Another Friday has rolled around so that means it’s time for another “Top Five Friday’s”. To kick of this series I started with favourite fictional female characters (a surprisingly hard topic) and this week it’s favourite book to move adaptations, which again may be harder than anticipated. Anyway, lets jump right in.
1) Catching Fire
This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy and is honestly the best book to movie adaptation I have ever seen. There was so much detail in the scenes recreated from the book and scenes that were added were absolutely amazing. They added so much to the story and I felt like nothing was subtracted from the essence of the book. A truly marvelous adaptation that was preceded and followed by a couple of disappointments.
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Almost every one of the Harry Potter films was a near dead on translation from the book but the Deathly Hallows part 2 really stood out to me as the most magnificent. The character development was incredible and they followed really closely to the book, with extra scenes or exclusion of scenes being the correct choice. It’s a seriously good adaptation, just doesn’t quite match up to the Catching Fire standard.
3) The Fault in Our Stars
Where to begin. TFIOS is one of those films you expect to let you down because of the incredibility of the novel itself. But no, it was amazing. The book was adapted really well for a film screen, with the lighthearted parts being left in despite the upsetting undertones. The direction it went in was the one I coveted but was left a little disappointed due to some important/loved scenes being cut.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks is one of those books that you actually expect can never really be made into a movie due to the strange nature of it’s plot, the obscene characters and the weirdness of the subtext. But it is a film, and a pretty good one at that. The characters were translated perfectly but there were a few glitches with the plot I wasn’t too happy about, particularly the Patrick story line, the blatant ignorance of the abortion issue and the confusing way they approached the plot point with the aunt. It was still a very good film for the difficulties they must have faced with allowing the story to flow correctly.
5) The Book Thief
The Book Thief is quite possibly one of my favourite stand-alones of all time. The refreshing perspective and interesting story line made for entertaining and enthralling reading. My love for the book meant that the film did disappoint me a lot of ways but I still thought it was an excellent adaptation for a book that is so complex. The ending heightened my emotions a lot more than the novel, something a film has never really done before. An excellent adaptation but still at the bottom of this list.
Alright so they are my top five favourite book to movie adaptations. I hope you enjoyed and feel free to comment your favourite adaptations.
Signing off, Verity