Top Ten Tuesday: Book-to-Screen Adaptations

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.


Top Ten Tuesday #102

Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations

Best Book-to-Screen Adaptations

The Book Thief

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.


Love, Simon

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.


Game of Thrones

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.


Stardust

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

Worst Book-to-Screen Adaptations

The Golden Compass

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.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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

His Dark Materials

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.


Good Omens

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.


The Hate U Give

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?

75 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Book-to-Screen Adaptations

  1. Love your list! Stardust is one of the best adapts ever because it did its own thing but SO SO well. I also think that’s true for Howl’s Moving Castle – lots of changes from the book but I can’t pick between book/movie. I also really loved the adaptations for The Secret Life of Bees and Lion. Oh, and I think one of the more disappointing adapts I’ve seen is for Life of Pi. G o r g e o u s film, and wonderful performance from Suraj Sharma but the scenes with the author and older Pi were awful and the oomph from the book’s words and details was missing. Thanks for the post – I love hearing other people’s thought on adaptations, because I do love some versions better than the books. I’ll have to rewatch The Book Thief sometime… I don’t remember the movie version >.<

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah Stardust is an all-time favourite of mine. I’ve never seen Howl’s Moving Castle, but my sister loved that film when she was younger. I don’t think she knew it was an adaptation though.
      I haven’t seen the Life of Pi film either, but I read the book and really enjoyed it so it’s a shame about the film. I get what you mean about scenes taking the oomph from the books words and such. The book was such a powerful read so it’s a disappointment when the adaptation doesn’t live up to it.
      That’s all right, and yeah I need to re-watch The Book Thief soon, and re-read the book too! 😀

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      1. Yeah it’s such a beautiful story, and the fact that it was narrated by Death is part of what made it stand out for me because it adds a really haunting tone to some parts of the story. It’s the part of the book that’s stayed with me the longest for sure. 🙂

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      1. Yeah, Percy Jackson deserved a little better too, although I liked the movies. But they didn’t seem super committed to really go all the way. I want some kind of adaptation that really spans the years … like Harry Potter!

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  2. Awww I love this list! I have to agree Beth that The Book Thief is such a gorgeous movie… so touching and heartening! And I didn’t like The Golden Compass and was so, so disappointed! I’m glad to see Love Simon on your good list… I want to see that – I’ve only heard great things so far and its so nice to see a good YA adaption! ❤️

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    1. Thanks so much Dani! 😀 Definitely, and actually just talking about it is making me want to watch it again (but not really in the mood for a sad movie at the moment). Love Simon had to go on my good list, it’s just a great film. 🙂 ❤

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  3. ooh yes to GOT and Stardust (I actually think both have surpassed the book too) And that gives me high hopes for Book Thief which I haven’t seen yet! I need to read and watch love simon- really looking forward to it too 😀 I was really disappointed with golden compass too- I couldn’t believe it left out the ending (and I thought it was going pretty well until that point as well- I basically screamed in disappointment- luckily I didn’t see it in the cinema or that would be awkward 😉 ) But I’m psyched for His Dark Materials too 😀 Awesome post! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Definitely in terms of Stardust and what we’ve read so far of GOT (we don’t know how the books go yet). The Book Thief is amazing, and oh so is Love Simon. I’m actually reading the book again now, I just had to after loving the film. 🙂
      Yeah same here, it just ended in such a strange place because Lyra’s journey really began at the end of the book and that wasn’t in the film at all. Here’s hoping the TV adaptation will be better right?
      Thanks so much. 🙂 ❤️

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  4. I love Shadowhunters! And I completely agree with your thoughts on the Percy Jackson movie: it’s good by itself when not taken in relation of the book. But again that applies to almost every book-to-movie adaptation.

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    1. It just gets better and better with each season right? And with Percy Jackson I think if you watched the film before reading the book you could enjoy it but once you read the book the film is kind of ruined. Yeah I get that they need to make some changes to adaptations but they took it too far with Percy Jackson. 🙂

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  5. Oh Beth I am so glad to hear you enjoyed Love, Simon! I can’t wait to watch it 🙂
    I’m with you on The Golden Compass, that adaptation disappointed me a lot, I thought it could have been amazing, but… yeah, I didn’t enjoy it and didn’t feel the magic in it. I’m looking forward to the other adaptation of that series though and really hope they will do a great job – and YES that we will meet Will, that would be amazing 😀

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    1. It was amazing Marie! Definitely deserving of the hype and I really hope you love it, but I’m like 99% sure you will.
      There was just so much missing, I remember talking with my friend about it when we left the cinema and we were just kind of gutted that that was the adaptation we got. Fingers crossed (it can’t be worse right?) but yeah I think as long as we get to meet Will it will be better in my mind! 😀

