It is my first post in the new year! Crazy how it is already 2017. I am so ready for new books, new anime, new adventures, my birthday (it’s January 23rd in case you were wondering), and whatever else comes along in 2017. I have already made a list of the books I am looking forward to reading this year. You can check that out right here if you already haven’t: https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2016/12/21/top-ten-tuesday-10-books-tbr-in-2017/ .
Today I am going to go over the five book to movie adaptations that I can actually tolerate. These movies were actually quite similar to the books in many ways. We all know that you can only pack so much into a two hour film. If (we) readers had it our way then movies would probably be 4 to 5 hours long. Maybe even longer than that! Directors have to do us justice or else we RIOT! Just kidding…I’m too lazy to go out rioting. I heard a saying from a client of mine the other day and I thought it was freakin hilarious. It went something like this, “Don’t let your alligator mouth overrule your hummingbird ass.” Basically, it means if you’re going to open up your big mouth you better have something to back it up. I feel like I may be guilty of this. *Slowly starts to back out of the room* Okay, okay. Enough gibber jabber. Let’s get to my top picks!
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
I think The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 2 were my favorite out of all the films, but Catching Fire takes the cake out of all of them. It was the one that made me say, “WOW! That was adjskvgf…so freaking good!” It made me so hyped for the last two films. I think they did an amazing job with the set, costumes, cinematography and cast. Yes, they missed some of the important details, but like I said you can only fit so much in an allotted time frame.
2. If I Stay
Who doesn’t fawn over an epic young love story?! I know I do. But with first love usually comes heartbreak, finding yourself, and losing your whole family?! Wait…what? That is exactly what If I Stay is about. Of course the book played way more into the emotions of Mia then the film did, but the movie brought depth and perception onto the big screen. I loved all the lighthearted moments and as well as the more emotional ones. The book and movie definitely made me cry. I highly suggest reading this book and its companion novel (because they second book is Adam’s perspective). I do hope they make a second film! We She Went is beautiful as well!
3. The Notebook
Surprise, Surprise! Yes, The Notebook film is actually quite like the book. It has been awhile since I have read it (I was a freshman in high school). But if my memory serves me correctly, it was pretty similar in the way of adaptation! I wish the same could have been said for Dear John. It was so good as a book, but the film missed very key elements. I was a bit disappointed with it. I liked the film on it’s own (if I have never read the book). If you loved The Notebook as a movie then go read the novel!
4. The Time Travelers Wife
Well would you look at that…Rachel McAdam’s plays a love interest in another book to film adaptation that I adore. I have to say that I love The Time Traveler’s Wife more so than The Notebook though. Probably because I am biased and this book is one of my all time favorites. Sorry Nicholas Sparks! #sorrynotsorry. This book is just everything. It is one book that I think everyone should read. The movie is more subdue when it comes to the love scenes between Bana and McAdams. The book gets a little bit more raw with them. None of that stuff bothers me though. I mean I read Fifty Shades of Grey for crying out loud. (Yes, all three of them). Stop staring at me already will you?!
5. Water for Elephants
I’m pretty sure I was going to put another book to movie adaptation in this slot but then I couldn’t remember what it was. But I did remember Water for Elephants! This movie was so dreamy and lush and vivid that I was glad to have put it on here. The book and the movie are also very very close in content. A few hit and misses, but still super duper great! This is another book that can’t be missed. I want you to go out and get it…like now! Yes, stop dillydallying and buy it. If you loved reading The Night Circus then you will love Water for Elephants! (Please remember that Water for Elephants focused more on real life circuses during the 1920’s-1930’s).
The Great Gatsby (2013 Edition)
Pride and Prejudice
What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptations? Do you have any books that you would like to see on the big screen or even made into a TV series? Let me know in the comment section. I would love to hear your guys thoughts!