Some of the greatest ideas can be found in books… and some of the greatest movies have been adapted from books.
It’s tough not to be freakishly nerdy about books and movies. For parents, avid readers, and theater go-ers they are like an escape from our everyday lives… a time out from schedules, work, chores, and whatever else keeps us busy.
Adapting movies from books isn’t always a bad thing. Here are a few of my favorite book to film adaptations and why you might want to read or watch the film version!
Jurassic Park: I remember reading this as an enthusiastic pre-teen and the movie did not disappoint. Readers of the book will notice a few liberties taken with the movie, but both are just totally awesome!
Pride & Prejudice: The most accurate adaptation was done by the BBC in 1995 starring Colin Firth as the greatest Mr. Darcy… like EVER in the history of Mr. Darcy actors!
Harry Potter: I was in college when Harry Potter first hit shelves and never bothered to read any of the books until I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Soon after I became a fan of the books and anxiously had to wait for the rest of the movies.
The Hunger Games: One of the few times in recent memory that I read a book before I saw the film (who has time to read books and wrangle a toddler). I took my husband to the movies and we experienced something like the Twilight phenomenon at the theater that was rather distracting for us old people. But cheesiness aside, the film did a pretty good job with loyalty to the book and great casting.
Chronicles of Narnia: I loved the books when I was a child and the 1988 BBC adaptations. The most recent attempt made an honorable effort with The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but other films in the series steered progressively further away from the beloved books.
Game of Thrones: This is a really dense, complex, and layered read (try the audio books version) but the HBO series has done a fantastic job staying mostly loyal to the books (which is a tremendous compliment). Be patient with who’s who’s and don’t be modest about the blood and sex.
Everything Roald Dahl: The stories he has crafted are whimsical, imaginative, and entertaining for children and adults. Some of my favorites are Fantastic Mr. Fox and James and the Giant Peach.
Horatio Hornblower: I’ll admit I haven’t read ALL of the books, but critics (and people like my husband who have read and re-read the books) have praised this award-winning A & E series (in the days before they started airing stuff like Dog the Bounty Hunter).
The Walking Dead: Did you know the most awesome show on cable was adapted from a series of graphic novels? Ok, so the adaptation is not the most loyal but zombies are great in either format!
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