TTT: Book to Film Adaptations
10 November 2015 24 Comments
Books and films. I love them both, but when it comes to film adaptations of books, i’m often left feeling disappointed. When I can, and when I know a film is an adaptation, I prefer to read the book first. I’ve even put off watching a film for years to allow myself the time to get around to reading the book first (or, in the case of I Am Legend, decided not to bother with the film at all)!
I’m splitting this top ten into two top fives, because the only film adaptations subject I could get ten answers on, was films I haven’t and don’t want to see, which isn’t that much fun to write about. So, two sets of five it is.
Five film adaptations I still need to watch
Much Ado About Nothing – I only recently read this, even though i’ve had the DVD of the Joss Whedon adaptation on my shelf for months. I might get around to it before 2016!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – I read this in 2011 and wanted to watch the film immediately afterwards, but still haven’t been able to face it. I know–i know–i’ll end up in tears by the end. I’ve managed to put myself off for four years and counting…
The Day of the Triffids – I think i’m putting this one off because I know it won’t be anywhere near as good as the book. I think it’s one of those times where I want to watch the film to hold on to the book a bit longer. (And hey, if it’s awful, it’s just an excuse to re-read the book!)
The Hobbit – I was putting this off until the third film came out, so I could watch them all at once. I still haven’t bothered. This is one I know i’ll moan about, because how can he split the slim Hobbit book into three films, but ram the lengthier Lord of the Rings trilogy into one film each!? Money grabbing bastard.
Hunger Games: Mockingjay – I’m really, really looking forward to a double-bill of part one and two. As much as I prefer the books, these films are perfectly entertaining and action packed.
Five films I have watched but wish I hadn’t
The Maze Runner – With the book having a great story but poor writing, I had had high hopes for the film bringing the the world to life and really enjoying it. I was sorely disappointed. The film was, somehow, far worse than the book.
The Haunting (1999) – I love The Haunting of Hill House and its 1963 film adaptation. The 1999 film, however, is terrible and all but unrecognisable to the book.
Girl, Interrupted – I’m not even sure I made it all the way through to the end of this film. It bored me. I read the book year later, and didn’t like it any better.
Gone Girl – While well made, this film suffers from what most decent adaptations from books do… missing details. It didn’t give you the full picture surrounding Amy’s relationship with Nick, or the situation with Desi. It made things much more black and white, making Amy the unquestionable villain, rather then the morally grey she is in the book.
The Shining – I saw this film a few years before I read the book, and I never really liked it. I say that as a life-long fan of horror films. It just felt like it was trying too hard. When I did read the book, it terrified me. Book > film is a less popular opinion in this case, I think, but it’s one I share with Stephen King!