Top 10 Best and Worst Book-To-Movie Adaptations by Natalie Dailey
Today I would like to present to you a list of book-to-movie adaptations. I’m mainly going by how well the movie stuck to the events in the book. I’m also looking at the writing of the movie and the character development. I’ll be considering how well the actors portrayed these characters. I’ll also be considering book series as well.
I’m going to start off with the good news. Here are my top 5 best book-to-movie adaptations in no particular order. Also, SPOILER ALERT:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Movie in 2012
This one is very close to the book. The only thing missing is the character Madge, who gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin. That is the big thing that was omitted. In the movie, they show Katniss buying the pin at a local market. I was mildly annoyed that the hound dogs didn’t look like the dead tributes. That could’ve easily been done with computers. One good note, I loved the way the cornucopia looked.
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Movie in 2014
This great book follows the love story of two cancer patients who find each other through a support group. This will definitely pile on the feels. Keep tissues nearby when watching or reading it. The movie is very close to the book. Shailene Woodly and Ansel Elgort make an absolutely adorable Hazel and Augustus.
- Paper Towns by John Green – Movie in 2015
This is one of my favorite John Greens as well. It follows the story of two childhood friends who discover a body together. Years later, he goes on a long road trip trying to find this girl after she escapes from their town. This one is very close to the book. Nat Wolff does a great Quentin.
- Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer – Movies in 2011 and 2012
The second movie of this book was better. It actually completely changes the story, but it is actually almost better than what happened in the book. It has an epic battle scene that was not in the book, but then we see that the battle was just a vision from Alice. It was a great way to add action to a story that needed some. I still absolutely loved all of these books though.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth – Movie in 2014
This movie was an almost perfect adaptation of the book. It showed the destroyed city just as I pictured it. The big net at the Dauntless building was right out of the book. It was written and cast well. The only thing missing was the chocolate cake at the funeral of the boy who was thrown into the pit. Many fans latched on to that bit, but it was not a huge omission anyway.
Here comes the bad news, these are my top five worst book-to-movie adaptations in no particular order. Also, Spoiler Alert:
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth: The Divergent Series – movie in 2016
This movie is the third in a young adult trilogy. The books and movies in the trilogy are Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. The first two movies were great, and they followed the books very closely. The third one changed the ending and I was so mad. Unfortunately, this book series did not have a very happy ending. Hollywood chickened out and turned it into the hunky dory movie ending.
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – Movie in 2010
This follows the story of a boy who is half Greek God. It is a great series, but the movie just didn’t hit the mark. They just took way too much out. It was very hard to follow if you have not read the series. It was like they did Harry Potter and took out Voldemort.
- The Golden Compass by Phillip Pulman – Movie in 2007
The introduction to the epic His Dark Materials trilogy should have been an epic movie. The effects were beautiful, but the movie spoiled a lot of the world in the first few minutes. The book explained more about their world and about the daemons that everyone has attached. It was also just very dry writing. It was a total disappointment for anyone that loved the book.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – movie in 2009
This was a powerful story of a child murdered. The girl is raped and murdered and she watches her family go on without her in the afterlife. The movie rushes the story. The book covered years of waiting for her family to find the killer. She watches her sister grow up, get married, and have kids. She watches her grandmother die later. These things were left out of the movie.
- The Giver by Lois Lowry – movie in 2014
This book is a very unique favorite read by middle schoolers and high schoolers everywhere. It follows a dystopian society that has completely eradicated real emotions and everything it means to be human. They take injections so they don’t feel anything. They are never sad or mad. They are matched with potential partners by the government. They can’t even see color. They don’t learn history or other things. One boy is chosen to be the recipient of all of humanity’s memories. The writing of the movie just didn’t do the novel justice. It felt just like any other young adult film out there.
Natalie Dailey is a new freelance writer. She loves to read nerdy books. Horror and science fiction are her favorite genres. Her favorite author is Stephen King.