Happy September everyone! I’m so happy to announce that I’m finally back to posting regularly and that Top 5 Thursdays are finally back! I missed writing these blog posts! Today’s theme is one I’ve been going over in my head for a while and I really enjoyed finally writing it! Hope you’ll enjoy it as well! 🙂
Over the course of a hundred years, thousands of widely known (and not so widely known) books have found their way to the big screen. However, only a few of them have managed to follow the success of the books and even fewer turn out to be accurate interpretetions of the stories they portrait. As a full time reader, I get very excited when I find out one of my favorite books is going to become a movie and look forward to seeing my favorite story and characters come to life. So when that doesn’t happen, and the movie turns out to be nothing like the book, of course I’m disappointed. I’m talking about major changes here, not just the small ones that need to be made in order for a book to be adapted into a screenplay. I don’t mind the smaller changes, I don’t even mind it when they change the plot a bit, but I do mind it when they mess up the plot or the continuation of the story completely. And don’t even get me started about characters that look and act nothing like their counterparts in the books.
But what does actually determine whether a movie based on a book is good? In my opinion, a good book-to-movie adaptation isn’t always one that keeps closest to the original story, but one that maintains the theme and emotions of the novel along with the major plot points, while at the same time being entertaining to watch. So here are my top five book-to-movie adaptations up to this day:
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games was one of those movies I watched before reading the book. I loved the movie, so naturally I had to read the book as soon as possible. And I was very surprised at how similar the two were. One of the things I love the most about these adaptations, is how accurately the characters and world are portrayed. All the actors did such a great job with bringing their characters to life and I really appreciated the fact the director kept true to the theme and story of the book. The Hunger Games is a fact paced, action packed movie with a unique storyline every science fiction fan out there would enjoy, but for the readers of the books the movie was a chance to see some of their favorite characters come to life and that’s exactly what they got. I was very worried that the sequels would not be as good as the first one (as it has happened with other trilogies like Divergent) but I loved Catching Fire even more and I thought the Mockingjay Part 2 movie was an epic conclusion to the franchise! Hands up to Suzanne Collins for writing such an amazing story and to the actors, director and screenwriter who made sure it would be just as amazing on the big screen!