As a writer, I’ve always dreamed of having a novel adapted to film. To see my words, characters and plot lines come to life. I’m sure it’s a dream that many writers share. Why wouldn’t we? Having a novel adapted to film is a pretty incredible accomplishment. Of course, being adapted to film isn’t always a great choice. Some books just can’t hack it when it comes to arriving on the silver screen.
The Best Books that Were Made in to Movies
Harry Potter. You can’t talk about books being turned in to movies without talking about Harry Potter. As much as I loathe J.K. Rowling’s consistently viral tweets, that woman wrote an incredibly series of books that not only created a whole slew of new readers, but were also translated in to some of the most amazing films that I have ever seen.
Gone Girl. I’ll admit, I never read the book. I’ve heard it was amazing, and I did go out and buy it from the local bookstore, but I’ve yet to crack it’s spine. I have, however, seen the movie multiple times. Who hasn’t? From what I’ve heard, the movie and the film are closely aligned. The film is amazing, so I can only assume that the book is to.
Eat, Pray, Love. I was one of those women that read Eat, Pray, Love while in a tumultuous relationship. I felt like Elizabeth Gilbert may as well have been writing about life – save for the lavish globe trotting. Obviously. When the movie came out, I fell in love. It stays close to the book, and the scenery never ceases to impress me.
The Worst Books that Were Made in to Movies
Twilight? 50 Shades of Gray? They were all pretty horrific to read, and were made in to equally terrible movies. Sure, they both played in to the hopeless romantic in all of us. But, really, talk about abusive relationships! Of course, these two movies aren’t the worst of the worst. There are plenty of terrible books, that were subsequently turned in to awful movies.
Have you ever read Paper Towns? The book was decent enough, but the movie kind of killed things. I never understood just how self absorbed and narcissistic Margo was until I saw the movie. Unfortunately, you could say the same thing about The Fault in Our Stars. The book was readable, but when it came to the movie – I found myself hating just about every single character.
Tell Me About Your Favorite Adaptations
My opinions are my own. You’re free to agree or disagree. What I really want to know this is what you think. What are you favorite books that were turned in to movies? Were they any good? Or did being on the big screen ruin them for you?