I’m basically extra sure that there is an unwritten law that one must READ THE BOOK FIRST when it comes to book-to-movie adaptions. I try. I do. But even I, flawless and fabulous as I am, sometimes slip up and see the movie first.
I prefer to read the book first because after a movie, it’s harder to imagine things for oneself.
But at the same tiiiiime…I won’t deny: sometimes seeing the movie has inspired me to go read the book!
So, whilst I am spending this week pointing out my great failings (gawsh, I’m being humble aren’t I? Enjoy it. It won’t last), I shall be listing movies I’ve seen before reading the book! THE SHAME.
(Unfortunately the Top Ten Tuesday prompt is actually nothing like this and I’m twisting it astronomically. BUT I’M A REBEL. Rebels do what they want.)
This Week’s Prompt:
Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch or haha…whatever
In case you didn’t know…I’M MILDLY ENTHUSIASTICALLY IN LOVE WITH CASSANDRA CLARE’S BOOKS. But once upon a time, I tried to read City of Bones and went…”Meh, no.” I believe I read 2 paragraphs and it was thick and I’m weak at heart. But. After watching the movie I quickly re-evaluated my life choices. So this movie actually started me as a Shadowhunter fan! GO MOVIE.
(Also, I adore this movie. I think Jamie Campbell Bower is the perfect Jace. I’m very skeptical of the upcoming Shadowhunter TV show…)
I, like most humans who roam the planet, am horrified that the first Percy Jackson movie even exists. HOW DID THEY MANGLE IT SO?! But let’s talk about the Sea of Monsters! It was still…erm, not like the books. But I actually liked it! I’ve even rewatched it (and I’m a notorious never-rewatcher-of-movies) and you cannot look me in the eye and say Luke wasn’t everything. Because he is fabulous.
Least to say…watching it inspired me to go read the rest of the Percy Jackson books. Now here I am — HAVING READ 12 RIORDAN BOOKS — a dedicated little fangirl.
3. THE HELP
This is one of my favourite movies of ALL TIME. The sass! The writing! The fried chicken! JUST YES! It only occurred to me recently to even try reading the book. And just so you know, the book is spectacular.
I actually prefer this movie better to the book. It stars
tiny Peeta Josh Hutcherson and tiny alien Sara Annasophia Robb and basically was my favourite thing as a small human. I remember going to the cinemas to see it with the family. We had no idea. NO IDEA.
Us: Let’s go see a fun family movie about kids in a magical kingdom!
Us: *exiting cinema sobbing grossly* THAT WAS NOT OKAY.
I tried for this one. I really did. My family yelled, “WE’RE WATCHING THIS COME WATCH IT NOW.” And I screeched back like the panicked bookworm about to commit a horrific felony, “I HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET! WE CAN’T! STOP EVERYTHING!” They ignored me. Cruel fiends.
But it’s like the most AMAZING book to movie adaption in the universe. So I forgive my family. (Kind of me.) The movie is just gorgeously done.
I still haven’t read the book!! But I have seen the Princess Bride movie COUNTLESS times. I can quote it back to front and inside out. There is basically no circumstance in ever that cannot be answered with a Princess Bride quote.
NO I’M NOT. I’LL PROVE. For example:
Sister: Stop being mean to me.
Me: LIFE IS PAIN. ANYONE WHO SAYS DIFFERENTLY IS SELLING SOMETHING.
Sister: Pass the gravy.
Me: I know something you don’t.
Me: I AM NOT LEFT-HANDED. *throws gravy with right hand*
This is like a childhood classic…yet my childhood was NOT graced by Roald Dahl until I was about 15. But it proves how timeless his books are, because I loved them so much anyway. Also the movie — if you have not Matilda’ed in your life, you need to Matilda immediately.
8. MARY POPPINS
Maybe I’m deluded but…I didn’t know this was a book until this year. I KNOW, RIGHT? Shame on me. But please, don’t read the book. PLEASE. Just keep the happy Disneyfied movie in your head and sing A Spoonful of Sugar and prance around snapping your fingers merrily.
Because the book-version of Mary Poppins is a CRUEL EVIL WOMAN. She’s malicious and nasty and rude and abuses the children and…excuse me. I need a moment to mourn for my lost childhood after reading the horrific book. If you want to read the depths of my despair, I reviewed it.
Also I’m just going to leave this here…
This is one of the most beautiful movies. Seriously. It’s just gorgeous. All France and clockworks and trains and snow. I ADORE IT BECAUSE VISUALS. It also stars
tiny Boy in the striped pyjamas Asa Butterfield and tiny Mia from If I Stay Chloe Grace Mortez. And they are fabulous. And I love this movie, okay? Again, I didn’t realise it was a book until afterwards. And better yet: THE BOOK HAS PICTURES. I highly recommend both. (But the movie is…dare I say it? Come closer and I’ll just whisper it in your ear…the movie is better.)
(By the by, does anyone else refer to actors by a well-known part? Because who says things like “Johnny Depp is in this movie…if you can say Jack Sparrow is in this movie. Whether he’s Sparrowing or not. Am I right here??)
10. THE HOBBIT
OH DEAR. This is the moment where I say, I have only read one Tolkien book and rather hated it. But. I do have plans to read The Hobbit (audio, maybe?) someday. I like the first Hobbit movie. But, now keep your hairy Hobbit feet calm, I actually think these movies are quite, erm, boring. I think they’re beautiful! And I think the acting and music scores are incredible. BUT THEY’RE 3 HOURS AND THAT’S TOO MUCH. Particularly since there’s 3 movies for one little tiny kids book. Sheesh. But these movies did give us Thranduil and that is something to be eternally grateful for.