So, I thought it’d be a fun idea to make a list/discus my favourite and the most least liked book to movie adaptations! I’ve added in a couple of tv shows into the mix too, seeing as they’re book to screen adaptations and why not. I’m going to start with the worst adaptations, and finish with my favourite.
One of my least favourite books to movies is the Harry Potter series. I know a lot of people who hate me for this, but I never got into them. I always thought the movies were horrible and confusing. I disliked them so much, I didn’t even want to read the books. But one day, my friend was like “whaattt here have my battered copy and love and cherish it”. I read it and I loved it. Even now, I still can’t watch the movies. It has nothing to do with the acting. One of the things I love about it is that they cast people around the same ages for Harry, Ron and Hermione, where most movies will cast someone older. And I thought the movies followed the plot quite well. But it was just so confusing, they left out so much back story and all this. Kind of like Lord Of The Rings when suddenly they’re going to war with people and I didn’t know why. I adore the books, but I just can’t get into the movies.
The next book to movie adaptation that I didn’t like was the Da Vince Code. I read these books when I was in Year 8 (I was 12 or 13 I think). I loved the book so much. It took me forever to read Dan Brown’s novels, he’s a brilliant novelist, he’s so smart and amazing with words. When I finally saw the movie (same with Angels and Demons, actually), I was so upset with how horrible it was. They had cut so much out of the movie that nothing made sense. The storyline was shit. And it wasn’t nearly as captivating as the book was. Overall it was a crap movie. I think that, even without the books, the movies were so bad.
The Percy Jackson movies are definitely pretty high on my worst book-to-movie list, mostly because whERE THEY EVEN TRYING TO BE CLOSE TO THE BOOKS?! Nothing matched up. There is no way they are part of the same thing. I just don’t get it. How can you screw a script/storyline up that badly when it’s already written out for you?? The Percy Jackson novels are one of my favourite series ever. I saw the first film before I started reading the series, so I’d originally liked the movie. But after rewatching the movie later, I realised just how bad it was. I didn’t mind Annabeth with brown hair, in my opinion it made her look more badass. I wish they hadn’t made her blonde in the sequel, they didn’t even explain it- she just went from brunette to blonde, which was a bit annoying but whatever I guess. But how the hell did they screw up the move that bad?????? The second movie (Sea of Monsters) was much better. I think the director/whoever makes the movies realised what a shit job they’d done and tried to fix it. You can’t come back from a screw up that bad. I did like the second movie a lot more than the first. I’m so glad they kept Grover in a wedding dress (it was the main thing I was looking for;). I want them to completely restart the movies, or maybe even go for a TV show, but they MUST keep the cast. I adore them so much. That was the only thing they did right. (and Grover in a wedding dress).
Another adaptation I hated was Divergent. Don’t expect me to explain but I can’t stand Shailene Woodley. I just can’t. I was pretty open minded to her being Tris in the beginning but I couldn’t. Divergent was one of my favourite books; Insurgent was a major let down to me because Tris became less of a strong character (in my opinion), she became way too dependant on Four/Tobias which I just really hated. I wish Divergent was a stand alone, I haven’t even read Allegiant yet, and have no plans to. Anywaayy, the entire casting for Divergent was bad and I hated every moment of it. I agree with absolutely none of the casting. The casting Four/Tobias was probably the worst. I like Theo James, but he looks way too old for the part. Four was supposed to be 18, then why the hell does he look 30?! Ugh, I just don’t like anything about Divergent/Insurgent.
I also didn’t like Twilight. I feel like I don’t need to elaborate.
So, City of Bones is my little in-between movie/book adaptation because I loved it even though it was so different from the books. I really liked the Mortal Instruments movie. I liked it so much, and I don’t even know why. So many people hate it because everything is wrong with it, but I don’t know. I just loved it. I loved Lily Collins as Clary. I liked the overall storyline (even though they changed the ending). I loved Alec and Isabelle. I loved it. My main problem was Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. Like, no. JCB doesn’t look like he Jace in the slightest. He doesn’t have the same character as Jace. In the books Jace is described as “He has a slim, muscular build and is about 5’11” in height.” (not in those literal words, I snagged that from a wikia page whoops). JCB doesn’t look like this at all. He’s too skinny and lanky, he isn’t Jace. He come’s off as cold and rude, but Book Jace is sassy and actually quite funny. They did keep a few lines from the book, but JCB didn’t have the feel of Jace. And then there’s the entire second half of the movie, which is nothing like the books in the slightest. But in all of this, I still really liked the movie.
And Vampire Academy. I adore Zoey Deutch as Rose. Her entire character was perfectly put onto screen. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. Except Lissa. As much as I like Lucy, heLL NO. She isn’t Lissa in the slightest. Sometimes I wonder why we even have casting directors if no one can do their job properly. I liked Vampire Academy, even though there were some small things that I didn’t particularly like about it. I’m putting it, along with TMI, in the category of movies I liked so long as they’re not being compared to their original sources.
Now, moving onto the adaptations that liked/loved:
The Lord Of The Rings (and the Hobbit). I can talk for hours about how much I love these movies. They were so well done compared to the books. The LOTR books were so bad, I could barely finish the first chapter. I tried and tried to read them, but it wasn’t working. (I’m going to give it a few years before I try reading them again.) The characters were done so well, their arcs and just everything about them. I’ll admit, there were plenty of times when I got confused as to what was going on, but overall they were fantastic movies. I also really liked the Hobbit. I know lots of people don’t because of how different it was from the books, but they’re way better than them anyway. The only thing I want to change about any of these series’ is more female characters!
Then there’s this little series called the Hunger Games. I swear to God, these were fantastically done. In the books, it’s all Katniss POV, and the movies allow us to see things from another perspective (the Capitol, her family, etc). There were so many times during the books where I wanted to know what was going on in the Capitol, but couldn’t because Katniss was stuck in an Arena for two books. The movies did the books good. When they first revealed the casting, I was worried that Jennifer Lawrence would be too old for Katniss, but she’s done such a wonderful job. Of the 3 movies so far, Mockingjay Part 1 is my least favourite because it was relatively boring – but they were setting it up for Part 2, so it was kind of expected. And there was less action. But you have to look at it as a teenage girl with PTSD who’s still trying to win a war.
So I didn’t like the Perks Of Being A Wallflower. Not in the slightest. It was such a rubbish book. I was so excited when I found out that Logan Lerman was going to be in it. I read the book as soon as I found out – but I almost didn’t even finish it. I got so bored. It was a shit book with a shittier plot, and the characters were no better. But the movie was fun and had a better plot. I’m not sure if it was the script or the actors that made it better from the book, but something about the movie was just so much better.
And because it’s 2AM and I don’t plan on writing out every reason why I like these adaptations, here’s a list of the rest:
- the 100 (I haven’t read the book yet but I hear they’re nothing compared to the show – filled with strong female leads and loads of POC’s)
- I Am Number Four
- Sherlock Holmes (the movies with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law)
- Sherlock (that rad af TV show with Benedict Cumberbatch)
- The Maze Runner, and
- Eye Candy (Although I haven’t read the book, I hear the show is much better)