Following the release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (which is utterly phenomenal and you should drop everything and watch it now if you haven’t already (if you have, watch it again)), I felt inspired to list some of my favourite film adaptations of some of my favourite (and, strangely, some of my least favourite) books.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Controversial opinion, but I thought it was a BRILLIANT book, and the adaption could not have been better – it is a little long, but there is very little information not brought from book to film, and it’s so gripping that I don’t find myself losing focus. Rosamund Pike is PHENOMENAL as Amy; her performance definitely didn’t get the recognition it deserved.
Flynn’s novel (and film) contains the ultimate twist, and characters that you will despise, and so I highly recommend if you are a fan of crime/thriller, or anything that will grip you, and keep you on your toes. It has a very controversial ending, so do let me know what you think. I think it’s VERY fitting for the characters but a lot (and I mean a lot) of people disagree.
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
I talk about both Austen’s book, and Emma Thompson’s adaption a lot, I know, but it is UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE. I was definitely not a sucker for a period drama (in fact, I kind of hated them) until this film, and now I want them all. It is as dramatic as a film as it is as a book (largely thanks to Marianne), and you could not ask for a better cast to take on these characters. Emma Thompson is stupidly elegant as Eleanor, and my GOD does Kate Winslet know how to dramatically sob. Also, give me Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise as Edward, Colonel Brandon and Willoughby any day of the week. I am so doe-eyed when it comes to this adaption – even if you haven’t read Sense and Sensibility, but love period dramas, you should watch it.
You can find me babbling more about Sense and Sensibility in my Top Ten Books of 2018!
We all know that these are a wonderful watch. I didn’t read the series until I was eighteen, so I think, in part, I often compare film to book, rather than book to film. However, I do know now that there are lots of subplots, and scenes that didn’t make it in that I would LOVE to have seen. Neville is far less comical, and far more interesting in the novels, and I do wish his storyline hadn’t been altered quite so much – but I understand time constraints, and the need for comic effect. Aside from this, I do think that they made the best of the time that they had, picking 99% of the crucial elements, and a cast that captured the characters wonderfully.
I LOATHED the novels (well, I loathed the first instalment, as I couldn’t bring myself to read the others). I thought the story itself was phenomenal (I think this might be my word of the day), but I couldn’t get past the ludicrously terrible writing. It was as though a team of five-year-olds with a limited grasp of the English language, but fantastic imaginations, had collaborated on a series.
HOWEVER, given that I thought the story was brilliant, I thought I’d give the film a chance and NOW I LOVE THIS FRANCHISE. James Dashner, though not so wonderful an author, is a supremely talented scriptwriter, and the cast could not have been better. All 3 are as intense as action can get, and will leave you covered in sweat, and with a pounding heart (particularly The Death Cure, which might have been the most gripping cinema experience of my life). As a romance over action kind of film fan, I’m SO GLAD I decided to give these a go.
Need I say anything at all? Matilda was my most loved childhood book, and my most cherished childhood film. I’ve seen it an innumerable amount of times, and EVERY SINGLE TIME my heart grows a little bigger. It is the most heart-warming adaption on the list, with a great cast, and the perfect blend of comedy and warmth. I haven’t read the book in a long time, but talking about it is really making me want to revisit it.
That’s my top five book to film adaptions!
Let me know your favourites in the comments!
Thank you for reading!