I love books, that much is clear. The thing is I also love movies and TV series so much that it baffles me when I meet people who don’t. I mean, what do you do at home? I once went to a couple’s apartment and found that they didn’t own a TV. Seriously, no TV anywhere in the house and I was shocked but when they told me they read a lot, I understood. One can go without the other but when you don’t do both, honestly what do you do to decompress from life?
So when my love for the two combine, I can go crazy! Movie adaptations make me extremely happy and that gave me an idea for this article. Which movie adaptations have I watched so far? Which ones have I loved and which ones made me cringe a little? Let’s face it, they can never be the same thing but I always feel like it’s the luxury of experiencing two different things.
Read the book and watched the movie/Miniseries:
- To Kill a Mockingbird
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
I read this book years ago when I was still in high school and I have to admit when I picked it up again recently it was like reading a different thing. I guess my understanding then wasn’t the same and it was definitely a different experience. The recent read is what made me look for the movie and I loved them both. There are noticeable differences between the two of them firstly with the trial of Tom Robinson and his left arm. There are also some characters that do not appear in the movie but I didn’t find it lacking, just different.
- Fifty Shades of Grey
Can I just say the book didn’t piss me off as much as it did piss off too many people? At least not for the reasons they had. The thing that pissed me off about it was the number of times she said ‘Oh my’. It drove me nuts! But the story-line was different and daring and I liked that fact. There are freaks out there and they shouldn’t be shamed and made to feel like they are weird, they are just different.
The movie though was just minutes of awkwardness. I feel like the chemistry was just off between the two of them in so many of the scenes. And then the music placement? Ummm, a lot of awkward ones in there. I feel like the pressure of proving the book to be so much more than what people had dimmed it to be got to them while they were shooting and that’s why it didn’t come out right but they might do better in the next one.
- The Book of Negroes
“I concluded that no place in the world was entirely safe for an African, and that for many of us, survival depended on perpetual migration.”
One of my favorite books this year and I think you should pick it up if you haven’t. You can read my review on it here. There is a miniseries on it and it was amazing as much as it veered from the book a bit. It was a different angle especially towards the ending.
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
“A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags…”
This one was from my early teen’s days when all I thought was cool was shopping and living in a fancy city. I think I took my sister’s copy and made it my own and I can’t reread it today even if I was forced to. It was an okay book to read then but I am not sure I can read it now with the difference in fashion and still find it good. That goes for the movie as well. I tried re-watching it the other day and it ended up being background noise as I worked on other things.
- Me Before You
“Push yourself. Don’t Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE.”
One of my favorite reads in 2015 and I have to say the movie was good enough for me. They changed up some things but it was for the better. I feel like some of the things they took out needed to be done with and it worked well for the movie although I saw many people didn’t like it. I loved them both.
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
“You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
I know many people feel that the movie was bogus since it was nothing like the book but I love me some Audrey in this movie. It ended up being a love story when it wasn’t anything like that in the book. I honestly think they are two completely different things that just happen to have characters with the same names in them. That’s just my opinion. I enjoyed both of them and enjoyed analyzing the novella even more.
- The Fault in Our Stars
“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”
This book was one of my favorite reads from 2013 and the only book I have read by John Green. It was also the first ever Young Adult book I had ever read and I wasn’t really sure about it for a while. It stayed on my TBR list for quite some time before I decided to read it. I was definitely not expecting that at all. AT ALL! I have a thing about looking at the ratings and number of raters when picking books to read. When I do that, most of the time I do not bother with the reviews or even reading the blurb. Going in blind has always been my thing. And I sure as hell end up appreciating the book more for it.
I remember watching the movie and it still made me cry. I didn’t ugly cry the way I did at the end of the book but the fact that I could still feel the pain even when I knew what was going to happen says something.
- Gone Girl
“We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.”
Hey favorite psycho book! I loved this psycho chick so much it was worrying some of my friends and sisters. I mean, talk about committing to a revenge! The book drove me nuts but not as nuts as the ending in the movie. I mean come on! In the book the ending felt like maybe she would get punished for what she did but in the movie there was nothing pointing towards that because they removed the only character who could have questioned her innocence! But this was such a page turner for me and I have watched the movie one too many times. I love the psycho ones as much as I love the lovey-dovey ones.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
“I think that if I ever have kids, and they are upset, I won’t tell them that people are starving in China or anything like that because it wouldn’t change the fact that they were upset. And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.”
After I read and loved The Fault in Our Stars, this is the next young adult book I read but I only watched the movie recently. Some pretty solid stuff here. To be honest, the movie was better in my opinion. This does not mean the book was horrible but they did a great job bringing it to life.
- Love, Rosie
“I’ve learned that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.”
Well, the book’s title was Where Rainbow’s end and it might have been more inspiring than the movie. There were changes that made sense like with their correspondence and getting to see the iPhone messages popup on the screen. Why was Rosie’s sister omitted in the movie? But the casting was great, that’s the bonus.
Sam Claflin though. Watch the movie. Sam Claflin.