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  6. The Book Thief and Love Simon are two of my fave adaptations as well!! Helps that they’re from two of my favorite books! 😄 And STARDUST! A masterpiece of our time. I’ll never forgive for that atrocity that was the Percy Jackson movie (and they made two of them??? Why???) And I’m also SO EXCITED to see David Tennant as Crowley in Good Omens! 😄

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    1. Yeah they’re both favourites of mine to actually. I’m actually planning on re-reading Simon Vs tomorrow (didn’t get a chance before seeing the film unfortunately). Stardust was amazing, and I’ll never forgive the Percy Jackson movie (the fan deserved so so much better!)
      Oh my god yes. I will watch anything David Tennant is in but combined with Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s writing? That’s a guaranteed win isn’t it? 😀

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  7. Aah Love Simon was so good!! And i also really love stardust although i’m pretty sure i haven’t read the book yet but on the topic of Neil Gaiman i have read coraline and i think i might prefer the film to that novel just because the film is so amazing! Fab list 😊😊

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    1. Amazing, I can’t wait for it to be released on DVD so I can watch it all over again. 🙂
      I’d recommend the book, especially if you loved the film, and oh Coraline is one I have on my list still (to read and to watch) but I’ve heard good things (I’ll still have to read the book before seeing the movie however!)
      Thanks so much. 🙂

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  8. I saw Love Simon last weekend and adored it; it definitely did the book justice. I also really liked The Book Thief, as I thought they captured the tone of the book well, although it’s been quite a few years since I watched it. I totally agree with you about the City of Bones film too, it was dire and deserved to be thrown in the trash. It ended up spoiling the book for me because it was so bad, which I was disappointed about. Great post Beth!

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    1. It really did, honestly though because of what everyone had been saying about that film I wasn’t even surprised by how much I did love it. 🙂
      I need to re-read The Book Thief, and I suppose I may as well re-watch the movie while I’m at it. 😀
      Yeah as far as book to film adaptations go it wasn’t the worse one I’ve ever seen, but it’s not great, and the TV show is so much better in my opinion.
      Thanks so much! 😀

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  9. Hello Beth ❤
    I loved the Love Simon movie so much! It made me laugh and cry! I loved that it stayed true to the book for the most part. Also loved the interaction between the characters which were hilarious 🙂
    I haven't seen the Book Thief movie yet but it is definitely on my list!

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    1. Hi Sophie. 🙂 ❤
      Oh my god yes I was hearing so many things about the Love Simon movie and all of them were true. It made me laugh and cry and I thought it was just so well done. When it comes to film adaptations we got lucky with that one didn't we?
      Oh I'd recommend The Book Thief, it's another adaptation that's really well done. 🙂

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      1. Yes I am really pleased with the film adaptation for Simon Vs! I feel like it really captured the spirit of the book very well. I will definitely have to check out The Book Thief movie since I loved the book so much 🙂

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  10. This is a really awesome top 10, Beth! I’m really curious about THUG and how fans will react to the movie adaptation too. And maaaan, I totally need to read Good Omens! I have that book on my shelf and can’t wait to get around to it.

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan. 🙂 Yeah there isn’t much about THUG movie yet, but what I have heard is promising, and oh I’d highly recommend Good Omens. It’s an incredible book and given there’s an adaptation coming out it’s practically required reading right? 😀

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  11. Ah, yes, Love, Simon was FANTASTIC!!! It’s one of my absolute favorite movies now oh god. 💘 I think it was perfectly balanced between similarities and differences to the book, and being able to see a gay teen in a mainstream movie was so so beautiful. 💖

    And oh god, I definitely think The Lightning Thief is fine as a movie on its own, but as an adaption??? It was not good at all. I remember cringing so hard as I watched the movie because so many things were just so completely off. 😂

    Great post! And I can’t wait to see THUG when it releases. 💕

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    1. Same here, I’ve already pre-ordered the DVD so when it’s released I can watch it over and over again! I just loved it, and the fact that it’s a film about a gay teen that’s done so well may mean we see more in the near future right? (Fingers crossed for more diversity in film).
      Yeah if you haven’t read the book then you can enjoy the film on its own, but if you have stay far far away from it. Looking back, and after reading the book for the first time I cringed a little at how much I realised was missing.
      I feel like the THUG movie will be in the same league as Love Simon is. 🙂 ❤

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  12. Sweet baby Jesus and the pandas around the world. I remember liking PJ when I first saw it but then after reading the books, I felt like it didn’t do the book justice at all! I am keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a PJO TV series because WE NEED IT.

