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Old 04-02-2020, 03:14 AM
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Which book adaptations are your favourite?

Is there a book that you adore that got turned into a television series or a movie? Perhaps it has been produced multiple times, if so do you prefer one version over another?

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To start us off...I really liked the TV series adaptation of Good Omens! I read the book for the SS Challenge and there were some parts that I didn't quite understand what exactly happened, but the show did a great job of sticking to the plot AND explaining those bits that I needed to see play out in person. It was just as goofy as the book but still compelling enough to make me want to binge watch it in an entire day!
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To start us off...I really liked the TV series adaptation of Good Omens! I read the book for the SS Challenge and there were some parts that I didn't quite understand what exactly happened, but the show did a great job of sticking to the plot AND explaining those bits that I needed to see play out in person. It was just as goofy as the book but still compelling enough to make me want to binge watch it in an entire day!
I still haven't read this book, but I adored the TV adaptation. XD. I usually try to read the book first, but it looked too good to wait to watch it.

One of my favourite adaptations, is Stardust. There are a few differences between the book and the movie but I can over look the changes and appreciate both pieces.

I really don't like the "PS. I love you" movie though.
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So far I am really enjoying Little Fires Everywhere. It is a new series on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon. I just recently finished the book and was excited for the series to start. I usually hate book to movie/tv, but this one is doing everything right.
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I can already agree with two: Lissy, you've described the adaptation of Good Omens so well! And Tori, Stardust is one of my all time favourites - I think it may be one of the very few instances in which I actually prefered the film I said what I said.

An adaptation I adore is Hannibal the series featuring Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham. Although it doesn't strictly follow the plot of Red Dragon, the use of the characters and the develeopment of the stories is really ingenius. Plus the casting!!! Laurence Fishburne made an exceptional Jack Crawford.

The rights to John Le Carré's The Night Manager were bought by a couple of different companies over the years, with some unsuccessful attempts at creating a film from the narrative. When the BBC eventually released the six part series, I was skeptical - but then the cast came out, and I knew we were onto a winner. Hugh Laurie? Tom Hiddleston? Olivia Coleman? I swoon at them all. The changes they made were seamless, bringing the story into the 21st Century (Olivia Coleman's take on the intelligence officer Burr in particular) and the acting was impeccable. BRB going to find the DVD.

Another previous BotM that was (in my opinion) successfully adapted into a beautiful film was One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. I found it hypnotic, and I struggle with the fact that Kesey (the author) allegedly hated it.

Even though Emma Donoghue initially wrote the screenplay for Room before the book, the book got released first and therefore I'm including it here. It is one of the most haunting and harrowing books I have ever read and the very real question of whether I enjoyed it or not hung over me for the longest time. It's one of the rare times I've actually persuaded my mother to come to the cinema with me, and I'm so glad that the film didn't dissappoint. Equally as heartbreaking and harrowing as the book, and a real cinematic success.

OKAY I DIDN'T REALISE HOW MANY I HAD because most of the time I condem adaptations rather than laud them which is good that I'm now realising the ones I adore okay ANYWAY but I'll finish on a handful together as one: Stephen King. King is always lauded as one of the best horror writers of modern times, if not all time, and he is always a favourite of mine. However, adaptations of his books don't always hit the mark for me - The Shining, whilst critically aclaimed and yada yada, falls short of the book in my opinion (and Kings!) and some of the changes diminished the work. HOWEVER, there are two stories that I believe were adapted impeccably - The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Both were adapted and directed by Frank Darabont, who (iirc) is a good friend of King and relied on him heavily for help (which I believe definitely helped retain the key elements of both stories). To expand upon the short story of Shawshank and create the phenomenal blockbuster that he did is seriously worthy of the 7 (SEVEN!!!!) Academy awards it was nominated for (didn't win any, somehow, and I wasn't born so why am I bitter?). The emotion in The Green Mile, the beautiful characters were just as poignant in the film.

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I'd say The 100, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Maze Runner, and The Kite Runner.
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I usually don't like film/TV series adaptations because I almost always get disappointed However, I really liked the film adaptations of Pride & Prejudice (2005 with Keira Knightley bc she is my Lizzy!!), The Notebook (I actually liked the movie more than the book LMFAO yikes sue me), and The Maze Runner
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I usually have a really hard time comparing books to their film/tv adaptations. Which is strange because I feel like it's usually the opposite struggle for people. My memory for these sorts of things isn't all that great, so when I read a book and then watch its film adaptation, I usually view both things as separate entities entirely - leaving me without much room to draw actual comparisons between them.

That being said, however, I recently read Little Women over the span of a few days and the literal minute I set my book down, I watched the movie (2019 version) with my family. This is probably the only time when I've been able to recall vivid details from the book whilst watching the movie. It was such a NEAT experience ??? seeing everything come to life on the screen??

It helped that the movie was so true to the book. Everything from the script, to the characterization, to the way the story was told - it was all done with such intentionality in keeping with the original work. Had I watched the movie without having read the book, I wouldn't have enjoyed it. Movies aren't my cup of tea in general, but Little Women would have bored me 100%. But because I had just read the book, I felt like I had this more personal connection to the film and I found myself really eager and excited to see how would portray certain scenes. I'm blabbing on now, but in conclusion: Loved it.
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The Walking Dead is quite a good one.
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I want to say The Baby-sitter's Club 2020 version, even though I didn't really read the book (it wasn't as popular as Enid Blyton's works here when I was a kid) until recently (just a couple of Claudia's version and the graphic novels... That counts, right? )
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I have not minded Cursed on Netflix, I think they did a pretty good job from the book.
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