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
This 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
I 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
I 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.
If 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.
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 Runner
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
This 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?