Musing About Things: Books to Movies Adaptation


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

Lately it seems like I’ve been watching a lot of books to movies adaptations, but in reality I’ve only seen Before I Fall and Everything, Everything. At least that’s current for this year. However if we also talk about The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, and rewatching the Harry Potter series then yep that’s a lot right there (I know I’ve seen a lot more, but I’m currently blanking out as I’m writing up this post). I’m not a huge fan of books to movies adaptation simply because I like to know what the characters are thinking instead of guessing what they’re thinking (especially concerning about my ship). Books gets my emotions all worked up in a way movies don’t. For instance, when I first watched Half Blood Prince I didn’t cry at the ending while a handful of people in the movies did, however, I was an emotional wreck on the inside. It helps to know what’s ahead, but maybe because I knew what was coming that gave me a meh feeling.

These days I try not to  have too much expectations for books to movies adaptation because if I do I know I will end up being disappointed. I was pretty excited about watching The Fault in Our Stars but because I’d reread the book a couple of days prior of going to the movies all my brain did was nitpick every detail of that movie that went wrong. Like omg this scene doesn’t go here or wait I’m pretty sure that didn’t happen until that chapter. My brain just wouldn’t shut up throughout the entire movie. Little details are inevitable to be changed (ugh that maze scene in Goblet of Fire was supposed to be fun but they didn’t encounter even a sphinx) but if you’re cutting up big chunks that are important in the book and won’t make sense to the person who hasn’t read the book before then that’s not going to fly by me.

However, emotions aside there’s just something about books to movies that makes me cringe. I don’t know if it’s because they smash details together (some I enjoyed like Harry receiving his Firebolt from Sirius at the end of the Prisoner of Azkaban movie) or cut out super important scenes (this one annoys me a lot especially if it’s a huge thing in the books). And then there are things like in the movies that just didn’t feel like anything happened even though a lot of things happened in the book (ex. Before I Fall movie was not conveyed well.). While I may like some movies a bit better than the books that is not always the case.

Movies that were better:

1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – Made me read the book because the action otherwise it’s the only book in the series I’ve actually liked and managed to finish.
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I’m not a big black & white movie fan, but I loved this one more than the book
3. My Fair Lady by George Bernard Shaw – okay so this is a musical, but it’s a play before the musical before the movie (I don’t think I’m making sense). Anyways it’s one of my favorite movies and thought the play was only so-so. Maybe the hopeless romance in me didn’t like the play too much because of George Bernard Shaw’s note at the end.
4. Paper Towns by John Green – Surprisingly enjoyed this adaptation a lot more than I thought I would as I didn’t really liked the book.
5. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot – book Mia was annoying whereas movie Mia was a bit more mature (?) Bonus points because Julie Andrews is in it despite the sequel didn’t remotely follow the books.


What are some of your favorite books to movies adaptation? Do you like books to movies adaptations or are you like me and prefer the books?

Author: Jackie

5 Replies to “Musing About Things: Books to Movies Adaptation”

  1. I haven’t really loved movie adaptions because they normally fall short. Although I did love Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice.

  2. I hate movie adaptations, but my reason is that it kills the vision I have in my head of how I picture the characters and everything. But I also prefer books because of how I get to *know* what the characters are thinking and feeling. It makes me *feel* the emotion more. But I do sometimes see a movie and then decide after that I want to read the book. Some movies that I think were better were Big Fish and The Notebook. And I feel like The Princess Bride and Interview with the Vampire are movies that aren’t quite better but are still good!

  3. I’m not a big fan of adaptations either- I mean I like that they’re bringing a book I like to the screen, but I’m one of those people that wants them to adapt it as literally as possible, not take huge liberties or change the story, so I tend to get disappointed. 🙂 You’re right though, occasionally the movie IS better! I thought the Lord of the Rings movies were (mostly) done well, and I am glad The Princess Bride movie exists because it’s awesome lol.

    Great discussion post!

  4. I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV. I would much rather read. When I see a movie or show being made from a book that I love, I am more likely to try to go and see it though. Right now I am loving the Starz production of Outlander. There have been some changes but nothing that I can’t live with.

  5. I try to view the book and the movie adaptation as two very separate things in order to avoid disappointment. A movie can never be a 100% duplicate of the book and contain every single scene and every little nuance – so I try to just take the movie as a totally separate entity and enjoy it on its own. There have been a few that I enjoyed as much as that book or even more. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a good example. The book was good but I thought the movie was even better. Then there are times when the movie gets it all wrong like Insurgent. Gah! (I never even bothered seeing Allegheny after they messed up Insurgent so badly.)

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