With so many YA books that have made their way onto the big screen in recent years, I know that movie adaptions can be a bit of an iffy topic for some people who either love them or hate them, especially if it’s a book that they really loved. But as someone who is a visual person, I’m in the love camp. Sure there are some book-to-movies that I can’t bare to watch because they was just so terrible adaptations, but for the most part I can usually find something that I loved from the book in the movie. And I love watching the process of a book I loved being made into a movie… which can sometimes be completely nerve wracking when they’re making casting choices or your dying to know if your fave scene/quote/part is going to make it into the movie, but it can also be so exciting as a reader watch the book and it’s characters and world come to life.
So here is my list of favourite YA book-to-movies:
The Harry Potter series: Harry Potter is probably the series that defines my late-childhood and teenage years. I saw the first movie for my 10th birthday and what followed was a love affair with JK Rowling’s world and characters as I read the books over and over and over again. I can clearly remember the release of each of the movies and going to see each of them for the first time, each special for different reasons. Nowadays, I probably re-watch the movies a few times a year. The Harry Potter characters feel like old friends to me, and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of re-watching them.
The Fault In Our Stars: I’ve only been able to watch this movie a few times because each of the times that I have watched it, I’ve sobbed the whole way through it. But it holds a special place in my heart, because it’s so perfectly adapted and captures the book so well that I can’t fault anything. And the two main actors capture Hazel and Gus perfectly, it feels like they are them.
The DUFF: I know a lot of people don’t like the movie adaption because there’s a lot of differences, but this is such a feel good movie for me and a good one to watch when I need a pick me up. Mae Whitman is hilarious and one of my favourite actors, and she always has me in fits of giggles. And I love that even though there are changes from the book, it keeps with the spirit of the book and the take-home-message of the what the DUFF means is still there.
If I Stay: If I Stay is one of my favourite books, and I love the movie just as much. The actors play Mia and Adam so beautifully and the way the feel of the story is captured so well. I especially love how well all the music – Mia’s and Adam’s – is incorporated into the movie, which I suppose it something that movies can do better generally.
The Spectacular Now: So this is one of the few book-to-movies where I actually didn’t read the book before seeing the movie, because I didn’t realise it was a book until after I’d seen it! But, I loved this one so much, and it’s actually one of my favourite movies of all time. It’s just so sweet and real and the actor just have such great chemistry together. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves coming-of-age teenage love stories, whether you’ve read it or not!
So tell me, what are some of your favourite book-to-movie adaptations?
Are there any book-to-movie’s that I NEED to see? And have you seen these ones? Did you like/love/hate them? Do you like book-to-movies in general as a book-lover or are you not a fan of them? Let’s chat in the comments!