I have a love/hate relationship with book to movie adaptations.
There are the books that I fall in absolute love with and hope to have a movie made for them, but then I get nervous because I don't want them to completely botch the thing (cough Divergent cough)..
So, it's a complicated relationship for me.
There have been a few that I've seen recently that I have truly loved though.
Sadly, it's a short list and not all of my favorites are on here, but these are the ones that I highly recommend to everyone.
Harry Potter Series
This one is a given, right?! Like the rest of the fandom, I absolutely love all of the Harry Potter movies! I think these movies were perfectly cast, especially Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They found a beautiful way to bring life to a beloved series and were able to capture the true magic behind these books.
The Hunger Games Series
There's a reason why these movies are the best out of any young adult book to movie adaptations that release.. They stay true to the books in every movie. The people behind them know how to reach both book lovers and movie goers, and I can't help but appreciate them. I love these movies as much as I love the books. I felt all the emotions and strength from the words come alive onto the big screen, and that's why I think they're so great.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
"It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. In fact, high school is where we are first introduced to the basic existential question of life: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad?"
This movie has a special place in my heart because it's such an honest take on growing up and finding yourself. I love Jesse Andrews's writing, and the humor along with their whole personalities of his characters were perfectly cast and brought to life in this movie. There is just a beautiful message through this story. The ending is a killer and broke my heart in a good way. I can't recommend this movie enough.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
This is my favorite book.
Charlie's story is such a beautiful one. Just like the book, this movie captures how one feels growing up and feeling completely different or out of place. It's about learning how to accept yourself and knowing that you deserve love. There were a few things left out of the movie from the book that I would have loved to see, but it wasn't a deal breaker for me. The cast is perfection. The writing is great. I just love, love, love all of it.
The Maze Runner Series
Ok, so I might be in the minority on this one but I really love these movies. It's most likely because Dylan O'brien brings Thomas to life perfectly.. To be honest though the movies are completely different from the books, I mean there are similarities (of course) but they changed a lot. This is one of those things that I've learned to accept because I enjoy it too much not to. I'm able to separate the books from the movies which allows me to enjoy them. I think they're a lot of fun!
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Those are just a few of my favorite book to movie adaptations.
If you haven't read any of these books then I think you'd still enjoy these movies!
Have you read any of these books and/or seen the movies? Did you enjoy them? Leave me a comment and let me know!