Many popular books have been made into movies in the past, but not all, in my personal opinion, have turned out successfully. I have decided to write an article on the best book into film adaptations. I'm going to give my opinion on the book and movie as well, deciding which one I prefer. I'm a huge reader, and a huge movie lover, so I have read and watched so many different kinds of books and their movie adaptations.
1. The Mazerunner (Series)
A more recent movie adaptation from the hit series by James Dashner, [The Maze Runner](tag:575895) describes the story of a group of children that are trapped inside of a maze. It begins with the arrival of Thomas (the main character) into a strange community of boys, trapped inside the center of a terrifying maze, almost impossible to escape from. One day, however, a girl arrives (the first one) bringing a message that the boys must make it out of the maze alive. The movie came out 2014, and in my opinion turned out to be great! I thought that it had a great cast, with Dylan O'Brien and Kaya Scodelario. I thought that the movie greatly replicated the book, and added as many parts as it could fit into a 2 hour film. Most often I am the first to argue that books are usually greater than the movie, only because it is so difficult to fit the entire book into such a short film, but in this case I feel that there was an exception. The movie was jam-packed with adventure and excitement, whereas I felt that the book was a little lengthy, especially in the beginning, and not as great as the movie. I believe that the book had a great storyline, but it was more difficult to picture it all in your head, and the movie brought the storyline to life. overall the movie was just more entertaining, and I would choose the movie adaptation over the book, in this particular case.
2. Divergent (Series)
Another young adult series, [Divergent](tag:593270) by Veronica Roth, was recently adapted into a movie as well. Divergent describes the story of a girl named Tris, that lives in a community that is divided into four factions based upon characteristics. When they turn 16, they take an "aptitude" test to discover which faction they would fit best into, and then they take place in a "choosing ceremony" where they get to choose which faction they want to spend the rest of their life in. When Tris is given two factions she fits best into after taking the test, she realizes that she is divergent, and therefore considered a danger to the community. She then takes off on the adventure of a lifetime, at first trying to hide her divergence and then running after she realizes that she is in serious trouble when the leader of a faction begins to hunt down and kill divergent people. I really enjoyed the movie, but I would have to argue that the book was better.
3. The Hunger Games (Series)
One of my favorite YA series, [The Hunger Games](tag:44466) by Suzanne Collins has had three movies released already, and a fourth one on the way. The cast is composed of great stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, as well as a great set. It is entertaining and full of exciting adventure, making it difficult to look away for even a second. I would say that I believe the book series is better, however, because it is wonderfully written and the story of Katniss Everdeen growing up in district 12, and being sent to the Hunger Games (where two people from each of the twelve districts battles to the death to win food for themselves and their starving districts) was really difficult to replicate on screen.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
An amazing book and movie about a young freshmanwho is guided by two creative and intelligent seniors, teaching him about what is truly important in life. He learns how to facethe issues that he has stored up inside ofhimself, while falling in love and discovering the evil and good inside most people. He witnesses so much bad, making him question the good, and ultimatelycomes to the conclusion that participating in life is necessary for happiness. One of my favorite quotes from the novel and movie is,
This quote sums up the entire book and movie, and accurately describes why so many people in the novel are treated awfully, and yet they accept it. You need to first realize your importance, and then you will surround yourself with people that realize it too. I would argue that the movie was better then the book, because they took out some parts that I believed did not flow so well with the story, and all of the actors did an outstanding job. Emma Watson, LoganLermen, and Ezra Miller made the movie captivating, and were truly amazing as their parts.
5. The Help
A super funny and inspiring film about women living in a small town, and one woman in particular shaking things up. Skeeter, a recent college graduate with dreams of becoming a writer, decides to interview the black women that work for the white families of this small town in the 1960s. She gets an inside look of what their work and life is like, and contributes to helping them take a stand for their community. I loved the book, but I would have to say that the movie was definitely better. With Emma Stone and Viola Davis, the storyline of the book came to life,- creating empathy and allowing emotion to be attached to particular characters.
6. The Great Gatsby
Another classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald , [The Great Gatsby](tag:44460) is an incredibly story of a man who moves into an extremely wealthy neighborhood during the 1920s. He moves next door to the glorious and extravagant Mr. Gatsby, who throws elaborate parties to showcase his wealth. Gatsby is in love with Daisy, the cousin, although she is married, and Nick watches him as he deals with this. It is a tale of deceit as well as awful tragedy, but it is a definite wonder of a film. I would vote that the movie was better, as it depicted the plot wonderfully and Leonardo Dicaprio executed the role of Gatsby amazingly.
7. Twilight (Series)
[The Twilight Saga](tag:3441343) is a four book long series, and the movie counterparts made tons of money. It is the vampire romance story of Bella, a high-school student that moves to live with her dad in a small town in Washington, from sunny Arizona. She then falls in love with a vampire, and her best friend turns out to be a werewolf. It is an interesting YA series that includes four lengthy books and movies, and was a very popular series a few years ago. I would have to say that the movies were better, with Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson bringing the characters to life. The backdrop for the film was really amazing, and the character development was wonderful throughout the series.
8. The Giver
#TheGiver is an amazing book, that I have read 3 times, and was recently adapted into a feature film. It is the tale of a boy named Jonah, who grows up in a community that is futuristic and emotionless. They have no color, no music, and they are partnered up for marriage based upon their characteristics. When they reach a certain age they are given a job, and Jonah is given the job of "Receiver". The "Giver" is an old man who was once the reciever, and now his job is to pass on the memories of the community's past. These are the painful, the sad, and terrifying memories that are too much for this emotionless community to handle, so they store them inside of one person. These, however, are the joyful, the kind, fun memories as well; the color and flavor of an interesting past. You can't have just one, you have to either live with both the pain and the joy or hide them both away. [The Giver](tag:723657) reminds us that we must endure both the sadness and the happiness that comes with life in order to enjoy it to the absolute fullest. It is an emotional, and wonderful story, and the movie executed it well. I would, however, have to choose the book over the movie, only because Louis Lowry's beautiful writing is very difficult to replicate in a film.
9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Series)
A funny, interesting story of four women who are great friends and share a pair of jeans which they send to each other when they are not together. This pair of pants is supposedly lucky, and we get to travel with all of the girls, getting to be a part of their individual stories and lives, traveling with the pants over their summer break as they go their separate ways. I would argue that the book was definitely better because you needed more information than the movie provided to fully understand the characters in depth.
10. Where the Wild Things Are
This is a famous children's book, well known and loved by many. It is the story of a little boy who leaves home when he is feeling very unhappy due to the fact that he is constantly scolded for being so misbehaving, and enters a world of the "wild things". He becomes their king, only to realize that it is not as easy as he would have imagined, and is in fact more lonely then he ever would have believed. It is a lovely story that captures the innocence and imagination that every child has. I would have to say that the book was better, however, because the illustrations were the most amazing things, and the movie was not as feel-good as I would have hoped it to be.
11. The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (Series)
A wonderful series about four English children that are sent away to a country house during World War II in order to be safe. Then one day, while playing hide-and-seek, the youngest one discovers a secret passage to another world through the closet. This wonderful story sparks imagination and creativity in all, and is truly a gem of a series. I truly believe that the movies series was better, however, because of the color and life that the imagery and setting brings to the plot. It is an amazing movie series.
All in all, there were five books that were considered better, and six movies that were considered better, meaning that overall the very close battle ended with the winner being movies! Hope that you enjoyed this article, and make sure to respond to the follow-up question below.