Jul 3, 2014

Thoughts on Thursday #1: Book and Movie Adaptations

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Thoughts on Thursday is a weekly meme hosted here at, Little Bookworm Reviews. 

So I thought for my first discussion for Thoughts on Thursday, I would talk about book to movie adaptations. They are pretty big right now since The Fault In Our Stars just came out a couple of weeks ago and If I Stay is being made into one.

    If I Stay (2014) Poster

I have one rule before going to watch a movie that was originally a book. I must have read the book first. My friends think this rule is ridiculous but I like to know what was going through the character's mind during a certain scene. Some people like to watch the movie first but I feel that you get more insight from the book and less is ruined for you if you read the book first.

I did watch My Sister's Keeper before reading the book because the book was checked out at the local library and I already had the movie. I did like the movie better because it's ending was slightly happier. This was the only exception and I did feel slightly cheated out of somethings since the movie did ruin the book for me.

When it comes to me I'm not very big on books becoming movies or even TV shows. Yes, it's exciting to see your favorite characters coming to the screen but when you've fallen in love with the book the movie/TV show almost always falls short. There is always something that you loved about the book that gets left there, sometimes you get over it and sometimes you don't. 

I think the most recent book to movie adaptation I have seen is Warm Bodies which came out in February 2013! 
I refused to watch City of Bones because I couldn't ruin that for myself. It is one of my favorite books and I couldn't have anything tarnish that and I am really glad I didn't watch it. Many people said it wasn't that great so I saved myself there.

While this is happening I feel like I am missing out on some amazing stuff as well. I don't go out to movies much, only every couple of months if some amazing movie is coming out. I honestly don't have the time or money for it so I just wait until I can rent them or buy them on DVD. 

Some of the movies I am really wanting to watch and still haven't are
  • Catching Fire (!!!)
  • Divergent (!!!!!!!!!!)
  • The Vampire Academy
  • The Fault In Our Stars (!!!!)
  • The Host
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower
  • Ender's Game
  • The Sea of Monsters
Some of these really make me want to cry because I haven't seen them yet *cough* Divergent *cough* and others, like The Vampire Academy, really don't matter to me. Of course, if I have the time then I'm going to sit down and watch them.

I've only liked one movie better than the book and that was Dear John by Nicholas Sparks because it was happier and less dreary.  Otherwise there are some movies that I thought represented the book very well.
  • Warm Bodies
  • The Hunger Games
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn Part 1
  • Breaking Dawn Part 2- Love that surprise twist at the ending!
  • The Harry Potter series
I have to say that I was really excited when they announced that they might be making The Selection into a TV show. You guys can not understand the amount of disappoint I went threw (am still going through) because they decided not to even though they already shot the pilot. 

I'm going to wrap this up before it gets TOO long, but here's a list of upcoming movie releases that I'm excited for!

  • The Maze Runner
  • Delirium
  • Mockingjay-Part 1

What do you think about book to movie adaptations?
What should I talk about next Thursday?
Let me know in the comments!


  1. I think book to movie adaptations are okay. I'm sort of indifferent about them. On the one hand I like it because it's interesting to see how they adapt the book and I like that it gets more people interested in the stories that we all already love. But, on the other hand, I also think some of them are just too poorly done (good thing you didn't see City of Bones!) or aren't quite worthy of it being adapted.

    The one thing makes me slightly different from most is that, unlike you, I don't care if I've read the book before seeing a movie and I don't really care how good of an adaptation it is. Like, I obviously want it to be a good movie, but if they cut out bits from the book or change things I generally don't mind. Sometimes I even like it better because it means people can experience new things between the different format, and be surprised by it. Most readers get in a hissy fit about it though. I just see them as two different stories in two different formats, so I don't mind.

    And hmm... what to talk about next week? Well, since I see The Fault in our Stars up there, maybe books that make you cry or give you the feels? Are you an emotional reader? haha.

    1. I haven't met many people who don't have a problem watching the movie first. It's very interesting to see your view on that. I heard a lot of bad things about City of Bones but I wasn't going to watch it because of the cast and some of the things I heard they were going to leave out.

      That's a great topic! I will definitely see what I can do about that. :) I'm not a big crier in general so I have a lot to say about that. Thanks so much!

  2. I can understand that rule, but these days, I'm more, meh, I want to see, so I shall. I watched The Fault in Our Stars and thought that before it was made it wouldn't make great viewing, and I hate to admit that I'm right. It just isn't a story for the big screen, neither do I think if I Stay is. By all means, create YA contemporary films, but make them have a subject other than romance, please? There's a few films I'm interested in though, people have chosen for me to watch Perks, which I tried to read and didn't finish, so it'll be interesting to see if I feel any differently, and I want to watch Sea of Monsters, because I watched The Lightning Thief and enjoyed it and have been enjoying reading the series too. Divergent, maybe after I've read, City of Bones, I'm not sure, but The Hunger Games films have proven more enjoyable than the novels, whoops. This is a great post hunny, and you've got yourself a follower in me ;)

    1. Amanda, thank you so much! I totally get your point. Sometimes it is just better to go on and watch the movie rather than just waiting to read the book then watch it.

      I'm glad to see you liked The Lighting Thief. Many people didn't like the movie because it didn't follow the book but I still really enjoyed, sure it would have been great to see some of the scenes in the book but it was still very well made.

      The Hunger Games movies are a lot better than the books if I do say myself. :)