Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is all about Book to Movie Adaptations!!
I actually have quite strong feelings about book to movie adaptations so this is the first time in quite a while that I haven’t kept a top ten list to just ten items. For this list, I’ve actually listed 20 book to movie adaptations and separated them into four categories: books to movie adaptations I can’t wait to see, ones I still need to see, ones I loved, and ones I hated. So, if you think you can stick around for all 20 adaptations, let’s get started!
Book to Movie Adaptations I Can’t Wait to See
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 2: Obviously this is going to be number one. I’m so excited for when this comes out later this month. The book was not my favorite in the series but I think they did a great job with Part 1 and I’m getting ready for the tears to flow for the last installment of the series!
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: YES!! I know some people aren’t looking forward to this but as a huge Harry Potter fan, I’m dying for anything new written by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter world! And this one is awesome because it’ll be released in the US where I can see it! Plus, I can’t help but love Eddie Redmayne.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight: This is my favorite book by Jennifer E. Smith by far and I’m so excited that it’s going to be a movie. I hope they do right by the story and keep the emotions in it as well as the development of the relationship. I do think Hailee Steinfeld and Robert Sheehan are a good start to casting.
The Jungle Book: This movie has an incredible cast and the trailer is stunning. It’s long been one of my husband’s favorite Disney movies so I’m really excited to see this new live-action take on it. I think it’s going to be really good.
Throne of Glass: Okay, technically this isn’t going to be a movie but this is all about adaptations and this has been optioned as a TV show and I’m DYING to see it! I hope it happens and all of our dreams come true. Of course, if they screw it up like so many YA adaptations have been in the past, it could be the most painful in the history of adaptations.
Book to Movie Adaptations that I Still Need to See
If I Stay: I’ve wanted to see this for a while since I really liked the book but I just have this weird thing about Chloë Grace Moretz. I just don’t really like her acting. Between that and how emotional I’m sure it’s going to be, I haven’t ever really felt in the right mood to watch it. But I still really want to see it and know someday I will.
The Maze Runner: I read this book but didn’t particularly like it much and then the trailer came out and I really wanted to see the movie. I don’t know why but the movie looked really good. I still hope to see it someday but I never continued on with the books. Did you guys see this? Did you like it?
Schindler’s List: This is one I feel really guilty about. I also haven’t read the book but I feel like I should do at least one of those and I’m definitely more likely to watch the movie. It’s a classic and often mentioned in best movie lists. I really need to watch it.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: I read the book in anticipation of the movie coming out and then the movie was barely even out. It was a limited release at first and then I stopped paying close attention to it and then I missed it. I’m not sure if it’s a great movie, it wasn’t a great book, but I’m still interested in seeing it!
Wild: I’ve been told to read the book. And I’ve been told to see the movie. I’ve done neither yet. I don’t know why. Mostly because I just don’t feel drawn to either yet. But I know I will eventually. And then I’ll probably love them and wonder why I didn’t read and watch it earlier. I do love Reese Witherspoon. And those boots. But they’re about $300. Yeah, I checked.
Book to Movie Adaptations I Really Liked
The Martian: I liked the book much more than I thought I would. It was another one I read in anticipation of the movie coming out and I’m so glad I did. And while there were things I didn’t love about both, I did think the adaptation was done well and I loved the cast and would recommend both of these!
Warm Bodies: I love both the movie and the book of this one! I was nervous seeing this movie because I liked the book so much but it was so good! So much of what the book was about was in the movie as well, the right emotions were all there. So even though they changed a few plot points, the feeling was the same. It was still a cute, quirky zombie romance. Plus, Nicholas Hoult.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: This is my favorite HP adaptation, with Half-Blood Prince being a close second. Again, the overall feeling was so similar to the book for me and was so much better than the first two movies. We were definitely moving away from little kid movies to a darker, older feel with this installment.
