Ahhh everyone that has been around here a while knows I’m a sucker for a good book to movie adaptation. I mean, we all love them right? There is that dilemma of “I don’t want them to ruin it!” versus “What if it’s epic and I’ll have a whole different way to love this story.” I’ve experienced that mental struggle too many times to count and, although this is a post celebrating the films that were translated brilliantly, there have been a lot of cringe worthy adaptions that make me all the more grateful for everyone who made the films below so fantastic. Okay. Enough already! Here is my list of Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations:
This is and always will be the best book to movie adaptation out there. I keep a list of book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen on my phone and over the past 4 years I’ve watched over 25. None of the beat the amazing work of ART that is the last Harry Potter movie. The first time I saw it I must have been around 12 years old and I was taken with the adults of the family (parents, uncles, aunties etc.) to go see it and I remembered nothing of it. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I didn’t read the books. Honestly, it was a bit annoying. Fast forward to 2014 and I’m bundled up in a blanket at 10 pm. I’ve finished the book a few hours earlier and stopped crying about an hour beforehand. I put the DVD on and I KID YOU NOT I watched the whole thing and then I restarted it and watched it again. I spent about an hour watching the extra bonus footage after that and so god knows what time I went to bed but I can tell you that so so so many tears were shed that day. (The rest of my list would be mostly HP so I’m going to count all the others in this one too.)
What is there to say about this movie? What can I say that hasn’t been said before. This film is still my favourite out of the three that are out so far (with Mockingjay Part 1 close behind and I’m pretty sure Mockinjay Part 2 will be high on this list too). The Hunger Games is such a fantastic movie series even without mentioning how closely they follow the book. These movies are successful because they know what to change from the book and they know what to leave out all together (especially with Mockingjay. Don’t even get me started on that train wreck of a book.) I’m so so excited for the last film! We’re all going to need a lot of tissues.
I know a lot of people are a bit iffy about this series/this movie in particular, but this is a one of the few movies I allowed myself to see twice in the cinema. THIS WAS AN INCREDIBLE MOVIE. Gosh, just writing about how amazing this first film was makes me so mad at the creators of the second film. If I was making a list of book to film adaptations which I hated, Insurgent would be very high indeed. Back to Divergent, I thought it was absolutely fantastic and I cried a few times while watching it (what a surprise, I know!).
Woah! Another one that a lot of people (*cough* critics *cough*) hated and I couldn’t help but love. Chloe Grace Moretz is such a fantastic choice for Mia and this movie had be bawling 10 minutes into it (just like the book!). I really loved how they did the flashbacks and how they put importance on the family relationships and not just the romance and GUYS IT WAS SO GOOD. I cannot believe I haven’t rewatched it yet (although I think I’m waiting for an evening when I can unapologetically cry over this stupid teenage girl with a stupid family and a stupid boyfriend that gives me all these stupid EMOTIONS).
Paper Towns before TFIOS? OMG Nattie what’s wrong with you???? Honestly, I just liked it better. When I look back at TFIOS it’s nowhere near as funny as Paper Towns and I, unlike many other people, really liked Margo’s character (and Cara Delevingne, but that’s beside the point.) Although looking back at it I would not give it a five star rating, I enjoyed myself immensely while watching this film and as soon as I walked out of the cinema I wanted to go in again. It was wonderful!
6. The Fault in Our Stars
7. Mockingjay Part 1
8. Breaking Dawn Part 2
(Shhh, don’t judge. That film was amazing and twilight haters of the past have to admit it was epic)