So recently I have made a few posts talking about book to movie adaptations recently. I have spoken about the best that I have seen, and the worst. But today I want I wanted to talk about the complicated ones. There are two types of films on this list. The first are films that were good and enjoyable, but strayed from the book a lot, so although good films, aren’t good adaptions. The others are those rare films that are actually better than the book. I hope that that makes sense and that you get what I am going on about. If not, hopefully it will become clearer as you read. So let’s do this, starting with the disappointing ones.
The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
I am one of the people that loves the books. I adore them. I read them all earlier this year and fell in love with them. They are dramatic and interesting, they are dark and twisted, they are full of mystery and betrayal, discovery and friendship. Basically, I don’t know why some people don’t like them. I think that they are brilliant. So naturally, I was very excited when I eventually got around to watching the film (I had put off seeing in until after I read the books). Unfortunately, I was disappointed. The film itself was good. It was visually impressive, the characters where pretty good (exactly as I had pictured them), it was a solid film. Its downside was how much it strayed from the original text. The main components where there, but it was missing a lot. And I also felt like the film had a very rushed feel to it. I know the books are fast paced but the film was literally, boom boom boom done. It just wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be, because it didn’t stay particularly true to the story.
City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
This film actually made my worst book to film adaptations list as well, but I feel like it should be on here as well. If you have not read any of the shadow hunter books and have no desire to, then you will probably like this film. It is fast paced and action packed with romance and friendship and mystery. It is an alright film in general. It just isn’t a good book to film adaption. I hope that makes since. Although the main plot of the film vaguely sticks to that of the book, it does stray far from it in every other way possible. But if you have no prior knowledge of the books, it could be an enjoyable film.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
I watched the film of this (the 2008 one with Ben Barnes) a few months ago and fell in love with it. I then read the book pretty soon after and loved that as well. But, they are pretty different from each other. They both follow the same main storyline, but then the film goes in different directions with the rest of the storylines. The main difference though it Dorian. In the book he is blond and blue eyed, where are Ben Barnes is a brunette with almost black eyes. I actually prefer Barnes, that is what I always kind of assumed Gray would be. But overall, although the film is different I actually love it just as much as the book, but because it does stray, it’s on this list.
And now the films that where better than the books
The Duff by Kody Keplinger
I saw the film of this months before I read the book and I can 100% say that the film is better. I love the film. I have watched it at least 7 times. It is funny and sweet and just hands down brilliant. The book, not so much. I found the book to be a bit, well, boring. It wasn’t particularly funny, the characters all felt pretty flat, the storyline was very sex focused, like unnecessarily so. I don’t know. I just really didn’t rate the book much, but the film is brilliant. It is one of the best comedies that I have seen in a long time.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I have watched the Stardust film dozens of times. I think that it is a really great film. It is visually very impressive, the characters are really intriguing, the storyline is impressive and interesting. All in all, it is a very good film. (plus it also has a brilliant sound track). Whereas the book was, in my opinion a bit meh. I read the book a couple of years ago and really didn’t love it. Although the storylines in both are practically identical and technically everything is pretty similar, the film was just better. For some reason the book felt really boring and weird. I would 100% say that the film is better. I enjoyed it far more.
And those are just a few of the book to film adaptations that where kind of complicated. What book to film adaptations do you find complicated? Any that I should check out? I hope that you enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.