Anne of Green Gables: I love the tv mini-series for these books so so so so so so much. I highly recommend them. I grew up with these movies, we watched them so many times, and I still love them! The actors do such amazing jobs of bringing these characters to life. I love them all! I wish I had copies of these instead of having to borrow them from the library when I wanted to watch them.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower: I was really surprised by the movie of this one. It was another one of those nervous watchings because while I didn’t love the book, it felt like it could really easily be screwed up. But the actors and director and everyone did a really great job with this movie. I do wonder how people who love the book felt about the movie, though.
Book to Movie Adaptations that I Hated
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Wow. This movie was terrible. So terrible. And the book was actually quite good. Funny and quirky and weird but definitely enjoyable. The movie just went completely off the wall and just wasn’t able to deliver. It was really, really disappointing. I would definitely say if you’re thinking of watching it, don’t waste your time.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: I need to tell you guys first that I really enjoyed this book. I loved the combination of history and fantasy all rolled into one. It’s actually weird that I liked it so much because historical fiction is not one of the genres I usually like but this one was good. And then that movie. Really. One of the worst movies I have ever seen. Ever. Don’t watch it. Your life will be worse for having spent time watching this movie. I could go on for a while but I won’t. I’m sure you’ve heard before how horrible this movie was. It’s all true.
The DUFF: Ugh. I read this book in anticipation of the movie and loved it. I love this book so much. Bianca is such a great female character who is different from so many that you read in YA contemporary romances and I was so excited to see that translated to film. But they destroyed it. They ruined it. The movie alone wasn’t great but I sometimes think I could maybe have liked it a little if I didn’t know how great it could have been. Really, it could have been amazing. I won’t go on because I’ve already ranted about this before but I’m not sure I’ve been more disappointed in an adaptation than I was with this one.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Oh wait. Yes I have been. I’ve still only seen this movie the two times I saw in the theaters. Every time I think I’ll watch it again, I think back to the part with Harry and Voldemort on the top of the tower before he jumps and I just can’t. I can’t do it. Why did they do that? Nothing irritates me more than when movies change things that just don’t need changing. I get it when I plot point has to be cut or modified, characters need to be left out, and changes made to work in the time frame. But why mess with things that don’t need changed? Especially when the changes are stupid. And that’s what happened in this one. I’m still mad about it.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones: Another one you guys have probably heard about a lot. This was not good. I made my husband, who hadn’t read the book, watch it with me and he literally had no idea what was going on. I tried telling him what was supposedly happening but then it just kept getting worse and worse. By the end, I was clueless as well. I’m just glad I didn’t love the books or highly anticipate this adaptation. It would have really hurt. Note: I did think Clary and Simon were well cast. I also recently watched the trailer for the tv show in hopes that it would be the opposite of this movie, but I’m not actually convinced it will be any better.
Now I have to know. What are you favorite and least favorite adaptations? Which ones are you dying to see and which ones have you not seen yet?
There are some really great movies coming out this month and I’m actually hoping to get out to see more than one this time! Last month, I saw The Martian and it was totally worth it. I really enjoyed it. Matt Damon played Mark Whatley really well, of course, and the rest of the cast was amazing as well. Loved the scenery and the action and all of it. I recommend both the book and the movie if you’re at all interested in them. But that was all I saw.
This month, I’m hoping to get out to the new Peanuts movie and I already have plans to see Mockingjay Part 2 (who doesn’t? Are you guys excited for it?) and my husband is seeing Spectre. We’re a little torn on the new Pixar movie and the Frankenstein movie, though. Lots of possible movies for when they’re released on video. Here are the ones that look most interesting to me.
Spectre: November 6
SPECTRE!! How long have you guys been waiting for this movie? I must admit that I’m not much of a James Bond fan but I will also admit that I watched Skyfall and thought it was really good. So I can see why people are really excited for this one. I hope it’ll live up to Skyfall and its previews.
