Friday, May 1, 2015

The Book Chat: My Favorite Book-to-Film Adaptations

We've all heard the saying before, right? Don't judge a book by its movie. Which I think is true in most cases. But there are a few exceptions to the rule. 

These are my favorite book-to-film adaptations and in my opinion, the only ones that have gotten it right. 

-Pretty much any film based on a Stephen King book. Cujo, The Shining, It, Misery, The Green Mile, Secret Window, Carrie, The Shawshank Redemption, Dolores Claiborne, Stand By Me. Loved them all! 

-The Giver. The movie is pretty much exactly how I imagined the book in my head. And actually, I think I may have even liked it better than the book! *gasp!* There were a few little details that were changed around, but for the most part, it stayed true to the story. I really enjoyed it. 

-The Perks of a Wallflower. The book was a little much for me, but somehow, seeing it on film made it much more authentic. You could better envision the relationships between the main characters. 

-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I really expected the movie to be terrible. I don't know why. It just seemed to me that it would be hard to capture Lisbeth's complexity, but the movie was superb!! I kind of want to watch it again, now that I'm thinking about it. :)

-Every version of A Christmas Carol. I love that book so much and the movies are just as good. Tiny Tim gets me every time. 

What are your favorite book-to-film adaptations? Are there any movies that you think are better than the book? Share in the comments, I want to hear all about it! 

*Linking up for The Book Chat with Jessica from The Tangerine

P.S. Speaking of books, I have to thank Chelsie from Life with Rosie, my awesome partner for the Books n' Bloggers swap hosted by CG Swaps. The premise of the swap is to send your partner a book from their wishlist, a book you read and really enjoyed, and a book that you haven't read, but looks interesting. 

Here are the books and goodies I received from Chelsie: 

I cannot wait to read the books Chelsie sent me - and I'm super excited for the coloring book. Ha! What can I say, I'm a kid at heart. ;) Thanks so much, Chelsie! 

You can visit Chelsie's blog to see what I sent her by clicking here. Ciao!


  1. Becca @ How I RollMay 2, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Great post! I have unfortunately not seen or read some of these but I hate when the movie never does the book any justice! Fifty shades for example, bleh. Completely agree with The Giver, fantastic book and movie, 100% agree. And I never thought about A Christmas Carol! You're right though, every version is beaurtifully done and true to the book.
    One of my favorites is Of course Harry Potter, The Help, and The Green Mile.

  2. Ah, a coloring book, I love it!
    Fangirl and The Girl on the Train look so awesome! I hope you love them.

    My favorite book to movie adaptation is Stardust by Neil Gaiman. They made a movie based on the book that's somehow totally different AND just as enjoyable. I'm still not sure how that happened.

  3. I really enjoyed The Girl on the Train! And I'm halfway through Fangirl right now and enjoying it. (But it's on hold as I finish two other books right now.)

  4. Oh, I'm so glad to hear that! I'm always afraid that the books I hear a lot about will turn out to be "meh." :)

  5. Thank you, Beth, I will have to check out Stardust. I haven't read the book or seen the movie.

  6. Ooooh yes, The Help! And HP! Excellent books-to-films. :)

  7. My favorite book to movie adaptation is Anne of Green Gables (the one with Megan Follows). It's my all-time favorite book and this film 100% captures everything from the novel.
    I almost ALWAYS like book versions better, but the one case where I like the film more is Cold Mountain. It's one of my favorite movies, but I absolutely hated the book!

  8. I love the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but the original version. Not the American version. They are great. I also loved Howl's Moving Castle. Its different then the book, but in a good way. It made me love the book more. The differences made it great.

  9. I have never read Cold Mountain, but I did see the movie and liked it! :) Thanks for reading, Liza.

  10. I haven't seen the original version of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I'll have to check it out! :) Thank you!


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