Armchair BEA, Day Four: Book to Movie Adaptations
Day four of Armchair BEA is here. This also means that this fun adventure is coming to an end. Bummer. This was my first year participating and while I didn’t have all my ducks in a row, it was still fun. At least the Armchair BEA gang knows how to go out in style.
Today’s final topic is really perfect for this blog since it combines the primary writings here. Books and movies. What an entertaining talk. With that said, let’s get right into today’s final subject.
So many possibilities within today’s guidelines to discuss. For the purpose of this post, I’ll probably stick with either some favorites or upcoming projects I’m excited for. Or maybe both. Top Ten Tuesday is going to ask what we want to see made into a movie or show, so I’ll shift away from that in the hopes we can talk about our most wished-for adaptations next week.
The Fault in our Stars (John Green) – Believe it or not, the film actually affected me more than the book. Perhaps because I’m a visual person? What about you all, what did you think? Oh, and any fans of John Green’s Paper Towns out there, let me know: Should I read the book if I plan to see the movie? I’m undecided.
The Hunger Games – I really liked the movie adaptation. The book? Not so much.
If I Stay – I read the book prior to seeing the film and can say, I liked both (more than I anticipated). I felt like both had their strengths which isn’t a disadvantage to the story.
Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) – Technically this might be stretching the scope of this topic because I’ve not finished the novel. (I’ve been trying for years now.) But I do adore the more recent ITV adaptation. It’s quirky without losing Catherine’s sense of imagination without being weird, which is a big feat for this story.
Safe Haven (Nicholas Sparks) – While Nicholas Sparks film adaptations are generally disliked (or that’s been my exposure), I’ve enjoyed nearly all of them. This is one of my favorites. Again, another book and movie I liked both, however the film has a more complete ending with a ring of certainty.
Other films or series I’ve seen without having read the book: Austenland, Ballet Shoes, Beastly, Divergent (probably my favorite dystopian world yet), Grantchester (this ITV series is amazing – if you haven’t seen it, look it up!), The Host, I Capture the Castle, Jane Eyre (the 2007 version is my favorite), One for the Money, Sherlock Homes (with Robert Downy Jr.), Stardust, Warm Bodies, Water For Elephants along with countless Jane Austen and Charles Dickens adaptations.
Paper Towns (John Green) – this one actually looks pretty good. Not sure if I’m as excited about the book (because of reviews I’ve read). What say you?
In Theaters, July 2015
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith) – Adding this title is strange to type because I am so not a zombie kind of girl. But as I listed earlier, I loved Warm Bodies. Makes me think I should give this one a shot given my love of Austen plus its cast (I mean, guys, Matt Smith co-stars!). Fans of the book, what say you: is the book readable… I mean, is it worth a read?
In Theaters, February 2016
What’s on your to-see or favorites list? Join me again for more movie talk with next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.
What was your favorite 2015 Armchair BEA topic? Did you learn a lot of fabulous and new things? Have you ever been to BEA, and if so, what'd you think?