The Peanuts Movie: November 6
We are actually going to see this movie in the theaters! Do you guys even know how excited that makes me? I love movies but my kids are pretty hesitant to see them in the theaters, I think the dark and the previews scare them. But after watching this trailer together, they are pumped for the movie! And I agree, it looks pretty cute. It’ll be weird seeing the Peanuts characters differently but I’m excited to finally have another story from them.
Love the Coopers: November 13
It’s Christmas movie time! This, of course, intrigues me. I can’t help it. It looks like a combination of Love, Actually and The Family Stone. It might be terrible, it’s so hard to tell with these movies. But it just doesn’t seem like anything original. But did you see the cast? How can I not watch it? Yeah, I’ll probably see this one.
Man Up: November 13
In case you didn’t know, I love Simon Pegg. So yes, I’ll see this one. Probably when it comes out on video, or is available to stream if that’s what it’s called now, but I’ll definitely see it. Again, I’m not sure how original it will be but it looks funny and enjoyable and a perfect rom com. Minus that fake British accent.
Secret in Their Eyes: November 20
A new Julia Roberts movie! Guys, this one looks intense. Really. I won’t see this because it looks scary and just too intense for me but it looks really good. Plus, I love Chiwetel Ejiofor. Yes, it’s only PG-13 but it looks much too emotional and violent for me. If you like these kinds of movies, I hope you’ll see it and I hope it’s good!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2: November 20
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS! We’re all waiting for this one, right? It looks so good. But I’m also so nervous to see this. Between knowing what happens in this part and knowing it’ll make me sad and wondering how the adaptation is going to be and what they’re going to leave out or change, it’s scary. Plus, once this one is out, it’s all over. This series has been pretty good as far as adaptations go, I just hope it doesn’t pull an HP #8 and go completely off the book.
Victor Frankenstein: November 25
Speaking of Harry Potter, this one has Daniel Radcliffe in it! And James McAvoy! Yes! I’d actually see this one. I don’t know if it’ll be any good but it looks kind of funny and it has great actors in it. I spotted Moriarty in the preview as well!
The Good Dinosaur: November 25
A new Pixar movie? I didn’t know about this one. It looks like they decided to remake The Land Before Time (released almost exactly 27 years ago). I loved that movie as a kid. Have you guys even heard of it? It’s about a young dinosaur who ends up alone and sets off on a journey home, finding friends and enemies along the way. Yep, sounds similar. Though I do like this set up. I’m interested to see if my kids will want to see this and how it’ll be. Though, it’s Pixar so at least we know the adults will cry.
Also releasing this month are Legend where Tom Hardy plays twin mobsters in London, The Night Before with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen about their holiday traditions and then with some sort of random drug montage a-la Knocked Up, and By the Sea starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a married couple (what?!) on vacation in the 70’s that reads like an uplifting marriage movie but looks disturbing. Those are all definite no’s from me.
Apparently, this is a very movie-heavy week here. I hope that’s okay with you guys! Now that it’s a new month (a little bit ago but who’s counting?), it means it’s also time for more movies! October is a pretty great month for movies because there are actually several book to movie adaptations coming out again. And they actually look really good. Sadly, I didn’t end up seeing any movies last month. I can’t believe I didn’t get out to even one! I still really want to see The Intern and will someday but now it’s time to focus on October movies.
The Martian: October 2
I’m so excited for this movie. I bought The Martian by Andy Weir a few weeks ago and finally read it earlier this week and really enjoyed it. I’m going to see the movie this weekend with a friend who’s also reading the book. I’ve seen the previews and it looks really good. I’m already anticipating some differences between the book and movie but hopefully the overall feel will be similar. And I think it will be. Plus there are a ton of great people in this movie besides Matt Damon. Have you seen it?
