Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Book To Movie Adaptations

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Favourite Book To Movie Adaptations

This weeks Five Friday Favourites is actually up to you! The wonderful Amanda is giving us the chance to pick our own topic. Hooray! Clearly I will have a million ideas and not be able to contain them all, will struggle for hours to pick between them, until finally I cave and choose one. Nope. I wish. It is only thanks to the fact I watched The Book Thief two days ago that I even have a topic this week. And that's favourite book to movie adaptations. Wooop! Combining two of my greatest loves: books and films! 

The Book Thief

This is kind of cheating, I watched it as if it were just a film and not an adaptation. I only watched this two days ago and it astounded me. I loved it, every second of it. I didn't have one issue with it, nothing to pick apart. Was it an amazing adaptation? Who knows. I didn't reread before watching so didn't pick apart every little thing they did or didn't do. But they definitely took a beautiful, heartbreaking book and made a beautiful, heartbreaking movie. WATCH IT! (One small issue: The horribly photoshop job on the poster.)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The first Hunger Games movie wasn't ridiculously awful, but it wasn't ridiculously good either. It was disappointing, especially as a fan of the book. It just wasn't what I was expecting and didn't really do the book justice, in my opinion at least. But Catching Fire, that movie blew me away. I loved it from beginning to end. They definitely took fan criticism of the first movie into account because they made a sequel that was a million times better than the first film. They improved upon it in every way and created, not just a brilliant adaptation and brilliant sequel, but a brilliant film. 

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy


Fight Club

I think I might actually prefer the movie to the book. Sorry, not sorry! The movie is amazing, it deserves all the awards in the world. It should have one every Oscar possible, even best Costume Design or something. I mean, someone had to make the decision that Brad Pitt should be shirtless for most of the movie. If that isn't deserving of an Oscar than I don't know what is. 

Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrman is a genius, his movies are so visually stunning that they hurt my eyes. I think this is such a brilliant adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I love the modern twist on it, set in modern times but still using Shakespearean language.

The 'It's Too Obvious Choice':

Honourable Mentions

My Weekly Book Haul: 23/08/2014
Magnolia by Kristi Cook: 3.5/5 Review
Mid-Year Book Freak Out
Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want To Read But Don't Own
The Jewel by Amy Ewing: 2.5/5 Review
Films for Thoughts on Thursday: The Book Thief Movie Review


  1. I don't think I have seen that version of Romeo & Juliet yet but now I want to! I agree, these are all great book to movie adaptations.

  2. I so agree with Romeo and Juliet, that was such a good book and a great film, honestly, I cried so much it's unbelievable! Catching Fire, yus, that was a great film (book was a little, meh, but film, yus!) Haven't read or watched The Book Thief *don't beat me up..* It's just not interested me much to be honest and of course, Harry Potter, which had its issues, but was great none the less :) I think I might do freedom choices again in the future, it's exciting! :D

    1. Yeah, I found it really hard to think of a topic but it was a lot of fun. Romeo + Juliet is something I absolutely love. The Book Thief was just too many feels to handle, far too many.

  3. The Book Thief and Perks FOR SURE. Two of the best adaptations ever (HP not included, of course, because we all know that wins at everything lol).

    1. HP, I definitely have issues with those films but I love them all the same.

  4. The Help was so good! I saw the movie first, but when reading the book I was impressed with how close it was. I thought The Book Thief was a great adaption too, I certainly still bawled like a baby at the ending.

    1. Me too, that ending just killed me! I couldn't stop crying, it was really embarrassing but luckily I was at home watching it myself.

  5. I am planning on reading the Book Thief as soon as I am caught up on my books that I agreed to review.

    I thought the Help was really well done.

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

    1. I hope you love The Book Thief, it's a beautiful book and a beautiful movie.

  6. I still haven't seen The Road, The Notebook, or Life of Pi and I haven't seen that version of Romeo and Juliet. It looks like I have some movies I need to watch! ~Pam

  7. Ooh! So many great films here! I loved the adaptations of The Book Thief, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Romeo & Juliet, The Harry Potter movies, Divergent, The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Notebook.

    I love Fight Club, and really need to read the book! I want to read and see Life of Pi and The Help!

    Thanks for sharing a great post, Charnell. :)

    1. Fight Club, the book is actually very similar in a way. They only change certain elements but it's a pretty amazing adaptation. I definitely prefer the movie though.


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