Although I am more of a book person than a film person, I do have some favourite book to film adaptations. There is nothing better than a book-to-film adaptation that does the book justice as well. I have collated six of my favourite book to film adaptations, you can find them below:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fizgerald. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books of all time so when I heard that there was going to be a film adaptation I was excited but also really worried. I was not disappointed…Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby so well and I loved the film. I love the 1920s era, and all of the opulence and grandeur that is so prominent in the book is transported onto the screen. You need to watch this film…but read the book first!
Divergent by Veronica Roth. Directed by Neil Burger.
Divergent is one of those films that I can just watch over and over again. I finally read the book last month and I was not disappointed! It is honestly one of the closest book to film adaptations I have ever watched, and I enjoyed how they stuck to the plot. I personally feel that Shailene Woodley plays Tris really well and I also loved Theo James as Four! They really brought the characters to life and I would recommend both the book and the film if you love YA Dystopias.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Directed by Gary Ross.
On a similar note, I really enjoyed The Hunger Games book and the film. Although Catching Fire is my favourite film out of the franchise, I did like the first film. I wrote an essay on The Hunger Games book (as you can tell from how my book spine is broken!) and read it many times. I think they followed the plot from the book pretty well and I loved the cinematic shots, especially those of the forest and during the games! This is another YA Dystopia I would recommend.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Directed by Stephen Chbosky.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was one of those books that I read as a teenager that really stuck with me. Charlie is such a relatable character in so many ways and he comes alive (literally and metaphorically) in the film adaptation. I think that Logan Lerman played the role of Charlie really well and the film further explores the themes of adolescence that are really important in shaping us as people. I am definitely in need of a re-read of this book soon!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Directed by Chris Columbus.
There is something really magical about watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and hearing the words “You’re a wizard Harry!”. It is such an endearing film, apart from the parts involving he who must not be named and I think that the cinematic shots work really well with bringing Hogwarts to life!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
This is my favourite Harry Potter film and I loved the book too. I have never read the full HP series before but I am making my way through them now and I am enjoying them. There is just something about the film that reminds me of cold autumn nights, its just such a cosy film series and I am looking forward to re-watching them all this autumn/winter!
Thank you for reading, I would love to hear your favourite book to film adaptations in the comments!