Hello everybody! Today, I’m taking part in a Top Ten Tuesday prompt (today’s is a Page to Screen Freebie!) And I’m going to talk about movie adaptations I prefer to the book! I only have a list of five, so let’s get onto the post!
Brooklyn– this one is a bit of a cheat as I’ve not read the book, but a big part of why I love the film is the cast and the cinematography so I’m 99.9% sure that even if I’d read it I’d prefer the film. Also, the book’s description makes it sound very different in tone to the film, which balances heartbreak and joy so beautifully. I actually really need to rewatch the film as it’s one of my favourite things I’ve ever seen but I haven’t watched it for years.
Paper Towns/The Fault In Our Stars– I really do not vibe with John Green’ s writing style at all, and that was the biggest reason why I didn’t like either of these books so the removal of (at least some of) his purple prose made the films infinitely more enjoyable for me than their book counterparts. I DNF Paper Towns early on both times I tried it and barely made it through TFIOS. I will also admit that the presence of Nat Wolff in both of these was a big reason why I liked them so much; don’t judge. Paper Towns is my favourite of the films as a result.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before– I really like both the book and the film here, but the film just edges it (very possibly because I watched it first). It was so cosy and lovely and joyful, and though I hardly remember it now because I wasn’t well at all when I watched it I loved it and laughed a lot during it. It’s another one I need to reread!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post– this was a very recent watch, and I liked it so much more than the book. Like with the John Green ones, I didn’t like the purple prose of the book and I struggled with the slow pacing as well, both issues that the film resolved. I was also impressed by the cinematography and casting in the film!
What films do you prefer to their book counterparts? Do you agree with any I’ve chosen? I’d love to hear in the comments!