of the book to movie adaptations I enjoyed THE MOST:
The Harry Potter series
OF COURSE I need to start off this list with Harry Potter. It just is one of the best book to movie adaptations out there today. Though they did not include every little detail from the books, these movies did manage to capture the magic and emotion of all books perfectly and for that they will always have a a place in my heart and they will be marathoned at least once a year.
The Lord of the Rings
Before shorter books were turned into 2 movies, there was Lord of the Rings. They proved that three to four hours per movie is really possible and awesome. They are the books (and movies) that made me fall in love with fantasy and my all-time favorite character ever: the great Samwise Gamgee <3
The Hunger Games
Though the first movie was not perfect (I think it portrayed Katniss a bit too much as a super hero like figure), this series as a whole was amazing and a really great adaptation of the source material. Especially Catching Fire did everything right in my view.
Pride and Prejudice
I know there is some debate over which is better: the 2005 movie or the 1995 tv mini series. I personally enjoyed both of them for different reasons, but I just love the movie that bit more. The acting, the scenery, the soundtrack… it was all perfect.
Me Before You
The latest addition to this list! I just watched this movie last week and it was perfect. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are the perfect Lou and Will. I laughed, I swooned, I cried. (though I did not cry as much as I did when reading the book, but I never cry much with movies – it’s like all my tears were spent on the book. I guess that’s because I’m usually a lot more invested in the book – but it doesn’t mean I don’t like the movie)
Who knew I could become obsessed with a zombie love story? Not me, that’s for sure. But the story of R and Julie caught me by surprise and I ended up loving both the book and the movie. And I can’t wait for the sequel coming out in 2017!
Love, Rosie is actually the one time where I prefer the movie to the book. The story is about two friends who are secretly in love with eachother, but life gets in the way ALL THE TIME. In the book, it really feels like AGES and it just kind of drags on and on. So if you want to spare yourself that frustration, watch the movie where you only have to wait for an hour and a half. And again, Sam Claflin is great and so is Lilly Collins.
A Walk To Remember
This movie has a special place in my heart. I must have watched this a thousand times when I was younger and it started my Nicholas Sparks obsession. The movie is quite a bit different than the book, but it’s one of those movies where I don’t mind. I think I can still quote this movie line by line and I still know the soundtrack by heart as well.
The Fault in Our Stars
Again, a movie that captured the essence of the book beautifully. This story of two cancer patients falling in love is just as gripping and heartbreaking in the book as it is in the movie. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are the perfect Hazel and Gus and the Amsterdam scenes will make you want to hop on a plane (or train) right away.
Meet Mark Watney, one of the best main protagonists a story could ever have. I was hesitant about a story about a guy trapped all alone on Mars, but Mark Watney and his humor made it a must-read. And while I thought Matt Damon was a great Mark Watney, the humor is still just that bit better in the book. On the other hand, the movie excelled in the emotional department, so they’re both equally great in my view.
The Maze Runner
I feel like the story about boys waking up one day to find they are trapped in a maze together and have all their memories wiped was made for the screen. And this movie did it right, perhaps even better than the book (I was not such a big fan of the book, sorry to say). The maze came to life and felt so creepy and real, it was like its own character. Plus, Dylan O’Brien is amazing as Thomas.
The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants
I’m a sucker for friendship stories and these books and movies are the perfect friendship story. While the books cover a lot more ground (there are after all five of them as opposed to only two movies), but they captured the thrill of friends growing up together and the fear of growing apart perfectly.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This classic coming of age story tackles a lot of tough subjects and does it in a gorgeously written way. Charlie’s voice is so unique and the story is both funny and heartbreaking, heartwarming and sad. And all those feelings come to life in the movie in such a spectacular way. Logan Lerman is the perfect Charlie and of course Emma Watson and Ezra Miller are a great Sam and Patrick.