Over the past few years, we have seen some successful movies adapted from YA (Young Adult) novels or less popular books. We’ve also seen some terrible adaptations such as the Percy Jackson movies, The Cat in the Hat, The Giver, the Divergent series… etc. Today we are going to look at some of the best book to movie adaptations.
- Little Women (2019)
Little Women (1868) by American novelist Louisa May Alcott is undoubtedly one of the most popular books. It was adapted many times throughout history, but I think Greta Gerwig’s 2019 version may be the best one yet. The modern take on the classic story made the film stand out on its own, and the themes of the novel are still relevant in today’s society under Gerwig’s sharp writing. With great performances from Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh and impeccable directing from Gerwig, Little Women could be one of the best adapted movies from a book.
2 . The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
The Fault in Our Stars (2012) by John Green was an instant hit, and the film adaptation of the same name could be one of the best films being adapted from a YA novel. The film might not have enough time to explore all the aspects of the book, but Shailene Woodley’s moving performance as Hazel Grace carried the entire film. The movie also didn’t lose the sweet, melancholy, funny, and sometimes philosophical nature of the book. The Fault in Our Stars would probably make you cry just as much as the novel did.
3. Room (2015)
Room didn’t exactly explore anything that’s not already in the book of the same name, written by Emma Donoghue in 2010, but the powerful performances from Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay will surely make the audience weep. The film is arguably one of Larson’s best performances to date, and everyone will be blown away by Tremblay’s acting skills at only nine years old at the time.
4. The Hunger Games series (2012-2015)
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games was an exceptionally well written book with thought-provoking themes such as the abuse of power, the corruption of the government, and wealth inequality. The film series captured the spirit of the book with its visuals, soundtrack, direction, and a stunning performance from Jennifer Lawrence that elevated the films and made her a household name.
5. Nomadland (2020)
Director Chole Zhao adapted Jessica Bruder’s Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century and turned it into an award-winning movie, Nomadland. Zhao turned the book into a piece of art that blends together fiction and non-fiction storytelling with the use of real-life nomads and gorgeous cinematography while celebrating the nomad community’s resilience and strength.
6. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which won an Oscar in 2019, was adapted from Christine Leunens’ 2008 book Caging Skies. The movie adaptation may not be everyone’s cup of tea, as it is about Nazism, but Waititi’s cleverly written satire is dark, funny, heartwarming, and poignant. It is a very well-balanced coming-of-age story of a young boy who had to learn how to think for himself. The standout performances from Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis, and Sam Rockwell are hilarious yet touching.
7. Harry Potter series (2001-2011)Finally, we can’t talk about book to movie adaptations without mentioning one of the best selling book and film franchises of all time, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This series probably doesn’t need any more introduction. Despite Rowling’s controversies over the past few years, the stories and the worlds she created had an ever-lasting impact on millions of people around the world. The magic and the spells of Harry Potter will forever be remembered as one of the best book and film franchises of all time.
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