My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

Book to movie adaptations have definitely had their ups and downs over the years. Lots of good ones, lots of decent ones, lots of bad ones. To be honest, there have been some that I’ve absolutely hated and wished they’d never been made. That’s a post for another day though, because today I want to focus on the positive: my favorite book to movie adaptations.

Reading will always be what I love the most, but I’m also an enormous fan of watching movies. When the books I read get turned in to movies, and those movies end up being good, it makes me incredibly happy. It’s wonderful to see our favorite stories play out well on the big screen, and I want to share some adaptations I’ve particularly loved.

But before I get to the list, I want to say that these are just my own personal favorites. I’m not necessarily saying these are the best adaptations, and I certainly don’t mean to upset anyone who might disagree with me. Like books, what we consider to be a good movie is dependent on our own preferences and opinions, and these just happen to be some that I’ve enjoyed.

Alright! Without further ado, here are some of my favorite book to movie adaptations:


The Fault in Our Stars

Image result for the fault in our stars movie posterThis book was one of my very favorites back when the movie came out, so I was trying to keep my expectations low going in. I actually ended up being surprised by how well done it was! I thought they did a beautiful job capturing the feeling of the book. I definitely liked this one a lot.

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Image result for hunger games moviesI debated including this, but Catching Fire was so good that I couldn’t leave it out. I honestly didn’t hate the first movie, or the last two; I just thought they could’ve been stronger. Catching Fire was brilliant though, and it made up for the rest of the trilogy being just alright. Overall, I did really like these movie adaptations, even if there were weak moments.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Image result for the perks of being a wallflower movie posterI have to admit that I never actually finished this book. I picked it up over 5 years ago, and only got about halfway through, so I can’t say how accurate the movie was to the novel. I will say that I did enjoy the the movie though, and I loved how they portrayed the story on screen. After seeing this, I do hope to give the book another chance someday.

Love, Simon

Related imageIf you don’t know, this is based on Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (I’d highly recommend). And honestly, this was just the cutest thing I’ve seen all year. It’s such a feel good movie, and like the book, I was smiling practically the entire way through. It’s so fun and adorable. Oh, can I also just say that the soundtrack is amazing? I still listen to it all the time.

Harry Potter

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Yes, I agree that the books were better, but these movies were actually so well done. I’ve watched them all more times than I could possibly count and they never fail to amaze me. I particularly love Prisoner of Azkaban and Deathly Hallows Part 2, but all of them are enjoyable. I’m so glad these exist and that they’re well loved.

The Maze RunnerImage result for maze runner movie

I was totally surprised when I saw this movie. I wasn’t even that interested in seeing it because I didn’t love the book, but this was actually pretty good. There was plenty of action, and I found myself intrigued with the storyline. Not the best movie ever or anything, but I did like this one.

Me Before You

Image result for me before you movieThis was ridiculously cheesy and it wasn’t my favorite, but they didn’t do a bad job with this movie at all. I thought it was cute and both actors portrayed these characters well in my opinion. The movie just didn’t make me feel as much as the book, but I still enjoyed it and I’m glad I watched it.


I’d love to know:

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptations?


 

23 thoughts on “My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

    1. Exactly! Of course, there are some adaptations that were not so good, but I’ve definitely loved plenty of others. I’m glad you enjoyed the The Hunger Games movies as well. 🙂 Also, I haven’t seen or read Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, but I’ve always been interested in those!!

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  1. I’ve watched all except for Love, Simon (which I’ve been dying to watch) and The Maze Runner (i’m not sure if I’m ever going to watch this).
    But I love the Harry Potter movies because it’s Harry Potter and because I feel like it’s probably one of the most accurate book to movie adaptations ever.
    I also really enjoyed Me Before You and The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. But I’m totally the same with The Perks of Being A Wallflower! I couldn’t get through the entire book, but I really enjoyed the movie 😅
    Anyways, great post! ❤️

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    1. Thank you Kat!! 😊 You should definitely watch Love, Simon as soon you get the chance. It’s SO cute. And yeah I wouldn’t necessarily recommend The Maze Runner, and I doubt I’ll ever see it again, but I thought it was pretty good for what it was.

