Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a freebie, so I picked Book-to-Screen Adaptations.
When it comes to my favourite books I always love hearing there’s an adaptation in development as much as I dread it, because how can a two-hour-long film or eight-episode-series live up to my favourite books. This week I’ve decided to feature my top four book-to-screen adaptations, my worst three, and my most anticipated three, because I’ve never quite learnt how to manage my sky high expectations.
Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations
This is one of my favourite books, so when I heard there was going to be a film my expectations for The Book Thief were even higher than they normally would be for book-to-screen adaptations. Luckily it was amazing, and like the book the ending to the film always leaves me in tears.
Before Love, Simon was released I saw plenty of glowing reviews from people who’d already seen it, so I knew going in it was going to be amazing (and it really was). I loved the scenes between Simon and his parents after he was outed, and the ending made me smile so much.
Every series of Game of Thrones has got better and better, so I really can’t wait for the next (and last if I’m not mistake) to be released next year. Now the TV series has surpassed the books I can only assume they’re still faithful adaptations, but I guess I’ll know for sure when book six is released.
When it comes to feel-good films, for me there’s none better than Stardust. I saw the film before reading the book, and it’s one of those rare book-to-screen adaptations where I prefer the film. I’ve watched Stardust so many times now I’ve lost count.
Worst Book-to-Screen Adaptations
I remember leaving the cinema after seeing this film and being really disappointed, mostly I think because the film didn’t cover the last few chapters of the book, where Lyra and Pan follow Lord Asriel through the northern lights into another world.
When I saw this with my friend I hadn’t read the book, so I actually thought it was a good film. My friend on the other hand had read the book and hated this film. After reading the Percy Jackson series myself I understand how she feels, but I think the movie is still good taken on its own.
All in all I think this was a decent book-to-film adaptation; it followed the main parts of the story and it was well cast too (I love Robert Sheehan). However personally I prefer the TV series, and I think the fact that this franchise never got past the first book kind of speaks for itself.
Upcoming Book-to-Screen Adaptations
So far all I know about this is that it’s going to be starring Dafne Keen from Logan as Lyra, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby. Granted that’s not a lot to go on, but I figure no matter what it can’t be worse than the movie was. Also I’m hoping we’ll get to meet Will in this adaptation.
I love this book so I have really high hopes for the TV show adaptation. The fact that Stardust ended up on my ‘Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations’ list this week, and that Good Omens will be starring David Tennant as Crowley means I’m more hopeful than not.
Again I don’t know much about this adaptation, but based on the pictures Angie Thomas has been sharing on Twitter it looks incredible. I loved The Hate U Give, and I think the fact that it’s getting a movie is brilliant on its own, so here’s hoping to adaptation turns out to be as good as the book is.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s freebie. When it comes to book-to-screen adaptations what ones do you love and what ones do you hate, also what upcoming releases are you most excited for?