The hardest thing about movie adaptations is that what you think may not be what the person next to you thinks. You may be okay with the changes and someone else may be pretty pissed off about them. But to me, that’s also what makes them fun. It’s the beauty of the world that there are many opinions, many choices, and many books.
When we think about book to movie/TV adaptations, it’s hard to narrow down ones favorites. But here’s our favorite adaptations.
One can’t talk about great adaptations if you don’t talk about Harry Potter. It’s 7 flawless movies that take you inside a world unlike anything that you have ever seen. The actors, the words, the scripts – everything is just perfection. Harry Potter ignited the love of adaptations and made us see what is possible when a studio pays attention to the fans, the source material, and markets effectively.
Yes, Dystopian’s are over but the first movie in The Divergent Series is one of our favorites. It was simple, it was a reflection of the book. The thing is – Divergent didn’t worry about the grandeur – it worried about the heart of the story. I went to that set and I can tell you when you were in the cavern – you were there. You felt like a part of that world. Everything made sense. That first movie was about the books and we love it. I wanted to fall for Tris. I wanted to root for Four. I was happy to be a part of their world.
The Hunger Games will always have a special place in our hearts. It’s like Twilight – a movie that we started our fandom journey on and have invested blood, sweat, and tears into. We love it so much. The movies were cast beautifully, stayed true to the story, and developed that emotional connection. The thing is – The Hunger Games franchise – the actors and the crew – they were all as invested in the fans as the fans were with them. That’s a beautiful thing.
Everything leads back to Twilight. You can say what you want about the films but they were great adaptations. Twilight took the books and really used them as a source material. They made sure that they took the popular lines, the things that resonated with the fans, and made sure that they stayed true to the story. Twilight brought us Robsten and how can you ever say that is a bad thing. Look, I will be the first to say that Twilight isn’t the most amazing movie franchise – but it did what it was supposed to do. It ignited feelings in those that watched it. Movies are about that – emotional investment. To this day I am emotionally invested in Twilight.
The 5th Wave
When I saw The 5th Wave, I didn’t think I was going to like it. I thought it was another franchise with a bunch of popular actors and I thought that they were going to be selling it off that. But the truth is that the movie is full of action, emotion, and some pretty hot scenes. The book – like other favorites – stays true to the heart of the book and that draws us in. I can’t say enough about that – because the action and the emotional connection makes me root for the characters.
If I Stay
A movie doesn’t have to be fantasy or dystopian to catch my eye. If I Stay has always been a favorite book – but what I loved about If I Stay is that they managed to find a way to stay so true to the book that you didn’t even notice the differences. The movie has you smiling, laughing, tearing up, and at the end – it leaves you rooting for Mia to survive. Love how they made me believe that I was seeing the story through Mia’s soul and still managed to make me feel everything that the other characters feel.
The Fault in Our Stars
Seriously… can’t put this one into words. Cause it’s just perfection.
To commemorate the close of The Hunger Games franchise – we are giving you a chance to win a special prize pack.
- A Mockingjay Part 2 rose,
- Limited Edition Mockingjay Part 2 pin,
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Soundtrack,
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 on Blu-ray
To enter – leave a comment on this post and let us know what your favorite adaptation is! We’ll choose a winner April 2nd.
Mockingjay: Part 2 is available now!