My Favorite Book-to-Screen Adaptations

It’s always interesting to see your favorite books come to life in the form of a film or series. Not all stories can be translated directly from page to screen though. The things that work in books don’t always make for a good viewing experience and vice versa. Sometimes it can be a let down, and sometimes the screen version is even more enjoyable than the book was.

For my favorite adaptations, I tried to only pick things that I’ve both read and watched, but mostly I just picked my favorite adaptations to watch that either match or exceed their bookish origins. These are my five favorites.

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Lord of the Rings

The books are long, and the films certainly held true to that point, but I very much enjoyed them both. Although there are some differences between the two versions, I think the movies did a wonderful job at capturing the grand scope of the story, the setting, the characters, and creatures.

The Martian

I loved reading the Martian and I was excited to see the movie when it come out. The film version is almost exactly the same as the book. They held true to basically everything that was written, although I think the film captured more of how dire Mark Watney’s situation is.

The Importance of Being Earnest

This is a long-standing favorite of mine. The story is so ridiculous and engaging, and I very much enjoy the humor in the writing. This is a pretty simple story to translate to screen, since it was written as a play and I get a real kick out of it every time I watch.

The 100

This is one where I prefer the adaptation over the book. The book wasn’t bad, but there are some major differences between the two versions, and I felt much more compelled to continue with the show and not the book series. Main characters are changed, although my favorites were still present, and getting a larger perspective on everything happening helped up the ante of the plot. Although the book set a great foundation, I preferred the show.

Jurassic Park

This is easily one of my favorite movies. I first saw it when I was much younger, so I initially didn’t know it was based on a book. When I found out, I planned to read it and see how they compare, but unfortunately I still haven’t gotten a chance to. One day I’ll get around to it, but until then, this is still a great film to watch.

What’s your favorite adaptation?