Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, there is a certain theme assigned where you have to try to list ten for that category. For more information, visit their page here.

June 7: Reasons You Love _____

This week’s topic really caught my eye, since it was so open-ended. There are so many things I love it was hard to choose! I ended up selecting “book-to-movie adaptations” because I have so much to say about them.

1. the anticipation

This may sound strange, but I actually love the anticipation that comes while waiting for a new book or movie to release. I love counting down the days or seeing how close I am to reading or watching something I am excited for!

2. Extremely Accurate Screenplays

One of the best things for me when it comes to movie adaptations is when the author writes the screenplay. When you are sitting in the theater and you hear the exact same lines you read, it is just a really neat experience.

3. Similarities

While watching a book-to-movie adaptation, it is always fun to spot the similarities. Movies could go in any direction, so it is cool to see you favorite scene or character included.

4. Differences

Differences–the thing that sparks the most arguments about book to movie adaptations. Sometimes the movie will take a different path than the book, and sometimes it can lead to something great or something awful. I always enjoy seeing how the movie has a unique story to itself, because it is impossible to dully translate a book to a movie.

5. Gives Characters a Face

I am extremely bad at picturing characters while I am reading, so seeing other’s interpretations of the character is always helpful. There are times were if I see pictures or a trailer of the movie, I will imagine the characters that way. Also, I love when characters I pictured look exactly how I thought they would. For example, Daniel Radcliffe does not play Harry Potter–he truly is Harry Potter to me!! 😀

6. Helps Visualize the Setting

This is for books that have specific settings of places I haven’t been. When reading The Fault in Our Stars, I couldn’t picture Amsterdam the best. But after watching the movie, I now know what the Anne Frank House and the restaurant looked like in the book,

7. The Hype 

Seeing one of your beloved books getting the attention it deserves is a great feeling. When a book is announced to become a movie, while there are some that will just watch the movie, many will also read the book. In the end they all are enjoying the same story you love.

8. Picking Up Small Details

Sometimes, the movie producers throw in small Easter eggs for us readers. To someone hasn’t read the book, they wouldn’t notice these details. However, when we see them,  we get completely giddy.

I personally love movies that are really accurate and adapt the book as best as possible. These adaptations can be a total hit or complete flop (looking at you Percy Jackson, Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, etc.) Here are some of my absolute favorite recent book to movie adaptations.

Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1) Paper Towns

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Book to Movie Adaptations

  1. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    I love your topic! I also really love book-to-movie adaptations, even if they diverge from the books. I think it’s just a different way to tell a story — sometimes it’s better, sometimes it’s not. I especially love seeing the setting come to life, especially if it’s a non-contemporary book we’re talking about. 🙂

  2. Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks says:

    This is a great post! I’m always anxious about book to movie adaptations, I have to admit it, but despite this, the anticipation is real. I’m scared to be disappointed, but I also CAN’T wait to see what the story is going to be come on the big screen 😀

  3. gotmybook2 says:

    The 2nd Percy Jackson was particularly horrible. They threw in so many totally random and unrelated things while leaving out the best parts of the book. Interestingly enough, I didn’t mind Ella Enchanted despite the fact that went a completely different direction.

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    • Find Me at the Library says:

      The Percy Jackson movies are horrendous. I don’t mind if they steer in a different direction, such as Ella Enchanted, and it’s good. However, the PJO movies were in a different direction and absolutely awful.

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