I am a big proponent of the book is just about always better than the movie concept, but I also can’t resist a movie based on a book I enjoyed (refer to this post for more on that).
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday with the Broke and the Bookish is the top ten best and worst book to movie adaptations. I am going with 5 of each, just to balance things out.
- The Hunger Games. I am excited for Catching Fire to come out. I feel like they stayed true to the concept of the books and to the plot. Sure, a few characters were a bit different than I pictured, but overall, it wasn’t too glammed up or altered.
- Marley & Me. I confess, I saw the movie before I read the book, but I still argue that it was actually true to the book and equally as hilarious and heartwrenching.
- Matilda. I love all of his books, but this was a fabulous and fun movie adaptation. Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but I feel like the movie captured the spirit of the book well.
- The Life of Pi. Again, it wasn’t completely true to the book, but I liked how it was approached and how they kept the overarching plot, characters and sequence of events correct.
- To Kill a Mockingbird. This is an all-around classic! The book and the movie were pretty similar. It wasn’t a perfect cross-over, but the movie elicits the same emotions and life lessons as the book and was so well put together, especially for its time.
- Twilight series. They deviated from the plot, made things even more glitzy than the book and some of the acting was, well, interesting.
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the new one). The 1970-something classic is one of my favourite movies of all times! I don’t think it was an amazing adaptation, but it was pretty darn good. However, the 2000-something one was horrible. They made Willy Wonka uber creepy and the whole thing just seemed bizarre. Nowhere near the delight that was the children’s novel!
- My Sister’s Keeper. Way to change the ending completely.
- Anne of Green Gables. I love this book. For some reason, the movie aggravates me. It follows the plot reasonably well, but there is something about it that makes it exaggerated and hokey to me.
- The Harry Potter series. I know some people will judge me on this one, but I couldn’t get into them. They just didn’t seem to work for me, even though the books were lovely. I actually skipped watching the middle few because they just seemed pointless to me.
What are some of your favourite or least favourite movie adaptation from books?