So, for this week Becky and I both compiled our favorite and least favorite book-to-movie-adaptations! I was supposed to do 5 of each, but I did 6 favorites and 4 least favorites instead, sorry Becky! See what you agree and disagree with below!
My Favorites (in no particular order):
- The Kissing Booth – This Netflix movie is absolutely adorable and actually inspired me to buy the book. Is it cheesy? Absolutely. But it’s also just really pleasant to watch and I have watched it multiple times feeling no remorse.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I actually think they did a pretty good job with both the casting and bringing the book to life with this one. Plus the soundtrack is pretty great, too.
- If I Stay – So, obviously, the book is always better, but this one is pretty close to the actual book. I also adore the cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today“.
- Love, Simon – I was so weary of this movie because the book is just so perfect, but I smiled throughout the entire movie, I’m pretty sure. They did such a good job, and Simon’s parents? OMG, perfect.
- To Kill a Mockingbird – We read this book in my class, and the kids are always pleasantly surprised with how much they like the movie. Of course they’re always frustrated with the things that are left out (and Dill’s clothing), but overall they enjoy it, and I just love Gregory Peck.
- Midnight Sun – I might actually like the movie better than the book with this one. It’s not cinematic gold or anything, but the book was just okay for me. But in the movie, I cried like an absolute baby. Rob Riggle did a nice job playing a serious role in this one.
My Least Favorites:
- Twilight – COME ON. The books are incredible and yet they get such a bad rap because of the movies. The movies make Edward out to be so creepy and in the books he’s probably the most romantic and dreamy character I’ve ever encountered. I don’t even dislike the cast; in fact, I think they’re pretty amazing, but the movies are just so bad. Don’t get me wrong, I still watch them every time they do a marathon weekend, but if I didn’t binge read the books in 4 days, I wouldn’t have the same tolerance for the movies.
- Divergent – I can’t see Shailene Woodley in anything and take her seriously, because she’s always going to be Amy Juergens from The Secret Life of the American Teeenager to me. The acting in that show was so bad that it’s turned me off from her forever. She did OKAY in TFIOS, but the Divergent series came up short for me.
- The Hunger Games – another unpopular opinion, but the books trump the movies so intensely that I don’t think I even finished watching the series. Book Peeta is so much better than movie Peeta.
- Before I Fall – this one wasn’t actually terrible, but I think the book lacks popularity and therefore the movie got no hype whatsoever. No one knows about that book or the movie, and they’re both pretty good.
Be sure to check out Becky’s picks on her blog!