I know this isn’t the theme this week, but I was really inspired to do this one so I’m going for it. There are a couple movies on this list that I haven’t read the book for. These are simply movies that I really love that were adapted from books. I think book-adapted movies are something special because of their complex history of being written in one form and being rewritten in another, for a completely different purpose. That being said, for those I haven’t read, I intent to.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
This was my favorite Harry Potter movie, which is interesting because I think it’s my least favorite of the novels but something about the movie really gave me feels. Somewhere between Draco Malfoy’s angst, the flash-backs to Tom Riddle’s stories, Luna Lovegood, and the complexity that only awkward, blossoming romances can create, I found paradise.
2. Cloud Atlas
This is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time and the movie was excellent. Obviously, not quite as good as the book, but it had its merits. I laughed, I cried, I felt all the things I had gotten from the book in a faster, action-y, and visually-appealing way.
3. The Silver Linings Playbook
I watched the movie before I read the book and I love JLaw with a passion so it was really just perfect for me. And then I read the book and all the joy and happiness the movie brought me were doubled. Both are perfect, each is different and unique, and I could read and watch this story a hundred times with the same level of pleasure.
4. The Hunger Games
Slightly obligatory, also more JLaw lovin’.
5. Never Let Me Go
This is one that I haven’t read the book, but I have heard amazing things and the movie was simply amazing. I love the originality and the creepy shock of the story. I bet I could really get into this book.
6. Jurassic Park
I haven’t read any Crichton, and this is no exception, but I am a big fan of Jurassic Park and I plan on reading the novels soon!
7. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Truman Capote is a genius and so is Audrey Hepburn. I love this movie and could watch it every rainy Sunday to cheer myself up. The book is very different, but both are short, sweet, and enjoyable.
8. Howl’s Moving Castle
This is nothing to say. Book and movie are both perfect. Invest time in both. I promise, it’s nothing but heart-warming adventure and fun.
9. The Whale Rider
This is really just a touching story, culturally-rich with the native New Zealand population and their beautiful lore. The book is very sad and very sweet. It’s a short read and touches the heart. The movie is equally heart-warming and the acting of the little girl is just perfect. I would love to see her in more things.
10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Witty, sarcastic, hilarious. The novels are just feel-good reads and get increasingly terrible so if you want the best experience, read the first two and skip the rest. The movie is very skillful in condensing the story that falls apart in the novels and making it quick and exciting with rib-splitting humor.
Finally, I’d like to say there are some that this listed excludes (namely, the entire LOTR trilogy + The Hobbit, all of which I love) because I couldn’t pick just one, unlike Harry Potter. In addition, I am very excited to see what can be done with these coming movies from books I enjoyed:
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Ender’s Game
- Catching Fire