I went to see Love, Simon last week and it got me thinking of some of the more positive movie adaptations; I’m usually fairly picky when it comes to books making it on the big screen. However, I loved Love, Simon, so much more than the book actually, and I’ll definitely be writing a post all about my thoughts soon.
Anyways, I thought I’d dedicate this week to celebrating some of my favourite book to movie adaptations!
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | J.K. Rowling
Book Released: 1999, by Bloomsbury.
Movie Released: 2014, Warner Bros.
I adore this movie, it’s quite possibly one of my favourites of the Harry Potter franchise. In this film, we meet quite a few important faces, such as; Sirius Black and Remus Lupin (you guys know how much I love him), and it was amazing to see some of my characters come to life, just as I pictured them. The casting for this movie is perfect, as is the rest of the franchise, however, this movie just seemed to get everything right. Plus, the soundtrack and video game are by far my favourites of the series too.
The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book Released: 1925, by Scribner’s.
Movie Released: 2013, by Warner Bros.
This book is my favourite of all time, so it’s no surprise that I love the latest adaptation. Leonardo DiCaprio playing Jay Gatsby was a perfect choice, my image of Gatsby forever changing to him from now on. Everything about his movie was beautiful, presenting the glamorous life of Gatsby described in the novel incredibly well. The costumes were by far my favourite, having fallen in love with the twenties party life dress because of this movie.
An Inspector Calls | J.B. Priestley
First Performed: 1945, by Soviet Union.
Movie Released: 2015, by BBC.
This was one of my favourite required reads in school, loving the eeriness of the story, and when I found out that the BBC were doing an adaptation starring David Thewlis I was ecstatic. I loved this adaptation, it resurrecting the play and giving it the publicity it deserves. The movie is incredibly accurate, presenting the characters correctly with a brilliant cast and being an overall perfect adaptation.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe | C.S. Lewis
Book Released: 1950, by Geoffrey Bles.
Movie Released: 2005, by BBC.
The Chronicles of Narnia was one my favourite book series as a kid and I was obsessed with this movie. I remember watching it for the first time in primary school during a rainy day and immediately fell in love; I was always watching it at home. I didn’t really like the recent adaptations, them not feeling as accurate as the BBC originals – the cast just didn’t click with me. Plus, this one definitely has more sentimental value.
Brokeback Mountain | Annie Proulx
Short Story Released: 1997, by The New Yorker.
Movie Released: 2005, by Focus Features.
I didn’t read this short story until my first year of university, which is when I immediately fell in love with it. Although, I knew the overall premise of the book, nothing lived up to actually reading it and fully understanding the characters and their struggles. When I finally watched the film, I fell in love all over again. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayals of Ennis and Jack were incredible, capturing the characters brilliantly and the line “I wish I knew how to quit you” still gets me every time.