Top Ten Tuesday #5

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Best/Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

I was really excited when I saw this topic for Top Ten Tuesday. My husband and I are total movie buffs! We own at least 500 movies and we are continually adding to the collection, but I was really surprised at what I found making this post. What I discovered was that 1) I actually enjoy MOST book to movie adaptations and 2) there are a ton of book to movie adaptations that I have either only read the book OR only read the movie. I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do!

WORST Adaptations

There are only two movies that came to mind for BAD book to movie adaptations. There may be more that I didn’t love, but these movies were just terrible!

1. Twilight Saga (books by Stephenie Meyer)

Twilight Book Covers

I’m betting this series made a lot of people’s lists today whether it is for better or for worse. I did enjoy the books. I was in college when I read this series and I remember countless hours lying in my dorm room swooning over the love story (p.s. if I had to choose I would’ve picked Jacob), but I just never had any good feelings about the movies. The poor quality of sooo many things in this movie just made it a huge disappointment! I will at least say this for the movies though the very last movie was a little better than the others (but not much). My recommendation is read the books, but don’t waste your time on the movies. And if you watched the movies and now despise the books….don’t. They really are not terrible.

2. Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief (books by Rick Riordan)

The Lightning Thief Book Cover

I loved the Percy Jackson series, but when I finally saw The Lightning Thief I was SO disappointed! I didn’t feel that the movie followed the book very closely at all. They changed some big things for the movie and as a lover of the books I did not appreciate the changes. I know some things may have been necessary for filming, but this movie was just bad. However, despite all of my negative feelings for the movie I definitely recommend the books. And this may not be my wisest decision since I didn’t like the first movie, but I will be giving the upcoming Percy Jackson movie a chance when it comes out. I really, really hope it’s better than the first.

BEST Adaptations

I really am not too hard on book to movie adaptations so the ones I didn’t like were BAD and the ones I do like range from pretty good to amazing! I hope you find that you enjoyed (or might enjoy soon) these movies too!

3.The Chronicles of Narnia (books by C.S. Lewis)

The Chronicles of Narnia Book Covers

This is one that I thought was pretty good, but I don’t know that I would go as far as amazing. As a kid I really enjoyed the books, and I have even recently read them as an adult and they still held my attention. I felt the same about the movie. It was good, but it didn’t blow me away or anything. I do think it is something that kids would probably get more out of than most adults.

4. The Notebook (book by Nicholas Sparks)

The Notebook Book Cover

Such a sweet book, but an even better movie (because I liked the movie ending better). And Rachel McAdams was just perfect for the part of Allie!

5. The Lucky One (book by Nicholas Sparks)

The Lucky One Book Cover

This book was just not very good so I was really hesitant, but I’m actually glad I watched the movie. It was so much better than the book. The beginning was not nearly as slow as it felt in the book. I actually enjoyed the movie!

6. The Help (book by Kathryn Stockett)

The Help Book Cover

I heard so many people rave about this book so I couldn’t wait to read it. While the book was not bad it was not amazing either. But I really did like the movie. I can’t really put my finger on why I liked the movie better than the book in this case, but I definitely did.

7. The Hunger Games (books by Suzanne Collins)

Hunger Games Trilogy Book Covers

These books are amazing and I was so scared that the movie adaptation would be horrendous. However, I was pleasantly surprised. There were a few small differences, but I didn’t really mind the changes they made. Great movie!

8. Harry Potter (books by J.K. Rowling)

Harry Potter Book Covers

I’m sure this has been on many, many lists today, but it deserves to be! Each of the Harry Potter movies and books are just amazing! I think Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone started the series out well, but each book (and movie) got continually better. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1 & 2 for the movies) were just like mind-blowing good. I can’t even tell you how many times I have watched these movies and I enjoy them every single time!

I wasn’t sure what other movies I thought deserved to make this list as really bad or pretty good. So I am veering a little from the original topic to books that are in the process of being adapted to film or books that I hope will someday be adapted to film. By the time I’m done with this post I’m sure I will have passed ten since I have already listed eight, but here is the list anyways.

Soon to be released

9. Ender’s Game (book by Orson Scott Card)

Ender's Game Book Cover

I read this book in high school and I did not just fall in love with it like so many people. But my husband does love this book and he is eagerly awaiting the release of the movie. I’m sure I will see it with him, but I’m wondering how I will feel about it in comparison with the book.

10. Divergent (book by Veronica Roth)

Divergent Book Cover

I loved this book. It is actually one of the best books I think I have read recently. But because I loved the book so much I’m a little nervous about the movie adaptation. Shailene Woodley is playing the main character and I don’t know if that makes me excited or really nervous…I’m looking forward to this movie, but with a little hesitation.

Movies that are in production (at least according to IMDB)

11. The Book Thief (book by Markus Zusak)

The Book Thief Book Cover

This was another book that I really enjoyed and I’m so glad I will get to see it brought to life. But I think it will take a great producer to portray death the way Zusak does in the novel. Hopefully, they have pulled it off and I guess we will find out for sure next year (in January…I think…).

12. Delirium (book by Lauren Oliver)

Delirium Book Cover

I loved the entire Delirium trilogy and I think it has a lot of potential for a movie. There was enough action and enough romance to make this movie a great date movie. I’m looking forward to it and you better believe me and my husband will be making a date night for this one! 

Movies that are pre-production (again, according to IMDB)

13. Between Shades of Gray (book by Ruta Sepetys)

Between Shades of Gray Book Cover (Eye)

Just a fabulous book! First and foremost if you have not read this book then you should. You should make it like next on your TBR list. It is seriously that good! I think it could be such a touching movie, but maybe a little tough to keep the movie authentic and keep the rating low enough that a younger audience could watch it. The reason I say that is because most of the book takes place in Russian labor camps during World War II and most books that deal with that topic tend to have higher MPAA ratings.

14. Thirteen Reasons Why (book by Jay Asher)

Thirteen Reasons Why Book Cover

I just really hope this becomes a movie because I really enjoyed the book. If each “reason” could play out it would be such a good movie and it would have so much potential. I can’t wait to see updates on this film.

15. Unbroken (book by Laura Hillenbrand)

Unbroken Book Cover

This is another book that takes place during World War II only this one is a true story. Set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp this book is just so….I don’t even know the word. This book inspired me, made me laugh, made me cry, and just made me so much for thankful for everything. I would love to see this portrayed on the big screen, but there needs to be a stellar actor to portray such a captivating man as Louis Zamperini.

I hope this post wasn’t too overwhelming with so many titles, but like I said I love movies and books so I got a little carried away with this one. I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments on these movies or on any additional titles that you would love to see made into a movie.

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2 responses »

  1. I loved The Help– both the book and the movie were awesome!! 🙂 The movie was true to the book and brought the characters to life! I like the first Narnia movie, but think it went downhill from there. I also have to admit that… yes… twilight had some issues.. lol but it is a guilty pleasure of mine and I enjoyed each and every one. haha

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