Friday Favorites: Movie Adaptations

By: Cait Marie

If you are a book lover, odds are you have experienced the disappointment of a bad movie adaptation. We’ve all been there: you read an incredible book and are crushed by the changes in the movie. However, every once in a while, there is one that doesn’t completely destroy what you envisioned. When that happens, it feels as if the stars have aligned just for your happiness. Here are my top 5 favorite movie adaptations:

1. Harry Potter

Now, hear me out: this is not the best adaptation, it is simply my favorite. I am aware of the crazy amount of changes, and when first watching the movies as they came out, I was just as frustrated as the next person. However, as time passed, I began watching the movies more and more. I grew up with these books and movies; they will forever hold a place in my heart. They are the movies I go to when I’m feeling stressed or upset; they are what I watch when sick or simply when there is nothing else I want to watch. They are my go-to movies, and I have a feeling they always will be.

2. If I Stay

This is by far the best adaptation I have seen in terms of it being close to the book. It is almost exactly like the book. Plus, it’s just really good. It holds all of the emotion and trauma of the original story. Yes, there are some changes, but they are very minimal.

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

For those who somehow missed it, this is my favorite stand alone book ever. It was made into the movie Love, Simon earlier this year and I adore it. It is absolutely fantastic, despite the many changes. The movie still leaves you with the same feelings as the book, which is the important part, in my opinion. For the full movie review click here, and for the book review click here.

4. The Hunger Games

I love The Hunger Games. The books are great, but this is actually one instance where I like the movies a bit more. I know I’m going to get a lot of crap for that, but it’s true. I think it’s because I saw the first two movies before reading the books… I try not to do that, but it happened. I watch all four movies frequently. That being said, I love the books too and I feel like they did a pretty good job overall in the adaptations.

5. The Fault in Our Stars

This was my favorite stand alone book for years, until I read Simon. The movie did a wonderful job at bringing this beautiful story to life. I love the movie so much (and it has one of the best soundtracks ever). A lot of people I have talked to say that this movie/book is just so sad and depressing, but I feel differently. It really shows how precious life is and how you should love with your whole heart if given the chance. It’s beautiful.

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