We live in a movie age, where all the popular books and comics are being picked up, the classics are being redone, TV shows are taking over the world…so I thought it’d be fun to share some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations. Okay, not just adaptations, but movies that I thought were better than their books. *gasp* Is that even possible? Am I even an official bookworm?
Okay, I actually enjoyed the book version also. But the movie and book are DRASTICALLY different. And while I enjoyed the book, I liked the movie better. (I CAN’T WAIT FOR MOVIE 3!!) The author–Cressida Cowell–also loves the movies, so it’s a win-win!
The music (also known as “Nadine’s permanent playlist”) plays a big part, too. I repeatedly tell hubby that, if I ever write a Middle Grade series that turns into a movie, I want John Powell to team with Nicholas Hooper and Alexander Desplat for my soundtrack.
Confession #2: I didn’t actually know it was based off a book until after I saw the movie. (double shame!) Then I read the book and didn’t like it one bit. LOL. I even went into it with an open mind, but I found the movie more interesting and with less distasteful content. But I found the movie funny, visual, and very inspiring (even if some bits are a little weird. 😛 )
Besides, it has Beth from Little Women in it and she’s delightful.
This movie blew. me. away. (It probably helped that I was writing A Time to Speak at the time. So…dystopian movies were like mental Oreos to me.) In the book, I found Tris Prior to be a bit too harsh of a character for me, but in the movie–despite her harhsness–I found that I could care about her more and understand where she came from. I loved how they brought balance to her character and showed the world building. AND THE MUSIC. Just….this movie. So many feels. We shall not speak of the sequels (neither books nor movies.)
Perhaps this makes me a terrible person, but I liked the Jim Caviezel movie-version better than the book. *hides* Hey, at least I read the book. Right? But the book ending was just not as epic as the movie. Sorry, Alexander Dumas. 😛 Also, did you realize that the son in this movie IS THE ACTOR FROM SUPERMAN?! He’s so little and dorky in this movie! Ha! Go watch it. You can’t un-see it now.
Remember that this is just my preference. You can condemn me later, but book six in the Harry Potter series was my least favorite (okay, SECOND least favorite. Because Chamber is also not my jam.) Yet the movie is my favorite. I still like the book and read it every time I go through the series, but this was the first time I really felt like they got Dumbledore’s character right on screen.
The music (Nicholas Hooper!!!) is to DIE for. (Or at least swoon for.) And the visuals and the acting was just on a whole new level. I could re-watch that a thousand times. Plus one. Plus a thousand. (Don’t judge this movie by its cover. The movie cover is truly awful. LOL.)
REDEMPTION!!! Mockingjay (the book) tore out my heart and ate it over and over and over again until I finally threw the book against the wall. I didn’t touch the book for a good several years. Then, when the movies started coming out I gave it another try…and I threw it again.
Sorry Mockingjay, but you’re only on my shelf because you’re a pretty blue and you complete the series. 😛
But the movies redeemed the book for me. I felt like I left the movie theater content with the ending and not hating the entire world. Thank you Lionsgate for saving readers everywhere from doomed bookworm grief!
I read this book a loooooong time ago and I remember thinking that Meggie (the main character) was a brat. Oopsie. But then I watched the movie and loved it (because I’m a happy ending type of person.) Not to mention the CAST. Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, and GOLLUM are in this movie. Even if you think it’s a flop, just enjoy watching them. 😛
The movie also stirred my curiosity to give the books another try. I never actually continued with the series because I think I got caught up in college busyness. But now…now I want to try again. Cornelia Funke is an excellent writer and I can’t dismiss her books just because teenage me didn’t like the main character. 😛
I will pop in these beauties a hundred times to every one time I read the book. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the books. But I’ve only read them one and a half times and it’s a whole different ball game. Don’t hate me…just bring me the movies and dress me in an Elvish cloak and I’ll be happy forever. 😉
What are your favorite book-to-movie adaptations?
Do you disagree with any on this list?