Armchair BEA, Day Four: Book to Movie Adaptations

Saturday, May 30, 2015

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.  

I’m one of those people that actually like film adaptations. Sure, I know they deviate from the book and sometimes make the story unique to their own needs (the big screen), but with exception to one or two adaptations, I have loved basically anything I’ve seen that’s been well, adapted from a book.  

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 Chronicles of Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis): I still remember seeing this come alive on the big screen and being enchanted. It was beautifully done and images or passages from the book floated through my mind as everything unfolded.

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.  

Mr. Holmes (Mitch Cullin) – To be honest, I don’t see myself picking up the book on which this movie is based, but more Sherlock Holmes? Yes, please!  

In Theaters, July 2015
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?

Thanks for joining me on this Armchair BEA adventure. It was fun.
See you again next year, BEA.


  1. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is definitely a fun read if you have the time! :)

    1. Thanks, Natalie! I look forward to potentially reading it. The film isn't here until early next year, so I *should* have the time, right!? :) Thank you for visiting.

  2. Great post!I'm looking forward to BBC 's adaption of Jonathan Strange & Mr.Norell

    1. Thanks. You know, I just read a good review of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell. But then, pretty much anything BBC is worth watching. Thanks for visiting! :)

  3. If you liked I Capture the Castle, you must read the book.

    1. Thanks, Liviania! I did like I Capture the Castle. I appreciate the feedback. :)

  4. I really liked The If I Stay movie and book. <3

    1. As did I, Cali. Both had their strong points. Thanks so much for visiting. :)

  5. haven't seen any of these movies

    1. Hope you can someday if you're interested. :)

  6. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - yes.

    The Fault in Our Stars - it was good...I just liked the book better.

    ^ same with The Hunger Games

    I started If I Stay but couldn't finish it...

    WAIT! Which Northager Abbey version are we talking about here??

    and I haven't seen Safe Haven... Not sure I will:/

    I really wanna see Mr. Holmes! and Paper Towns...
    Pride & Prejudice & Zombies looks really weird:/

    1. Ditto. Who doesn't love Aslan!?

      I'm glad you liked the FIOS and THG books. :)

      Nothing wrong with that. I really wound up liking both the book for If I Stay and film much better than I thought.

      As for Northanger Abbey, that was just my mistake. It's THE (best) version, 2007. Or that's my opinion. ;)

      Lots of people don't care for Sparks adaptations and that's totally cool. I enjoy them, so I added that one.

      Yay for Mr. Holmes and Paper Towns. Hope they are amazing! :)

  7. I personally liked Paper Towns better than The Fault in Our Stars... it was more fun, I connected with the characters better, and I thought it still had plenty of depth, but it also had the mystery element, which was great! I'm not sure the movie adaptation is going to be as ideal as TFIOS was, though, the trailer for Paper Towns doesn't look incredibly promising to me. But I really liked the book! (It did have more objectionable content than TFIOS, lots of crude language, etc... which is annoying, because now I can't recommend it without reservation.)

    1. Yay! I'm glad to know that, Lizzie. I do plan on starting the Paper Towns book and going from there. Not sure if I'll finish it because as you point out (thanks for that), I was sure I'd read somewhere that the book had lots of PG13 or above content. Makes me sad because stories don't legitimately *need* that to be amazing. Guess it's buckle to peer pressure.

      Thanks for commenting! Glad to chat with you. :)


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