Pan: October 9
This is actually more of a Peter Pan prequel than a retelling, like I originally thought. It’s about Peter going to Neverland and befriending Hook and Tiger Lily and fighting Blackbeard. I don’t know that I’ll actually see this one. I know my kids won’t want to because they have some sort of weird thing with dark movies and there’s no way to convince them with this preview that the movie won’t be scary and sad. Also, I’ve never really found a Peter Pan movie that I really loved. And I just don’t think this would be the one. Plus, I’m not sure I can get past Hugh Jackman’s makeup. What is your favorite Peter Pan retelling? Hook from Once Upon a Time is definitely my favorite character to come out of a retelling.
Steve Jobs: October 9
This is definitely not my type of movie. I won’t see it but it has a fabulous cast and, so far, it’s getting good feedback on Rotten Tomatoes. If this were my type of movie, I’d be really excited to see it in the theaters.
Knock Knock: October 9
Oh boy. Once again, not a movie I’ll see. I don’t generally do thrillers and almost always hate movies about cheating spouses. I’m definitely not the intended audience for this. But I do love Keanu Reeves (I know, Woah, and all that, but still) and I wish he did more (good) movies that I’d see. Can I admit that I love Speed without you guys all running away? Because I do, I really do. Also, remember the movie Parenthood from a million years ago? As weird as it is, because it is weird that I grew up watching movies like that, I’ve seen that a ton of times and will always love him in it.
The Final Girls: October 9
Maeby!!!!!!!!! Elena!!!!!!! Bumper!!!!!!!! This is exactly the kind of horror movie I would watch if I were going to watch a horror movie. It looks so campy! I love it.
Goosebumps: October 16
This looks good! To be fair, though, I didn’t read these books as a kid. I was scared of everything so I pretty much avoided anything even slightly scary. But I do know there are a TON of Goosebump fans out there and I really hope that this will be a good adaptation for them. Jack Black is pretty hard to count on, though. Sidenote: My kids love the gnome scene.
Room: October 16
Wow, that looks intense. Did you guys read this book? It was like THE book a few years ago. I remember my family talking about it at one of the holidays. I didn’t end up reading it but I do have a copy of it. I really need to read it. And then watch the movie. I love Brie Larson. And this looks incredible. And insanely emotional. Not my typical choice but it looks really good.
The Last Witch Hunter: October 23
Am I the only one who never imagined Vin Diesel and Elijah Wood would ever be in a movie together? But I have to say, I didn’t hate it. But I also won’t see the movie. Because it just doesn’t look good. But still a fun pair! Fun fact: I had a huge crush on Elijah Wood when I was a kid.
Rock the Kasbah: October 23
Guys, I honestly don’t know what to think of this movie. The preview makes it look horrible but an article I read on the movie says it takes what we think will happen and turns it all around. So I really don’t know. I do love Bill Murray, though. Will just have to wait to pass judgement until I’ve seen it, I think.
Jem and the Holograms: October 23
This looks terrible. Terrible. Really. Maybe if you had never heard of Jem and the Holograms before right now or seeing this trailer for the first time, you might enjoy it. And that’s fine. But seriously, WHAT DID THEY DO TO JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS?!?!?! To be fair, I was too young to really remember much of the show when it was originally on, but I did see it and liked it. This isn’t the same. If you’re too young for the show or didn’t watch it and are therefore unbiased, how does the trailer look to you?
Burnt: October 23
Did anyone watch Kitchen Confidential with Bradley Cooper like a million years ago on TV? I think there was only one season and I only saw a few episodes, not the whole thing, but how different is this from that show? It’s not suppose to be the same thing, right? I don’t think so, the set-up just makes it feel very similar. Almost like this movie takes place several years after the show. Did any of you guys watch it?
What movies are you guys hoping to see this month?
It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a movie preview post. I miss them and always had a lot of fun making them. Besides books, I also really love movies. We don’t get out to see them nearly as much as we used to but we still watch them when we can.
I decided to help get back in the swing of movies posts, that I would do previews for movies coming out in September. I don’t know if you’ve looked at upcoming movies at all, but this fall has a TON of them. I’ve included only the ones here that look interesting to me for some reason. They may be ones I’m dying to see, they might be ones I think look good and want to rent someday, or they may just be completely weird movies that I’ll never see but need to share with someone.
