Books vs. Movies

So I’ve been thinking lately about all the books I’ve read and a lot of them have been adapted into films. In most cases I try to read the books first but sometimes I get stubborn and I’m not inclined to read until I’ve seen and enjoyed the film.

There are so many different connotations, good and bad, surrounding books being turned into movies. I even came across a quote on Pinterest that read, “Don’t judge a book by its movie.” While it may seem a bit extreme, I think that a movie adaption of a very well received book is the type of thing that can make or break a franchise. There is always a lot of pressure to make the film as amazing as possible when the book has cultivated such a huge fan base. Sometimes Hollywood gets it very right, but sadly there have been times when they didn’t do as well as everyone had hoped.

Some movie adaptions I think have done particularly well are Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Hunger Games franchise – these movies always have me on the edge of my seat, Harry Potter of course, The Great Gatsby (the 1974 version), Something Borrowed (in my opinion  the movie was much better than the book), and of course The Fault in our Stars. I have left out Twilight for one reason; while I enjoyed the books very much during the height of their popularity, and I religiously dragged my family to the midnight movie premiers, I have grown to question a lot of the reasons I liked the books. Yes, I’m definitely a sucker for romance and Edward seemed like the perfect man at the time, but now that I am older and a bit more experienced in the romance department, I realize just how strange the relationships between the characters are. I recognize that Twilight was a huge phenomenon and may still have a large fan base so I will not discount its success. I will simply say that it is no longer high up on my list of amazing adaptions.

It is so hard to pick a favorite among so many fantastic stories, but I think the one that resonates with me the most is The Fault in our Stars. I’ve ranted about how much I love this book before so I won’t go too far into it, but in my opinion at least, this movie stayed so true to the book and the chemistry between the actors was so real and beautiful. I don’t think I could have cried any harder in the theater if I’d tried. I just really enjoyed this story the most. Call me sappy!

Anyway, I’d love to hear everyone else’s favorites, so if you read my little blog please feel free to comment. Let’s get a discussion going! 🙂