One of my guilty pleasures is to read a book that has been made into a film, and then immediately watch the film once I have finished the book, ideally within minutes of finishing the last sentence. I like to have the book fresh in my mind so that I can compare every detail of the book and film, and see whether the characters are as I had imagined them. All book lovers will know how frustrating it is when the film version doesn’t live up to the reader’s expectations, so it is an absolute pleasure when you find one that does!
So, with the cinematic releases of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Girl on the Train, I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favourite book to film adaptions!
- Gone Girl – I know that this was a hugely hyped book and film, which might have but some people off, but for me this really was a great adaptation. I felt that the characters were portrayed perfectly and both the film and the book were thoroughly enjoyable – it’s one of the few where I can honestly say I enjoyed the film as much as the book.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I absolutely adored this book, I completely fell in love with Charlie’s character, I’m a sucker for someone with struggles! The film was everything that I hoped it would be and I felt that the young actors did a great job of bringing the story to life, and I loved Charlie’s character just as much in the film.
- The Hunger Games – This has to be up there as one of the best adaptions of all time. The Hunger Games trilogy is one of my favourite YA book series so I was very excited to watch the films. The first two films (The Hunger Games and Catching Fire) were my favourites because they were so visual and I felt that they actually added to the books. Although I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mockingjay, I didn’t enjoy the films quite so much, but I think this is probably because the first two were so amazing!
- The Green Mile – I obviously had to get a Stephen King book in here! So many of his have been made into films, with extremely varying results. I think that The Green Mile is one of the best, and I would thoroughly recommend a read and a watch. I cried just as much during the film as I did reading the book.