Day 3 – Favourite book to movie adaptation
I’m definitely one of those book people that believe the book is better than the film 99% of the time but on the rare occasion, there are adaptations that find a little space in my heart.
My all-time favourite book to movie adaptation has to be The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Anyone that knows me will know that I LOVE The Lord of Rings, both the film and the books. It takes some determination to get stuck into the series but it is well worth it when you do. I have some really beautiful editions of the books and the collector’s edition of the movies (extended versions, of course).
The movies capture the plot of the books so well, portraying it through breathtaking cinematography and music (honestly, they nailed the soundtrack throughout). Given how much material there us to use in the book, they did an excellent job condensing it down into just three films but still keep enough detail that the story flows smoothly.
Although we do miss some good bits from the book but considering they manage to condense nearly 1000 pages of a trilogy into 12 hours of screen time it’s only fair we cut the producers and screenwriters some slack.
Some honourable mentions;
- The Hunger Games (I wasn’t a big fan of the books but I really loved the movies, they got so dark. Maybe I’ll try rereading them again and see if age has changed my opinion)
- Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
- The Hobbit Trilogy (I didn’t enjoy the book much but I actually really enjoyed the movies.)
- Before I Die (movie adaptation was called Now is Good)
I enjoy a movie as much as the next person but it rare to find a movie that is better than its bookish counterpart. Sometimes the butcher the adaption so thoroughly that they axe any further productions (sometimes with good reason, just look at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).
But for the most part, the book was better.