Sunday, 8 July 2018

4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations

As I've been really enjoying reading book after book so far this year, I'm keen to do a few more book related posts. One of my current favourite bloggers is Jenny from Jenny In Neverland and I saw she recently did a post full of ideas for those who love books and one of them was about favourite book to film adaptations. I was so keen to write this one up as over the last few years there have definitely been a few that have been made into films that I've loved, I've just never thought to share my feelings on them on my blog. Every time one of my favourite books gets made into a movie, I always worry that they won't be able to do it justice but there are 4 that came to my head that really impressed me and I thought I'd share them with you!
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
P.S I Love You - I read this book a long, long time ago and first watched the film when I was 13 and it's stuck with me ever since. I absolutely loved the book and it's only since re-reading it that I've been able to see how well they made the transition into film. Cecelia Ahern has been one of my favourite authors since PS I Love You and I'm so glad the film turned out as good as it did. I still remember the first time I saw it, at the cinema with a group of friends and we were all absolutely sobbing by the end. I've watched it loads since and every single time I end up a mess. The story is so sad but then there are parts that are funny and bittersweet, and Gerard Butler is just perfect in it. I haven't watched it for a long time because it actually breaks my heart and even thinking about it whilst writing this I feel emotional, but I think it will always be one of my favourites.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
Gone Girl - I actually watched the film before reading the book as I mentioned in my recent review but once I had finally read it, I realised what a good job they had done in turning such a complex story into a film. As the book alternates between the narrative of husband Nick Dunne and missing wife Amy, it's quite a hard one to get your head round sometimes. So much happens in the book and in so much detail but to say they obviously can't include every single thing in the film, I really don't think anything major was missed and it all flowed just as the book did. The film is absolutely brilliant, so tense, but so is the book, and it's one of those stories that keeps you guessing for such a long time as neither of the characters can be trusted. I think the choices for Nick and Amy - Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike were perfect.
Fifty Shades of Grey - Despite lots of people not being a fan of the Fifty Shades series, I'm part of the club that loves it and I'm so happy with how the films turned out. I totally get that some people think the books are badly written and whilst they're certainly not the best thing I've ever read, I'd read them again and I love how Christian and Ana's relationship develops in each one. I think they did a really good job of turning that sort of book into a film because I suppose there are boundaries and it's not your typical romance film that you usually see in the cinema. I think the casting was brilliant, Jamie Dornan just is Christian Grey and I'm actually a little sad there won't be anymore films in the series. I definitely don't feel too much was missed from the books, and whilst I'd have loved for the second and third film in particular to be a little longer, overall I love how the story translated to the screen.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
 Me Before You - This is another book and film that left me in bits. I read the book before I watched the film and as I just adored it, I was so worried about how it would turn out on screen. The story of Lou becoming a carer for Will who is paralysed, and then them falling in love is beautiful and told wonderfully, and in the film it was only even more heartbreaking. I remember when I finished the book, sitting and having a little cry, and honestly during the film I was a mess. At the end I was full on sobbing and it took me a while to calm down! I'm not the biggest fan ever of Emilia Clarke but she played Lou really well and Sam Claflin as Will was the best choice. There aren't many stories that leave me feeling like this one did and both the book and film had the same impact. The film totally exceeded my expectations and there was definitely no need to worry that the book wouldn't be done justice.
4 Of My Favourite Book To Film Adaptations
I've read quite a few books over the last few years that have since been made into films but these are the few that really stood out to me. I hope I've not spoilt any of them for you if you've either not read the books or seen the films, I've tried to keep it vague but I really hope you give some of these a go if that's the case, they are all brilliant in their own way.

I'd love to know if you have a favourite book to film adaptation?

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