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!
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.
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?
A Walk To Remember
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.”
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.
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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