Bout of Books 17: Book to Movie Challenge

The first challenge of Bout of Books 17 is the Book to Movie Challenge hosted by Writing My Own Fairy Tale.

The challenge is to pick your favourite and least favourite book to movie adaptations.

Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation

A Series of Unfortunate Events adapts the first 3 books of the book series of the same name by Lemony Snicket: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room and The Wide Window

One of my all time favourite films (never mind adaptations) has to be A Series of Unfortunate Events. This film was just such a fantastic adaptation. I love the costumes and the aesthetic of the film (think Tim Burton). The casting of the Baudelaire orphans is spot on. And Jim Carey makes a brilliant Count Olaf! It’s also got some laughs in it, which makes it overall a really fun film to watch.

P.S. Netflix are currently in the process of adapting these books into an original series. And I can’t wait to see what they do.

Least Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation

The Host by Stephenie Meyer was adapted into a film in 2013

I recently talked about how much I enjoyed the novel in a review. The reasonings were less about the plot overall and more about the depth and the feel of the story, as well as an exploration of what makes us human. Unfortunately, when translating it for the big screen all this is lost and we’re left with the bare bones of a typical YA story.

In all honestly, I don’t think this book could ever be adapted into a satisfactory film. The novel is over 600 pages long and takes its time to build our view of characters and their relation ships (and how both of these things change). That’s not something that can be achieved in 2 hours!

What are your favourite adaptations? And which ones left you feeling unsatisfied?

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