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The Top 6 Movies That Were As Good As The Books, According To Our Readers

P.S. No spoilers ahead!
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Every bookworm would agree when we say that there’s a certain kind of magic you get from uncovering a new world in books. We let our imagination take over when we visualize every character, every chapter, and every unexpected plot twist. Relying on imagination, however, isn’t the only way to bring these books to life as many of our favorite stories have been translated from books to movies.

Countless film adaptations of novels exist in history, but to book enthusiasts’ dismay, not all of them have done justice to the original printed work. Dropping out characters, shifting the story arc, changing the ending—it’s rare to see the original novel interpreted detail for detail into the big screens.

There are some exceptions, though. There are films that actually *did* the OG work justice. Some would even say that the movie versions turned out even better than they imagined. We asked our readers for the films that they think were as good as the books, and here’s what they said! P.S. No spoilers ahead!

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Hunger Games

Genre: Dystopian Fiction

Katniss Everdeen volunteers as District 12’s tribute to replace her younger sister Primrose during the 74th Hunger Games. The first book was published in 2008 by author Suzanne Collins. Two more novels were published in 2009 (Catching Fire) and 2010 (Mockingjay) to make a trilogy for the series. Two years after the last book Mockingjay was published, the film adaptation for the first novel was released starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. The film receive countless nominations and awards back in 2012 and 2013 including the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and Teen Choice Awards.

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Harry Potter

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Possibly one of the most beloved and successful books-turned-movies is the seven-part Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in 1997 while the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, was published in 2007.

The first movie, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, came out in 2001. The eight films in the franchise (the movie based on the last book was split into two parts) have seen four directors at the helm—Chris Columbus for the first two movies, Alfonso Cuaron for third movie, Mike Newell for the fourth, and David Yates for the last four installments. Initially though, the first movie was supposedly offered to Steven Spielberg who wanted to combine the books and turn it into one animated film. Could you imagine not having Daniel and Co. play the iconic roles of the golden trio?

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A Walk To Remember

Genre: Romance

The popular 1999 book by romance novelist Nicholas Sparks was adapted into a film three years after its publication, which also gained widespread support from film and romance enthusiasts. The movie starred Shane West as Landon Carter and Mandy Moore as Jamie Sullivan, which served as her breakout role.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Genre: Young Adult, Romance

After seeing Lana Condor endearingly portray of Lara Jean Covey and Noah Centineo perfectly fill in the shoes of Peter Kavinsky, Netflix saw the film adaptation of Jenny Han’s 2014 novel of the same name as one of its most successful original films yet. The film, as well as the cast, grew popular overnight. People even experienced a Yakult shortage after viewers saw the scene where LJ’s sister offered Peter the drink disguised as a “Korean yogurt smoothie.”

Twilight

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

The Twilight Saga was a popular young adult novel series that also received worldwide attention as a film. The first book of the four-part series, Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer was published in 2005 while the last book, Breaking Dawn, was released in 2008. 

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The film franchise, with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson playing the main characters, also received box office success especially for the second film, New Moon, which put the entire film series at the level of success achieved by the Harry Potter and the the Lord of the Rings series.

The Fault In Our Stars

Genre: Young Adult

While the film adaptation of John Green's 2012 novel has a couple of missing scenes and minor characters, it still received positive reviews from viewers and critics alike. The portrayals of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, respectively, were also highly commended.

Coincidentally, the two co-stars who played on-screen lovers in TFIOS also appeared in another book-turned-movie together: this time as siblings Tris Prior and Caleb Prior in the film version of Veronica Roth's novel Divergent

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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