Finding out your favorite childhood books are being made into movies can have one of two reactions. One, utter excitement or two, a major groan because they will definitely ruin your childhood. Either way, books being adapted to movies have been extremely popular recently. Here are just a few of these movies you may not have known were books first!
Ramona and Beezus
Written by Beverly Cleary, the Ramona book series tells the tales of Ramona and her older sister Beezus (Beatrice) Quimby. Just as in the movie, Ramona is a young quirky girl who is always finding herself in odd predicaments due to her vivid imagination.
My personal favorite books as a kid, the Judy Moody series was brought to the big screen in 2011. Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer tells the story of third grader Judy on her adventures to have the best summer ever! Written by Megan McDonald, these adorable books are full of fun including a secret club, Judy's brother named Stink and a bunch of odd collections are a great read for younger kids! Although no more movies have been made there are certainly more books in the series!
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Imagine your kid comes home from class and tells you that their fourth grade teacher read them a book about 3 orphans whose parents died in a fire. My mom wasn't too fond of the idea either but the series became one of my favorites after just a few books! The first 3 of Lemony Snicket's 13 book series were mashed up into 1 movie in 2004. Starring Jim Carrey as the sinister Count Olaf, the movie failed to live up to readers' expectations. Future remakes of the movies could prove to be great as long as they do each book individually and stick to the major plot details.
Pretty much any Roald Dahl book
For the sake of this article not going on and on and on I've bunched together all Roald Dahl books. If you are not familiar with his works you should definitely read them, regardless of your age! Dahl's titles such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and James and the Giant Peach have all made it to the big screen and have certainly been successful! Steven Spielberg is set to direct a reboot of Dahl's The BFG in the year 2016 and Matilda is now a Broadway show!
How to Train Your Dragon
Cressida Cowell's incredible series was brought to the big screen in 2010 and 2014. Seeing these movies definitely brought back some childhood memories from reading this incredible series! Hiccup and Toothless basically melted our hearts in the first movie. Even though things get a little more serious in the second film, the bond between the two characters is extremely touching and beautiful!
What do you think?
It is always nice to see our childhood favorites being brought to the big screen but these movies don't always meet our expectations. What makes some book to movie adaptations better than others? Let me know what you think in the comments!