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    1. I feel like that’s the case for a few of us, we saw the movie before reading the book, enjoyed it somewhat, then read the book and realised how terrible an adaptation it actually was.
      Yes, if there’s any fandom who deserves a second chance at an adaptation it’s the Percy Jackson one. 😀

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      1. It looks epic! But I don’t know, I just don’t think Amandla is fit to Ruby’s character, that girl is in every YA movie adaptation 😂

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      2. Yeah she is, and in Everything Everything too, now in The Darkest Mind and soon to be in The Hate U Give. Exactly every YA movie adaptation 😂

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  13. I was EXACTLY the same with the Percy Jackson movie! I saw it and thought it was soooo good, so I read the book and was like… wait??

    Did you know The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken is being made into a film? I think it’s actually coming out this Summer – I’m excited to see what they’ve done with it.

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    1. I guess in hindsight for us maybe reading the book wasn’t the best idea if we wanted to stay loving the movie. 🙂 Still, love the books so glad I did read them in the end!
      Yes I did see that actually, can’t believe I missed it from my list this week. I am definitely excited for that film as well because it’s one of my favourite series (I may have to re-read the books before the film comes out actually)! 😀

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  14. I loved this! I’ve never seen the Percy Jackson movie, but I heard it was crap so I may steer clear of it. I saw the Golden Compass, but I can’t remember if it was before or after I read the book (probably after). I thought it as a decent movie, same as the Mortal Instruments, but the only saving grace to that movie (in my opinion) was Jamie Bower Campbell *swoons* haha. I have yet to see the TV series (so many things to watch, not enough time!) Speaking of TV shows I’m currently watching season 7 of Game of Thrones I LOVE THAT SHOW! IT. IS. SO. GOOD! It just keeps getting better and better, like seriously!
    You saw Love, Simon?! What did you think? Not going to lie the scene where his dad starts crying I freakin’ melted and cried too!
    I also can’t wait for the Hate U Give!

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    1. I definitely can’t say I’d recommend the Percy Jackson film, in fact if you loved the books stay far far away from it. I think I saw The Golden Compass after reading the book and it was a major pass for me, kind of the same with The Mortal Instruments (I mean, a decent enough adaptation looking back but I love the TV series so so much more).
      Oh my god Game of Thrones is AMAZING right?! I am so excited but so nervous for the last series.
      Yeah I saw it this past week and loved it. I had high hopes because everyone was saying it was great but it really was great. Oh same here, just everything between Simon and his parents after he’s outed made me emotional.
      That’s going to be another great adaptation I’m sure! 😀

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      1. Once I finish season seven of GOT & season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events (which I’m not liking) I’m hoping to get into the Shadowhunters tv show!
        I’m sad that GOT is ending, it’s such a good show & the amount of time & energy they put into EVERYTHING is unbelievable!
        I’m really glad to hear you loved Love, Simon! 😀

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      2. Oh a shame about A Series of Unfortunate Events (I still need to check out that show myself) but I hope you love Shadowhunters Meghan! 🙂
        Same here, but it’s definitely ending on a high note which is good because sometimes shows can go on for too long can’t they?

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      3. Yeeeah, I’ve only seen the first 4 episodes and I just had to stop, but I will get back into it because I want to see where it goes. For a series I’ve read over and over, I’m curious!
        Thanks, I hope I do too!
        Oh, that’s for sure, shows that go for longer than necessary, should just end.

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  15. I agree with the Percy Jackson film adaption. I feel like the only reason I liked it as much as I did (not that I really liked it) was because I watched before I read the book before I really got into reading. As an adaption it was a monstrosity but it was just a mediocre film to me.

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    1. Yes it was exactly the same for me. I saw the film before I read the book and thought it was a decent film, but then I read the book and realised actually it really wasn’t. I mean taken on it’s own I do still kind of enjoy the film, but as an adaptation of a book, no thanks!

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      1. I agree, I feel like that’s the only reason I didn’t hate the film as much as others (I didn’t even know it was an adaption at the time).

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    1. Oh in that case I’d recommend the book. Stardust is one adaptation where I love both and can’t really chose between them as to which is better.
      Yeah I’m glad they’re giving The Golden Compass another chance, here’s hoping it’ll work better as a TV show than it did as a movie right? 😀

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    1. Yeah I had high hopes for that film after what everyone was saying about it but it ended up being better than I thought it would be. 🙂
      They really did, and a good thing too because if the film version of The Book Thief had been a bad adaptation I would have felt betrayed a little you know? 😀

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  16. Goodness! You’ve just reminded me, I never found Stardust. It’s one of my fave Gaiman books & I’ve heard AMAZING things about the movie, will def go back on the hunt. I’m also really looking forward to The Hate U Give movie adaptation, these are are all such great picks Beth! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Oh definitely definitely watch it when you get a chance, especially if you enjoyed the book. Next to The Mummy Stardust is probably one of my favourite films and definitely one I’ve re-watched a lot as well. 😀
      With THUG if the book is anything to go by the film is going to be incredible right?
      Thanks so much Lilly. 🙂 ❤

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