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My Top 5 Best Book to Movie Adaptations

My Top 5 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

I am one of those people who needs to read the book before watching the movie adaptation.  I prefer to read through the books first so my first impressions are not tainted with someone else’s vision. Comparing the source material to the film is a lot of fun for me. Here are my top 5 favorite adaptations to date:

  1. The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown quickly become one of my top 10 favorite books when I read it last year. When I was reading the novel, I had no idea it had a movie adaptation released in 2006. About a month after finishing the book, I watched the movie on Netflix (it is now streaming on HBOMax.) I realized quickly that I had been focusing primarily on the plot and had not been visualizing the characters to look a certain way. The only character that stood out to me while I was reading was Silas, and the film had casted the role perfectly. 

The movie was everything I could have hoped for in an adaptation. It flowed just as swiftly, followed each plot point, and translated the dynamics between the main cast extremely well. 

  1. The Hunger Games : Catching Fire

The entire Hunger Games series is a great adaptation, but Catching Fire stands out to me the most. I remember sitting in the movie theater on the edge of my seat, exhilarated as the movie included exact phrases of dialog from the book. The novel is too long and packed full of intricate details to fit everything into the film, but the movie held the vast majority of the key scenes. One detail in particular I remember being thrilled about was the recasting of Primrose Everdeen’s cat, Buttercup. In the first movie, the cat used on screen had black fur. In Catching Fire, they filmed a different cat with yellow fur, like the book had detailed. 

  1. The Fault in Our Stars

The book made me sob. The movie made me sob. 

This movie was eerily on the money as an adaptation. I know the author, John Green, had a role in the production, so that probably had something to do with the seamless transition to the big screen. 

  1. Matilda

Matilda brings back so many memories of my childhood. The movie was casted perfectly and each actor did their character justice. Despite knowing how the story was going to end, the movie managed to keep me on the edge of my seat when I watched it as a kid. I could read Matilda over and over again, and the movie is definitely one that can be rewatched countless times. 

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

As much as I love the book and enjoyed the unique writing style, I actually prefer the movie to the book. I think Logan Lerman added so many layers to Charlie’s character and made him more relatable on screen. The movie truly does the book justice beautifully. 

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