Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week, it’s all about book to movie adaptations, of which there’s a slightly ridiculous amount that I am yet to/probably never will see. I’m becoming more and more of two minds when it comes to film adaptations – a very strong part of me is still a “DON’T MESS IT UP THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER” kind of purist, but I also understand how adapting is an important part of adaptations, and not everything that works in a novel will work on the screen.
The Fault in Our Stars
My feelings towards the book were pretty ambivalent, so even with all the hype and excitement that surrounded the release of the film, I never ended up seeing it. I got the impression that it was a fairly decent adaptation from the reactions of fans I know, so I might end up watching it one day. Probably if I’m on a plane and it’s one of the movies they’ve got, or if a friend were to lend it to me. I kinda feel like I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it, but if the opportunity presented itself, I wouldn’t avoid it.
If I Stay
Kind of ironically, I actually own the movie tie-in version of this book. I don’t really remember If I Stay being advertised all that much when it was released here, and although I was aware of it, at that stage I hadn’t read the novel, so I didn’t pay all that much attention. I might get around to seeing it someday. I did enjoy the novel, so I’d be interested to see what the movie’s like.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
I actually really want to see this adaptation. The only reason I actually knew that Me and Earl was being adapted into a film was because I bought the movie tie-in version of the novel, but after reading it and enjoying it, I think it’s a story that could translate rather well, especially with the author being involved in its writing. Don’t know if/when I’ll actually see it, but I am interested.
City of Bones
I’m a sort of casual fan of the Mortal Instruments books. I enjoyed the first three but the fourth lost me a little, and I haven’t read beyond there. I was originally pretty keen to see the film adaptation, but it soon became pretty clear that this was not such a great example of adaptations, and I didn’t make any effort to see it. Still won’t, most likely, but I might try the show.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I actually only read The Perks of Being a Wallflower last week. Bit late to the party on that one. I wasn’t all that enamoured with it, to be honest – it fell into the category of ‘okay, but I’ve read better’. So obviously, when the film came out, I didn’t see it because I hadn’t read the book, but I thought it looked interesting. This falls into a similar category as The Fault in Our Stars movie – I might see it someday, but I’m in no rush to.
I’ve never actually seen Twilight, nor have I read any of the books. I remember the fuss that cam up when the film was first released, and how everyone was reading the books, but I wasn’t really interested, and then I just never got around to reading them. And, realistically, I doubt I ever will.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
This was a book I’d heard of for ages before I actually read it, but aside from the one time they played it on TV, I’ve barely heard of the movie. I liked the book but wasn’t crazily impressed by it, but I feel like if they were to show the film on TV again, I’d probably watch it.
The Maze Runner
The reason I haven’t seen this pretty much boils down to the fact that I haven’t read the book so I haven’t seen the film. I’ve developed a bit of scepticism towards the dystopian genre, with everyone trying to cash in on the success of the Hunger Games, and I’d heard mixed things about these books.
The Great Gatsby
I actually studied The Great Gatsby in lit not all that long after the film was released. I really like the book, and I really want to see the film.
Pride and Prejudice
The BBC miniseries of P&P is one of my true loves, and the reason Colin Firth will forever be the true Mr Darcy, but I’ve never actually seen the 2005 movie. I kind of don’t want to see this, because I love the miniseries so much, but I kind of do because, well, it’s Pride and Prejudice. So I’m a bit conflicted.
If you’re reading this and have any strong feelings about any of the above films, feel free to let me know whether I should watch them or avoid them like the plague.