Fun fact! I really like film adaptions as a rule. It opens great stories up to new audiences, it’s cool to see someone else’s vision of something you have already imagined yourself and it’s also pretty cool to be able to discover and fall in love with your favourite characters again through a new medium. Currently, there are a couple of film adaptions that I am looking forward to coming out (more on them later) so I thought why not make a whole post looking at them?
Film Adaptions I Enjoy
A quick note: there is no way I will be including all of the film adaptions I enjoy in this list . Guaranteed I will look at this list in a few days time and realise I left out a really obvious one, but that’s life, right?!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
OMG do I love this film adaption. I actually think it is one of the best film adaptions I have ever seen. The casting is fantastic, (Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller, Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd…there is literally no weak link in this film!) and the music is stunning. I think of all of the film adaptions on this list, this is the one that is actually on par with the book in how much I love it (even though it makes me cry buckets and buckets).
The Fault in Our Stars
Ok, so I didn’t watch this film for over a year after it came out. I know I said at the top that I love seeing characters and stories I love coming to life in a different medium but I was kind of a hypocrite when it came this one. I was just so scared that the film would not live up to one of my favourite books ever. I think the main reason for this is because one of the things that makes this novel so stunning for me is John Green’s narrative and obviously that isn’t there in the film. Even so, when I finally managed to persuade myself to watch this film I absolutely loved it (although again, I have yet to managed to get through it without crying!).
Romeo and Juliet (2013)
Ok, confession, and as an English Literature student this is a big deal: I’m not a huge fan of Shakespeare’s plays. I know, I know. I’m not disputing he’s a massively important figure or saying they’re not good or anything like that, I just never really enjoyed them (on the whole, I adore Much Ado About Nothing!). Then, I saw this adaption of Romeo and Juliette and fell in love. More than anything with this film, the music did it for me. The soundtrack by Abel Korzeniowski is amazing. It has literally made me look at Romeo and Juliet completely differently and I highly recommend that even if you don’t watch this film, you listen to the gorgeous score! (My favourite track is Forbidden Love).
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I love this film series to bits (plus my little sister would never forgive me if I didn’t include it on this list!). It’s just so beautiful, it literally conjures up middle earth in front of your eyes. Also, back to music but the score of all three films is amazing. One thing I will note is that even though I loved this adaption, I didn’t really enjoy The Hobbit trilogy. It was just too long and drawn out. Even so, this trilogy was amazing and I would highly recommend!
The Harry Potter Series (on the whole)
So, I do have problems with these films. One of the main ones being the assassination of Ron’s character in particular bits. Also, I would have liked to see more of Hogwarts, especially in later films. Oh and also they cut out Peeves. And also, film Cedric was not an accurate representation of the perfection that is book Cedric. And no S.P.E.W. Sorry, I’ll stop now. Anyway, you’ll notice that despite my complaints, this series is still in the film adaptions I enjoy section of this post and that’s because, across eight films, it actually doses pretty well. Especially the first few films and me and my sisters’ favourite in the series, The Half Blood Prince. Also, Hedwig’s theme still gives me tingles every time I hear it, so there’s that too.
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire and to some extent Mockingjay part 2)
I loved the first Hunger Games film when it came out. It was so cool and new and different. Things I especially loved were Josh Hutcherson’s portrayal of Peeta (who in case you didn’t know is like my number one fictional crush and if the films had messed him up I never ever would have forgiven them) and the presentation of Rue’s death. Honestly, Rue’s death in this film is one of the most affecting moments of any film for me. The music is just incredible (I don’t even have to watch the film, the music is enough to make me cry) and the section showing the District 11 uprising just breaks my heart. Anyway, I loved this film. Next came Catching Fire which I also loved. Then came Mockingjay part 1 which (and I apologise if you like this film, this is just my opinion) is just filler. The series could pretty much work as a trilogy without this film at all. It just felt needless and useless and was jumping on the bandwagon that Harry Potter started (and did well) of splitting the final book of a series into two films. To be fair, the series somewhat redeemed itself with Mockingjay part 2 which I enjoyed a lot more than I expected to, but Mockinjay part 1 just left me feeling a bit cold towards it.
Film Adaptions I am Looking Forward To
I read this book earlier this year and absolutely loved it! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get to the cinema when the film first came out but I am really looking forward to watching it when it comes out on DVD!
Another novel I recently read, and I’m really looking forward to watching this film when it comes out next year. It was a really sweet read so I’m hoping the film is more of the same. I’m not even mad that they changed the name (something that normally bugs me) because I think it really captures the nature of the novel. (For anyone who might not know, it is an adaption of Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli).
The Hate U Give
So I think this one is probably still a way off because it has only recently started filming but I am very excited about it nevertheless. If you have read my blog at all this year you will probably know that I read and loved this stunning novel recently and I can’t wait to see how it is brought to life on the screen.
Quick note: I am awful at keeping track of film news and developments and things so there might be some adaptions coming up that I would be completely fangirling over but I don’t know about them!
I have already brought this up a few times on this blog but as I am doing a film related post, I just couldn’t not mention it. Even though The Book Thief is my favourite book ever I have yet to watch the film adaption. Now I have seen lots of opinions on it with some people saying it’s better than the book (I firmly believe this won’t be the case for me, but it’s nice to know some people really enjoyed it) and some people saying it’s not that great. I have been close to watching it a number of times and have come to the conclusion that I cannot push myself, as I did with The Fault in Our Stars, I will watch it when I am ready and if that day never comes so be it.
When I was making this post I thought of maybe having a section of books that I would like to see being adapted into films but decided not to include it because, if you’ve managed to reach down to here, you’ll know this post is already long enough! (I might do a post in future though looking at books I would like to see adapted into either films or TV series, I think that could be pretty interesting to consider). One thing that did crop up in my mind, though, was the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. On the one hand I would love to see a film adaption of this duology. I need more of these characters in my life and it would be amazing to see them brought to life on film and to see the amazing world that Bardugo has created (a lot like in The Lord of the Rings). But, as with The Book Thief and Fault in Our Stars, there is a very fine line to tread. As much as the thought of somebody getting it right makes me excited, the thought of somebody taking these characters that I love and ruining them really scares me!
So, there we have it. A post about film adaptions. I think one thing I can gather is that even though I say I like film adaptions on the whole, that opinion gets a little left behind when it comes to my favourite novels, of which I seem to be hugely protective. Also, thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post and sorry if it was a little rambly. My blogging slump is still hanging around a little and trying to take a break from blogging didn’t really work so I’m currently trying to write myself out of it!
(me, stuck in my blogging slump)
Do you agree with any of my picks? What are your favourite film adaptions? Which adaptions are you looking forward to? Are their any books you would love to see adapted or any where the thought of an adaption completely terrifies you?
As always, happy reading (and watching)!