Let’s talk about movies.
If you check, there are good chances that your favorite movie is based on a book. I was surprised while preparing this post by just how many movies are based on books. I think movie adaptations can be great, when they are done right. So I thought I’d share some of my favorite movies that are in fact book adaptations. These are movies where I’ve both read the book and watch the movie. There are a lot of favorites where I’ve seen the movie, but haven’t read the book yet (but that’s a different post!). For now, here are my favorites, books & movies both, in no particular order! Also, there’s about two weeks left to enter the giveaway!
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
A classic, both in the movie and the book genre. I love this adaptation. I think Gregory Peck was an extraordinary actor, and I’ve loved him in everything. I personally love courtroom dramas, and this one is set against the backdrop of bigotry and hate and it’s such a compelling story, both in book and movie form. If you haven’t seen or read this, I highly encourage you to do so. A lot of things to keep you engaged.
Fight Club (1999)
One of the most accurate adaptations I have ever seen. I remember reading the book for the first time and being completely in shock at how accurate the movie was. They didn’t miss anything. The movie covers absolutely every single thing in the book. And adds more, with brilliant performances by Norton and Pitt and just the story of this aggressive satire is perfect. One of the rare instances in which I think the movie is better than the book.
Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002 & 2003)
One of the most epic adaptations of all time. What these movies brought to the screen was something entirely new and spectacular. The effects and the overall cinematography were so groundbreaking and I loved seeing Tolkien’s world brought to life. I think the movies did the books justice, and just the casting was amazing, I loved everything about these movies. Especially the Battle for the city of Minas Tirith. Spectacular.
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Now, this is somewhat controversial, but I prefer the 2005 adaptation to the BBC miniseries. And I loved everything about this. I think Keira Knightley was a spot on Lizzie and I loved Matthew Macfadyen as Darcy. I think they had great chemistry on screen and what I love most about the movie is the beautiful cinematography of the English countryside. So visually pleasing. Again, one of the rare movies I prefer to the book (and I love the book!).
Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2 (2010 & 2011)
Honestly this is my favorite book in the series, and I think it’s tied with the first movie as the best adaptation. I loved seeing the final installment play out on the screen. While I think the books are infinitely better, the adaptations of HP did the books justice and they are such a major part of my love for the Harry Potter series.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Directed & written by the author Steven Chbosky himself, there was no way this could go wrong. And it didn’t. It was amazing. Ezra Miller was a spectacular Patrick and the movie captured the sentiments of the book perfectly. I loved everything about it. Moreover, the movie ends on a more positive and hopeful note than the book, and I loved to see that aspect of the book in a different light. Highly, highly recommend.
So those are my favorite book to movie adaptations! Let me know if you like any of these, and be sure to tell me what are some of your favorites in the comments below!
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