10 Best (and Worst) Film Adaptations

Hey look, it’s actually Tuesday and not Thursday! So this Tuesday’s topic is on film/movie adaptations of books; always a touchy subject. I decided to do a little combo of the best and the worst.

WARNING: This post contains strong language.

Movies I Want to High Five:

Matilda
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Quite possibly the most perfect book-to-movie adaptation ever. I still watch this ANY time it comes on.

The Lord of the Rings (entire series)
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These were epic, I don’t care what anyone says.

Little Women (1994)
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I could cry right now just THINKING about this movie. One of my favorite books of all time, one of my favorite movies of all time.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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All of the Harry Potter movies were pretty fantastic, in my opinion, but this one really stood out. Excellent transition from book to movie. Again, both are one of my favorites of all time.

Howl’s Moving Castle
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Oh Miyazaki, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. #647: BADASS imagining in the form of a movie of a BADASS book.

Harriet the Spy
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Does anyone even remember this movie? It was so good! I can remember creeping around my neighborhood trying to spy on people with my little notebook.

Movies I Want to High Five IN THE FACE:

Beastly
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Vanessa Hudgens? Mary-Kate Olsen? And the boy that actually looks like a beast without the makeup? OH WAIT. Hmm. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE CBS/ALLIANCE FILMS. No, no I fucking don’t. Just no.

Twilight/New Moon
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Ok, look. You people have it all backwards. It was the BOOKS that sucked, all but this one. And almost the opposite happened with the movies. Twilight was so painful I could never fully rewatch it but New Moon broke my freaking heart. My favorite book of the entire, stupid, awfully written series and they went and fucked up the movie by focusing on CRAP instead of highlight the beauty of the one book in the series worth reading. FAIL.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
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These books are some of the best I’ve ever read but unfortunately this movie was bunk. FANTASTIC casting, DREADFUL screenwriting/execution. I really wish someone would go back and do this over – and get it right this time.

I Am Number Four
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Train wreck. That’s all I can say.

Beautiful Creatures
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WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING??? THEY FUCKING RUINED THIS MOVIE. THESE BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING BOOKS AND THEY RUINED THEM! SCRATCH! IN BROAD DAYLIGHT! This is by far THE WORST BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATION I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. The people behind this movie should be fucking ashamed.

Yeah yeah yeah, I cheated and did 11. I couldn’t decide!

So, how do we compare?

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23 Comments

    • Shannon

      I have a review of it scheduled too! I’ll wait until I finish mine and then I’ll read yours, lol. I hope it’s nice and ranty!

  1. ☆★☆ (@skyspun)

    I was SO excited that Beautiful Creatures was coming to the theater. …and then I saw it. And now I won’t ever be able to get it out of my head. TRAGEDY.

    • Shannon

      I KNOW, RIGHT??! It seriously broke my freaking heart.

    • Shannon

      I know, it has been fun seeing other people’s picks! This was a really awesome TTT.

  2. Christina

    I’ve never seen or read Beautiful Creatures but your comments cracked me up. I’m officially a fan of you and your blog!

    In other news, great list! I wish I would have remember Little Women. Love it!

    • Shannon

      You should totally read the books – they are great. But yeah, don’t waste your time on the movie. It was a DNF for me. The hubby left it going but I stopped paying attention and started reading about halfway through. DREADFUL.

  3. Erin Albert Books

    Never seen Beautiful Creatures, and I don’t plan to see it either.

    I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Little Women (book and movie). In high school, I played Meg though I really wanted to play Jo. ;)

    • Shannon

      Good! What a waste of time.

      That is too awesome! I wish we had had a Little Women play when I was in high school…totally jelly.

      • Erin Albert Books

        LOL on both comments!

        I thought I Am Number 4 the book was ok to good, but the subsequent books have gotten better. :)

        • Shannon

          YES, they most certainly have!

  4. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    YES! Lord of the Rings is amazing! All 9 hours of it, lol. I could watch those movies all day, every day and never be tired of it. Beastly was freaking dreadful…and I have a small spot in my heart for the Unfortunate Events movie. It wasn’t the best and I hate that it bombed, but the series was amazing and like you said the casting was fantastic.

    • Shannon

      I used to watch Lord of the Rings ALL THE TIME. I’m surprised I didn’t burn myself out on it! I too have a small spot in my heart for Unfortunate Events…it could have been so epic but it just didn’t make it there. :(

  5. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    I haven’t watched Beautiful Creatures yet but was the movie just on the 1st book or all of the books in the series? I haven’t read any of the Unfortunate Events book but I’ve seen the movie and thought it was okay.. that’ll probably change when I read the book though.

    Leigh
    Little Book Star

    • Shannon

      I honestly don’t know what it was on because they took so many liberties with the storyline. It’s awful. Just do yourself a favor and DON’T watch it. As for Unfortunate Events, it will DEFINITELY change when you read the books. I mean, the movie wasn’t BAD per se, it was just so unfortunately not as good as the books were. :(

    • Shannon

      Thanks Chelsea! I wasn’t wild about I Am Number Four (the book) but each book in the after seems to get better and better so I think it’s gonna end up being a really good series.

  6. Leanne

    YES! Finally someone that loathes that whole Twilight series as much as I do. I was starting to feel like the weirdo of the YA world. I mean HOW BAD was that writing?

    Also: I love love love Matilda, and all of the Lord of the Rings movies, and all of the Harry Potter movies. I have not read the books for any of them. :x I actually watched all the Lord of the Rings movies back to back one day when I had way too much free time, and the same with most of the Harry Potter movies.

    I knew not to watch Beautiful Creatures just from watching the trailer. It looks like Twilight with witches, maybe even worse. :(

    • Shannon

      “Bad” doesn’t even begin to describe how awful the writing in the Twilight series was. Which is sad, because then she wrote The Host and that’s one of my favorite books ever. I haven’t seen the movie yet…I really hope they didn’t fuck it up too.

      YOU SHOULD REALLY READ THE HARRY POTTER SERIES. I’ve reads hundreds – thousands of books, and that is still to this day the best series I’ve ever read in my entire life. So, get on that.

      • Leanne

        I KNOW. I just finally marked HP as to-read. How it wasn’t on there before I have NO IDEA. I almost wanted to hit myself when I saw that, actually. I’ve watched those movies so many times I’m surprised I didn’t break my DVDs. Cutest and most magical things ever. So I will totally pick up the first book soon and start reading through the series. Shame on me for not having done so sooner!

        Since we’re talking best-ever-read series, for me it’s Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. How he managed to put out so much epic content when his wildly popular other series (Dresden Files) makes me want to claw my eyes out, I have no idea. It’s like two different authors between those series. If you’re ever in the mood for some adult high fantasy with epic battles, excellent world building, characters to make your heart hurt you love them so much, political intrigue, and elemental magic like you’ve never quite seen before, you should give it a try. Books 3, 4, and 5 were my favorites but they are all fantastic (all 6 of them).

  7. Kelley

    Yeahhh HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE!! My favorite movie ever, and one of my favorite books ever!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Okay, now that I'm done fangirling. Yes, I agree with you about Beastly. I still can't believe I let my friend talk me into seeing that movie!! Also, yeah, Beautiful Creatures was pretty disappointing too. :(

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