A Walk in the Woods: September 2
I’m not sure I’ll actually see this one but it does look cute and I have a lot of love for Nick Offerman so who knows, eventually maybe I will see it. Or maybe I’ll go with my mom, she’s a huge Robert Redford fan and will definitely want to see this. Plus, Emma Thompson is in it and who doesn’t love her? And Robert Redford is just classic. Plus, the Appalachian Trail. Hiking it is one of the things my husband wants to do someday. Maybe this could be good research for it? If I had to guess from the trailer, I’d say he’s Redford and I’m Nolte. I could definitely drive the Appalachian Trail!
Sleeping with Other People: September 11
This actually looks really funny, although really inappropriate, and I like everyone in it. It looks like it has a similar feel to Trainwreck with Amy Schumer. We’ll probably see this one. I always love comedies with heart.
Black Mass: September 18
I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty over Johnny Depp. But I will also admit that this looks pretty good. It’s not my type of movie at all but it has everybody in it and Depp looks just the right amount of crazy to play a gangster. I think I may end up having to see this with the husband.
Cooties: September 18
So I’m actually a big fan of zombie movies. Usually. And I had a huge crush on Elijah Wood when I was younger. So I had to watch this preview even though the premise sounded weird. And I was right. It is very weird. I don’t think I’ll be seeing this one. It looks (kind of) funny (Kenneth!) but a little too strange for me. I just don’t think I would find it funny watching adults beating up little kids. Even if they are zombies. And it’s just a movie. It’s still weird.
Everest: September 18
This movie looks so intense!! I can hardly believe I almost want to see it because it isn’t typically the kind of movie I’d go see. But there are so many great people in it and it looks really good. I haven’t read the book and this is one of those cases where I’m much more likely to see the movie than read the book. I think Jake Gyllenhaal might have something to do with that….
The Scorch Trials: September 18
I never ended up seeing The Maze Runner even though I thought it looked pretty good. I also never read the second book in the series because I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book. But I can’t help thinking how good the movies look! I hope to give them a try someday. Have you read or watched this series yet?
The Intern: September 25
I can’t help it, this looks seriously cute. Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. Plus a bunch of other people we know. It looks like a perfect funny, heartwarming movie. I will see this. Because I like movies that make me smile.
The Walk: September 30
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT. That’s all you need to say to make me want to see a movie. I will admit that his accent is a little weird in the previews but I hope it’s something you get used to in the movie. Otherwise, I’m really excited about this. I might have to drag the husband to it. He wasn’t nearly as convinced as I was.
Will you be seeing any of these movies this month?
It’s winter!! And that means it’s time for another movie preview post! I love doing these because I love movies and discovering what’s coming out and sharing my brief thoughts on the trailers with all of you. But I also know this is a book blog so it won’t bother me if nobody sees this. Though I have a feeling there are at least some of you out there who enjoy movies just like I do! So if that’s you, let me know what you think of these movies! I’ve put together trailers of ones that interested me the most, for both good and bad reasons. I share the ones I definitely want to see and the ones that interested me for other reasons. *Spoiler alert* I enjoy movies that entertain rather than preach, funny movies over violence and gore, and almost never horror films. I’d love to know what you think of these previews and which movies you think you’ll see in the theaters! I sorted them here by release date.
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Last I saw this movie only had a 32% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, which is less than the approval rating for Horrible Bosses 2. I don’t plan on seeing it. Though not because of the rating but rather just because it isn’t my type of movie. And if I ever felt the need to watch a movie like this, I’d watch The Ten Commandments instead.
Inherent Vice: Again, not my type of movie but it looks interesting and I can definitely see where the audience for this is and really hope it lives up to their hopes. Watching the trailer I was amazed at just how many people are in this film. And it has the same director as Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood.
