BLOGTOBER Day 22: Book-to-screen adaptations I’ve seen
I haven’t seen a lot of adaptations, but I’ve always wanted to watch more of them. This is something I’m going to try to focus on next year, so I thought that I’d use today and tomorrow to discuss book-to-screen adaptations – the ones I’ve already seen, and the ones I really want to.
I’m only picking five adaptations for this list, even though I’m sure there are more that I’ve seen. I’ll be honest and say it was a struggle to even think of five, though (or at least five which weren’t inspired by graphic novels, as most of the adaptations I watch are Marvel films!).
I actually enjoyed the Twilight books quite a bit, but I wasn’t a fan of the movies.
I have seen the first two a couple of times and can’t remember a single thing about them (except for shirtless Taylor Lautner…), but from what I can remember they are pretty true to the novels. That’s one of the most important things about a book-to-screen adaptation for me – if I enjoyed the book and want to watch the film then I normally want them to be as close to the source material as they can be.
I never bothered watching Eclipse or either of the parts of Breaking Dawn, but I might try and finish watching these films eventually. While I found the books endearingly cheesy the films were just a bit too much for me, although I do think the best thing that came out of these films was how much Robert Pattinson loves to hate Edward Cullen.
Paper Towns was not the first John Green adaptation I watched – that was The Fault in Our Stars – but it’s definitely the best out of the two.
The casting for this movie is flawless. Cara makes a brilliant Margo; she’s very compelling to watch and makes the plot of the film feel as though it moves much faster than the plot of the book, while Nat Wolff is a cinnamon roll (and the only good thing about The Fault in Our Stars, which he also appeared in).
I read and watched Paper Towns as a reading challenge during a readathon a few years ago, and I still have fond memories of both the book and the film.
The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House is the exception to the rule of wanting adaptations to be close to their source material. The Netflix adaptation tells a completely different story to Shirley Jackson’s gothic horror novel, and I might even go so far as to say it tells a better story.
I highly recommend both the book and the show, as they’re both extremely unsettling. However, I think the show is just that little bit scarier. I’m not great at visualising scenes while I read, so something about horror always struggles to translate for me. However, I’m a sucker for horror films and shows because they always get into my head and freak me out, and I remember struggling to sleep for a couple of weeks after watching The Haunting of Hill House.
The Hunger Games
The only one on this list that I’ve seen but haven’t read (yet!), and that’s purely because my friend put it on at her birthday party and no-one would listen to my protests of “but I haven’t read the book yet!”.
So many people love both the films and the movies of The Hunger Games, so this is a series that I want to get on board with sooner rather than later. I’m planning on reading them before my next birthday, but I was also planning on reading them before The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was released back in May and that didn’t happen so… We’ll see.
I’ll go on the record saying I still think Divergent is one of the best YA series starters that there is. I reread the trilogy last year, and although I knocked a star off of my rating for Insurgent and completely trashed Allegiant, Divergent was still a five star read.
However, I’m not a huge fan of the movie. This is probably because Shailene Woodley is the lead actress, and I am not a fan of hers at all. Thinking about it, that also might be the reason why I hated The Fault in Our Stars…
I hope you enjoyed this post! What is your favourite book-to-screen adaptation and why? Are there any that you’d recommend I check out ASAP?
While writing this last sentence I’ve literally just yelled, “CITY OF BONES!”, so an honorary mention to that, too. Good book, terrible adaptation, but the casting of Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Clary and Jace is *chef’s kiss*.
See you tomorrow,