      I’ll never get over my love for the Harry Potter movies. They really are accurate and so, so good. I’m glad you feel the same about them😃

      I don’t know why I couldn’t finish Perks of Being a Wallflower! It was short, and it wasn’t terrible, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m glad I’m not the only one though. But yes, loved the movie! And I’m glad you also enjoyed Me Before You. ❤️

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  2. I’ve seen all of these other than The Maze Runner (I hated the book so never went to see the movie – even though I love Dylan O’Brien) and you’ve chosen some great adaptations (or at least, ones that I also like ahah)
    Love, Simon was adorable and such a great adaptation – so glad they didn’t mess up this gem of a story. I totally agree with you about Catching Fire – hands down the best movie of the four! The others were good, but definitely not as good as CF.
    And I really liked the Me Before You adaptation as well. I loved Lou’s wacky outfits and thought it was quite a faithful adaptation but for some reason, it just didn’t hit as hard as the book did. (maybe that’s a good thing because it saved my eyes from overflowing with tears?) But I definitely prefer the book over the movie 🙂
    This was such a fun post to read!

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    1. I didn’t care for The Maze Runner book either! It wasn’t that good, and I wasn’t interested in reading the rest of the series. The movie was actually better (I never thought I’d say that lol) and I’m glad I gave it a chance. It still wasn’t amazing, but it was enjoyable enough. And Dylan O’Brien was pretty great❤️

      Love, Simon was one of my favorites and I’m glad they didn’t mess up that story either! And yeah, the HG movies were good, but CF was particularly amazing; so glad you agree😃

      Ahh yes, Lou’s outfits were one of the best parts of Me Before You!! I did enjoy that movie, but I just didn’t have all the same emotions while watching it. Although, you’re right, at least I wasn’t sobbing like when I read the book😂

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for the comment! 😊❤️

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  3. I absolutely love the Hunger Games movies so I’m glad you enjoyed them, even if it wasn’t your favourite! Did you like the book Me Before You, was it cheesy? Or was it just the movie that was cheesy? I’m planning to read that book in the near future 🙂

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    1. Yeah The Hunger Games movies were definitely good as a whole, I just preferred CF over the rest of them. I’m glad you love them though😃

      I liked the Me Before You book more than the movie; both are a little cheesy, but the movie is a smidge cheesier. In a good way, though! It’s a great story. I hope you enjoy the book but prepare yourself because it’s a sad one😭

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    1. Right?? That’s exactly how I feel. Catching Fire was outstanding and I wish the others were just as good! I still enjoyed them, but haven’t watched them more than once either.

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    1. Love, Simon is amazing❤️ And I know, isn’t the soundtrack so good?? Im glad I’m not the only one who still listens to it constantly!! 😂

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  4. As much as I would love to agree with you on Love, Simon and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I just can’t. Maybe it’s because I loved the book so much, and the movie just disappointed me equally as much. Other than that, this is a good list.

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    1. No worries at all! I’m sorry it disappointed you. But you’re right: the book will always, ALWAYS be better than the movie. ❤️ And thank you!

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  5. I love love love Love, Simon! It was SUCH a good adaptation! And it was just so fun and happy and cute!

    And the Harry Potter movies were pretty great too! I mean… They have some weak spots, but the casting was great, and they were pretty good compared to a lot of adaptations. Even if they DID burn down the Burrow. (which I’m still mad about)

    And I would really like to see Perks of Being a Wallflower… Although I DNFd the book too… but everyone says the movie is great. So I want to watch it.

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    1. Yesss Love, Simon is the cutest! I don’t think we will ever stop talking about how good this movie (or book) is and I’m honestly okay with that. 😂

      Agreed! I love the HP movies, but there were some things I wished would’ve been different. Like yeah why did they have to burn down the Burrow?? That was just mean tbh.

      The Perks movie is wonderful and you should definitely watch it when you can!!

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  6. Oh Harry Potter movies for sure! I loved Prisioner of Akzaban, Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince.

    I did like The Maze Runner, I never read the books but after hearing about James Dashner and what he’s done I threw the DVDs out.

    I cried so much at TFIOS and Me Before You.

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    1. HP is so good! I love those so much❤️ And same, TFIOS and Me Before You were really sad ones for sure.

      Oh noooo I completely forgot about what James Dashner did until you just said that. Ew. I’m kinda mad I even included the movie now because I really don’t want to bring any positive attention to him!!

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  7. Great article! I just really got into reading a few years ago and I love adaptations whether it be for a tv series or movie, so this list of book adaptations is great! The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a must read for me at some point. I’ve always wanted to see the movie. So this gives me a reason to finally read the book at some point. I’m usually indecisive when deciding what to read next most of the time, LoL.

    My favorite book adaptation thus far was Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale. Not movie adaptations, but they were books that were really well adapted to a TV series. I tend to watch more TV than movies most of the time, LoL.

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