Top Five: This looks good and really funny. It’s written and directed by Chris Rock and if you’ve ever watched any Chris Rock stand-up, you definitely get that same feeling in the trailer. We won’t see this in the theaters, but it definitely seems like something we’d rent later on.
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies: Yes, of course I’ll be seeing this. While I wasn’t hugely thrilled with the second Hobbit movie, and the things they changed/added, I’m still hoping this one will be great. Also, I’m hoping I won’t cry. Because…you know. Reasons.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb: This looks like another good Night at the Museum movie. Unfortunately, they scare my kids so we don’t watch them. I keep trying to get them to go see movies with me, but they refuse every time. I’m hoping that’ll change soon and we can catch this one on video. I just love the cast and the stories and the magic in them. Plus, Robin Williams.
Annie: Okay, who isn’t a sucker for Annie? I remember going to this show as a kid and loving it. The songs are so catchy and the story is full of emotions. This remake actually looks pretty good. I mean, who doesn’t love Jamie Foxx? My only concern is that Cameron Diaz is a bit annoying in some of the previews.
Into the Woods: Holy crap. This looks so good. I watched the trailer for the first time while writing this post and now I’m really excited for this movie. I’ve never seen Into the Woods before but if it’s as good as the trailer, I think I’m going to love it! I wonder if my family would mind me ditching them on Christmas…
Unbroken: This is an adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel and is directed by Angelina Jolie. I haven’t read the book and this isn’t a movie that interests me, but I’ve still been seeing previews for it everywhere and am pretty sure it’s going to be a big deal. I read a few critics reviews and they said both that this could be Oscar worthy and that it’s boring. So who knows. Are you going to see it? Did you read the book?
Paddington: Awwww. Paddington is so cute. But I didn’t actually read a lot of Paddington when I was a kid so there isn’t a lot of nostalgia for me here. But he is cute and I’m sure my kids would find this hilarious. If I could just get them to the theaters. Because this definitely looks like a family movie with lots of specific kid humor. But critics are liking it and it’s produced by David Heyman (producer of the Harry Potter movies). So that seems promising.
Mortdecai: Another Johnny Depp movie so it shouldn’t need to be said but I’m saying it anyway, this one looks weird. I’m not even sure what it’s about. But I think maybe we’ll see this one at some point. Because it does look like fun. Almost like a Wes Anderson movie. But not quite. Plus, I like Paul Bettany.
Fifty Shades of Grey: Yeah, no, I’m not going to see this. But I included it on this list because I’m pretty sure this is going to be a popular one. I’m just not sure what I think of a Valentine’s Day release. Will you be seeing this one? Is this a date movie? Or maybe more of a rent and watch it in your home movie?
The Duff: Yeah, I’m going to see this. But first I need to read the book. This looks funny. But I don’t think I’ll be able to convince my husband to see it so I need to find someone else to go with me. Who wants to go see this with me?!
Okay, that’s a lot of movies. And it’s not even close to all of the movies that are coming out this winter. There’s also The Interview with Seth Rogen and James Franco which I’m not even going to discuss, Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams which we might end up seeing but looks kind of creepy to me, American Sniper with Bradley Cooper, Taken 3 with Liam Neeson, The Loft with Karl Urban and James Marsden which looks a lot like Very Bad Things but darker, The SpongeBob Movie which I’m not even offering to take my kids to, Maps to the Stars for David Cronenberg fans and people wanting to see Robert Pattinson, Escobar for Josh Hutcherson fans, and Song of the Sea which looks super good. As well as many others.
Winter always seems like a great time for movies. I’m hoping to get out to several of these but we end up averaging only about two a season. With the prices so high and having to find babysitting and having Netflix at home, it’s easier to wait for movies to come to us and use babysitting for nice dinners or games instead. But maybe I’m just being old and grumpy. Either way, I love movies and am always excited to see new ones. I really do hope to see at least three of these in the theaters. And I hope The Duff is as good as it looked in the trailer!
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