For this week’s Random Words Wednesday post, I thought I’d talk about book to movie adaptations! Book to movie adaptations are growing more and more popular these days, and they are one of my favourite things! However, I sort of dread them too! You can never tell how they’re going to turn out. There have been some amazing adaptations, but there have been some that definitely didn’t live up to my expectations. For me, I try to always read the book before I watch the film because the books are usually so much more developed and immersive! So because book to movie adaptations are so popular, I thought I’d write a post about my thoughts on my favourite adaptations, as well as some of the upcoming adaptations that I’m excited for!
Of course, it goes without saying that Harry Potter will always be my favourite book to move adaptation. How could it not be? I’ll always love the Harry Potter books, they were one of my first books I can ever really remember reading; although I admit that I did start reading the series after watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on DVD. There will always be parts of the books that I wish had been included in the films but overall I think they did a good job of bringing the books to life! Hogwarts, both in the books and their adaptations, will always be a magical place that I’d love to live in!
Another of my favourite adaptations is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and the sequels Prince Caspian, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader . Again, these books were a series I read when I was younger, and again I really enjoyed the movies – especially the first one! Narnia was really brought to life for me! The White Witch was cast perfectly, and the Pevensie children were almost exactly how I’d imagined them. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is still one of my all-time favourite fantasy, so I’ll still always choose the books over the films! My favourite book in the series is The Silver Chair, and I’ve heard that it’s going to be adapted into a film soon so I’m really excited about that! My only disappointment with that is that they’ve changed the actor for Eustace! It really bugs me when they change the casts!
The most recent adaptation I’ve seen is Mockingjay: Part 2 and wow!!! It was such an amazing conclusion to the series! I loved it! The Hunger Games trilogy was one of my favourite dystopian reads a couple of years ago, they had me hooked, and led me to read many more YA dystopian books. The film adaptations are definitely one of my favourites, they were so well done. Casting Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as Katniss and Peeta really was a perfect choice because they brought the roles to life! Actually, I really like all of the casting! I need to get my hands on the Funko Pop figures for the Hunger Games because they look so, so cool!
Another recent adaptation that I’ve seen is The Maze Runner, and the sequel The Scorch Trials. I went into these two films the wrong way, I ended up watching the films before I watched the books…which is something I very rarely do! And something else…I prefer the films to the books! I liked the books of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped! The writing style wasn’t my favourite, although I did like The Scorch Trials a lot more. I do still plan to pick up the next book in the series, but I’m definitely not in a rush!
There are a few new adaptations coming out in 2016 that I’m really looking forward to watching! The adaptation I’m most looking forward to is The 5th Wave! I read the book last year and loved it! It was a really great YA that focused on an alien invasion. I saw the trailer in the cinema a little while ago and wow! It looks like it will be amazing!