A controversial topic, book adaptations! Thank you ever so much to The Bookish Mutant for nominating me and letting me talk about book adaptations! Her posts are always brilliant and you can find the her take on this tag here.
What is the last book adaptation movie you saw?
Aside from the new Matilda the Musical, I recently watched Brad Pitt’s Fight Club. And while nothing can compare to the pure rage and power of the book… it was a pretty near substitute. And I love the Pixies.
What book movie are you most excited about?
I am so excited for the Red, White and Royal Blue adaptation on Prime. My hopes are very high but I’m worried it’s not going to live up to my expectations. The thin line the book walks between fun and cringe may be destroyed by a tv adaptation. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my review of Casey McQuiston’s sapphic novel One Last Stop here and why her first YA novel, I Kissed Shara Wheeler, deserves more love in my review here.
Which upcoming book movie will you definitely not see?
I’ve left my Hunger Games phase firmly in 2012, so I don’t think I’ll be watching the new adaptation of A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I also didn’t read the book, because I wasn’t sure how strong the plot would be… was it just made for a movie adaptation?
Which book movie would you never watch again?
I wouldn’t say that I would never watch the 1990s Sense and Sensibility ever again, but it was a pretty slow watch. Lots of hills. Sheep. And no Colin Firth.
Is there a movie you saw that made you want to read the book if you had not yet?
After watching Dune in the cinema, I had to try the book. I loved the cinematography of the film, and you can tell it was inspired by the gorgeous descriptions in the book. Even though there’s less Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya than the film…
Check out my review of Dune (the book) here!
Conversely, is there a movie that made you never want to read the book?
I watched Sophia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. You wouldn’t expect a film with that name to be so beautifully shot. But I don’t think I could read such a depressing book!
Do you prefer to watch the movie first, or read the book first?
If I watch the movie first, I find that all I can picture when reading is the actors from the movie. I like to read the book first, make my own assumptions on the characters… then see if the director and I agreed!
Is there a movie you liked better than its book?
You can’t beat Greta Gerwig’s Little Women. The actors, the lighting, the costumes. Honestly, I found the original book pretty dry, and loved Saoirse Ronan‘s feisty, modern take on Jo.
Name a book you would love to see as a movie.
There is only one answer for me: I would LOVE an adaptation of the Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. It would make my life complete. Plus, I think the Virginia mountains and magic would translate so well into a movie. What do you think?
Find out the differences between my experiences with the Raven Boys audiobook vs the physical copy here!