Well if you have not heard of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before adaptation done by Netflix then you must live under a rock. Twitter had been in a frenzy ever since the August 17th drop of the movie. I had listened to the audiobook in anticipation for the movie release and I finished in within a day. I feel in love with the sister relationship, cute innocence of Lara Jean, the sassiness of Kitty and the cute relationship/not really a relationship moments. I have to say I join in with the twitter frenzy and have already watched the movie multiple times.
I think the casting was done perfectly, Lana & Noah were absolutely amazing as Lara Jean & Peter. This movie is the much needed teen rom com that everyone has been craving. It was more than just the romance and focused on all those things the book makes important as well. There were some things missing from the book that were some of my favorite parts, but I understand its hard to fit everything from a book into a movie time frame.
Overall I thought the adaptation was so well done and I do believe we will get the next book, P.S I Still Love You. I mean how could they not with all the love it is getting on the internet. Even the cast is in full support all over social media! I highly recommend this movie even if you didn’t read the book and have no plans of it. It is cute, funny and will make your heart so happy!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was one of my favorite books I read in 2014. I was shocked by the dark vibe and shocking twists that came from the complex, manipulative and slightly psychotic characters. I had heard such amazing things about this movie from friends, but of course they were all people that had not read the book.
I will state first that I really enjoyed the movie and thought it was very true to the book (might have been since Flynn herself worked on the screenplay). Although I enjoyed what they did with the movie and the aspects they incorporated from the book, I still love the book so much more. While watching the movie I was not shocked and surprised by the twists because I had already read the book so I feel like I missed some of that enjoyment. There were also parts that I felt like where missing from the movie. At the end of the movie I didn’t quite get the same feeling and felt like it didn’t convey to the full extent what Flynn did at the end of the book about the future of Nick and Amy. I also did not think that Ben Affleck was the right person for the role of Nick, but that might just be me.
Even though I highly recommend reading this book first because even though the movie was slightly ruined for me by having read the book it would have make the book hard to read if I already knew what happened it the movie. The movie was well written and filmed. I was happy to see what they did and absolutely loved Amy’s character. Rosamund Pike was fantastic. The feel of the movie is also well done and mimics the feels from the book extremely well. It is definitely dark and twisted and is worth the watch in my opinion!
Gone Girl Book Review
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Today’s Question: What was the worst movie adaptation of a book that you have seen?
I am not caught up on all the book to movie adaptations from the books I have read that also have movies out, but I would have to say the worst one is The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013). I was just laughing the whole time I was watching this. I really enjoyed the book, but the movie just slightly ruined it for me. Another one would be Twilight (2008) I am a fan of the books, I mean how can I not be they really got me into reading YA when I was younger, but the movies are hilarious.
What is the worst book to movie you have seen?
I feel like there has been a big trend taking place recently. What is that trend you ask?
Books to Movies
Movies Based on Books
Whatever you would like to call it, it has recently taken over the movie industry. I feel like it is the only thing anyone can talk about lately. It is all over social media. It also seems to be favoring YA books. I know this has always happened, but I feel like lately it is very present and a lot all at once.If you were curious and haven’t been paying attention/live in a cave or just haven’t heard. Here is a list of some Ya novels with movie plans in the future (as of right now)
- Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Which will be split into two parts and follow the previous two books which came out in 2012 and 2013 and Mockingjay is set to come out in the fall of 2014 (pt.1) and 2015 (pt.2)
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent just came out this spring and Insurgent is set to follow next spring (2015))
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (June 6th 2014)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (August 15th 2014)
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (September 19th 2014. And one I am really excited for because of Dylan O’Brien!)
- If I Stay by Gayle Forman (August 22nd 2014)
- Fallen by Lauren Kate (2015)
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair & The Magicians Newphew by C.S Lewis (neither has a set date but is in the works)
- Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (July 31st 2015 and is being directed by Tim Burton!)
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (in development)
- Angelfall by Susan Ee (in development)
- The Raven Boys and Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (in development)
- The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (in development)
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore (it says 2014 but has no other information so I don’t believe it will be this year)
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (in development)
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (in development)
These are just some of the many that are in the works. Here are so sources you can go to in order to check out more if you feel so inclined.
I am not sure how I feel about all of these. Sometimes I really enjoy when a movie comes out that is based on a book I love. Other times the adaptation is horrible and such a waste of money. The other thing I don’t like is all the hype that the book gets because of the movie. I should preface this by saying its great for the author that a bunch a people go out and buy the book and support the author and fandom. This thing I dislike is that people only read it for the purpose of reading it before the movie and do not even care about the wonders the books truly hold! Sometimes its those people that can ruin the book for me. Also I think it deters people from reading the book because why read it when you can just watch the movie. I also am really beginning to had how they split movies into parts. The Mockingjay most definitely (in my opinion) does not have enough to be split into two parts and I feel like it is the movie industry just trying to make more money. The fact that the Lord of the Rings movies were each their own and the books are so much bigger than The Hobbit, but yet the Hobbit is being split into three parts.
I will end my rant now! If you stuck around to read this far I applaud you!
So what are your thoughts on the growing trend and popularity of Book to Movie adaptations. I would love to here some other thoughts/opinions/ what one you are most looking forward/etc.