Friday Favourites – Book to Movie Adaptations

Author – Laura

It’s Friday, and that means that we Bookspa girls get to share all our favourite book-related things. This week we’re looking at a topic that can divide opinions and turn friends into foes. Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but still…

I think book to movie adaptations are always a gamble, because no two people read a book in the same way. Every reader has their own idea of what the lead character looks like, how they fall in love, what their home looks like etc, regardless of how detailed the authors description is.

These are the adaptations that hit the spot for me.

Twilight

I know, but hear me out. I think Catherine Hardwicke did a brilliant job of the first in the Twilight series of movies. She nailed the atmosphere, the tension and of course, Edwards hair.  I think the director really understood the book – she was the only female to direct any of the films, so perhaps she looked at the story in a different way to the others? I enjoyed the rest of the series, but Twilight will always be my favourite. The scene at the end, with the fairy lights and Iron and Wine playing in the background? *Sigh*…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

If you haven’t seen this film, then you should stop what you’re doing and find yourself a copy right now. The book is poignant, touching and funny, and this really comes across on the big screen. I think Logan Lerman did a great job in the lead role, he is cute and awkward, and his scenes with Emma Watson are some of my favourite. Even though it’s not a hugely uplifting story, I felt like I’d been a part of something quite special when I left the cinema.

The Green Mile

I cried reading the book, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel watching the movie. Needless to say, I cried even more, sat in my lounge surrounded by tissues. If you’ve had any exposure to either the book or the film you’ll know what I mean. The subject matter was handled sensitively, but without a smidge of sugar coating, hence the 18 rating. The casting was spot on; you couldn’t help hating Percy Wetmore and feeling heartbroken for the gentle giant, John Coffey.

The Lovely Bones 

This is the only adaptation I did back to front, in that I saw the film before I read the book. Either way, it’s a haunting story that will stick with you long after you’ve read or seen it. Peter Jackson doesn’t really make bad films, and although this is a million miles away from The Shire it’s still as affecting as any story about a ring. You sort of get lost in it, caught up in the life and death of Susie Salmon The film really catches the sense of other-worldliness (probably not a real word) that you get from the book.

What book – to – movie adaptations have really impressed you?

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