I Asked My Followers For Their Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptation. Here’s What They Said.

Many book-to-movie adaptations have been the topic of heated debates for years. Passionate fans of novels, trilogies, and series have often been met with disappointment in the film counterpart-and understandably so. Seeing the story that’s stuck with you for so long become completely ruined can be frustrating. This task isn’t an easy one though. Adapting one story onto a different storytelling medium is a challenging task that many filmmakers face. Here are some examples of filmmakers who did it right, according to my Instagram followers.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012

Directed and Written by Stephen Chbosky
Based on The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

“It’s just…accurate. [It] hurts. I love.”

This coming-of-age story revolves around the life of high school freshman Charlie and the triumphs and hardships of his life. Directed and written by the author who originally wrote the novel, this film encapsulates the beauty and tragedy of a teenager’s life. Receiving praise for Chbosky’s directional style and screenplay, as well as performances by actors Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller, this emotional film brings to light the many difficult problems that teenagers still face to this day.

Little Women, 2019

Directed and Written by Greta Gerwig
Based on Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

The seventh cinematic retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s iconic novel gets a modern zest in Greta Gerwig’s sophomore film. With an impressive ensemble cast consisting of Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep, this adaptation won the hearts of period drama lovers and film enthusiasts alike. The film would eventually go on to snatch multiple Oscar nominations and a win for Best Costume Design.

The Hunger Games Trilogy, 2012-2015

*The Hunger Games, 2012
Directed by Gary Ross
Written by Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, Billy Ray
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2013
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Written by Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, 2014
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Written by Peter Craig, Danny Strong
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, 2015
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Written by Peter Craig, Danny Strong
Directed and Written by various people*
Based on The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

“It’s very accurate and doesn’t take too many creative liberties.”
“In my opinion, the movies were much better than the books, but [the books were] amazing.”

Arguably one of the most well-known young adult dystopian series in the world, Suzanne Collins’ famous trilogy was first shown on the big screen in 2012. A series ingrained into today’s pop culture, it has grossed over $2 billion dollars and mass appeal to young dystopian fans. It’s received critical praise for Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as well as the series’ overall themes and messages.

The Hate U Give, 2018

“Directed by George Tillman Jr.
Written by Audrey Wells
Based on The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

“It wasn’t perfectly done, but I get that there are a ton of things they couldn’t include. The casting was beautiful, and regardless of accuracy it [still managed to be] very powerful.”

This all-too-real drama tells the story of Starr, a young American teenager, having to deal with the death of her best friend and the events that transpire after. A realistic insight into America’s issues with police brutality, this empowering story has touched the souls of audiences of all backgrounds. The film has earned a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 97% and high recognition for star Amandla Stenberg’s performance.

Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009

Directed by Wes Anderson
Written by Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach
Based on Fantastic Mr. Fox, by Roald Daul

“I think the movie perfectly captured the whimsical Roald Daul-yness.”

Anderson’s first animated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox retells the classic story of Roald Daul’s 1970’s novel. The unique visual style of Anderson’s directing skills combined with the design of the stop motion animation brings an eccentric and amusing twist on the beloved children’s book. Highly acclaimed, the film was nominated for multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Maze Runner Series, 2014-2018

Directed by Wes Ball
Written by T.S. Nowlin, Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers 
Based on The Maze Runner Series, by James Dashner

“[The book isn’t] similar at all, but [it’s still] a good movie.”

Another well-known young adult dystopian series, the original five-book epic written by James Dashner got its film counterpart in 2014. Although the original book series had five parts to it, the film adaptations were transformed into a trilogy (although Disney has confirmed that new movies are in the making). The films were Wes Ball’s directional debut, and have achieved some critical approval over the past few years.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Directed by Edgar Wright
Written by Edgar Wright, Michael Bacall
Based on the comic book series Scott Pilgrim, by Bryan Lee O’Malley

“Edgar Wright’s directing style really added to the overall cartoony feel [of the film].”

This fast-paced, action packed adaptation of a beloved comic book series has grown a cult following over the years. Wright’s directional style brings a hilarious and refreshing take on the graphic novel format onto the screen. With a stellar cast consisting of Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Alison Pill, Brandon Routh, and Jason Schwartzman, this edgy film has captured the hearts of both audiences and critics.

What did you think? Do you agree with them or not? What are some of your favorite book-to-movie adaptations? It may seem like the books are always better, but some movies prove that going ‘off the script’ bodes well.

One thought on “I Asked My Followers For Their Favorite Book-to-Movie Adaptation. Here’s What They Said.

  1. *Here’s the list of the people who worked on each Hunger Games film:

    The Hunger Games, 2012
    Directed by Gary Ross
    Written by Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, Billy Ray
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2013
    Directed by Francis Lawrence
    Written by Simon Beaufoy, Michael deBruyn
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, 2014
    Directed by Francis Lawrence
    Written by Peter Craig, Danny Strong
    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, 2015
    Directed by Francis Lawrence
    Written by Peter Craig, Danny Strong

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s