Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! Today we celebrate the often maligned TV/Movie adaptations of books. Look, I get it, the book is USUALLY better than the movie/TV show (*cough*except Princess Bride*cough*). But that doesn’t mean that we can thoroughly love and enjoy the adaptations! Heck, sometimes adaptations are the only way we get closure on a story…which leads me to the first on the list…
A Song of Fire and Ice/Game of Thrones by George RR Martin – Ah, the adaptation that brings together coworkers, strangers on the street, readers, non-readers, and pretty much anyone who likes to watch TV shows were your favorites are always about to die. Somehow, a high fantasy book series became a widely accepted and beloved TV series that has basically taken over the world. I think my favorite thing about the show, besides all the pretty people, is how it gave me and my non-reader coworkers something to enjoy together. Knowing about the Red Wedding before all my non-reader coworkers was probably the best feeling in the world. Because I’m a terrible person.
The Martian by Andy Weir – This is one where I saw the movie first and then read the book. I LOVE the movie. Matt Damon is so damn good as the sarcastic Mark Watney. I’m definitely happy that I watched the movie first because the book does tend to get pretty deep into the science, which is rough for a non science-y person like me. Having all the stunning visuals from the movie helped get me through parts of the book that might have been boring to me without having seen the movie first. Side note: I 100% recommend the audiobook. The narrator is gold!
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien – Look, I get it…the movies take a lot of liberties with the source material. But…I never would have read these books without the movies. I’m sorry, but it’s true. I didn’t have the idyllic childhood relationship with these books like some people did and even after the movies it still took until my mid-twenties until I could finish the books. But once I finally made it through them, I was in love. At the end of the day, the movies gave me one of my all time favorite lines because it speaks to me on a deep, personal level: What about second breakfast?
Emma by Jane Austen – I am not even going to lie here, my love of the movie and BBC miniseries adaptations of Emma comes straight down to Mr. Knightley. In my youth, I had such a teen girl crush on Jeremy Northam as Knightley. As much as I loathed Gwyneth Paltrow, I could not stop watching that movie. And then the BBC had to go and do their adaptation and cast Jonny Lee Miller as Knightley and I basically died of joy. Two other fantastic adaptations of classic books are the BBC miniseries of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (Hello Richard Armitage!) and 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie (Hello Kiera Knightley!).
The Princess Bride – Okay, I’m gonna say it: THE MOVIE WAS BETTER THAN THE BOOK! Sorry, but I loathe the book so deeply, that it makes me angry to look upon it. Now, this deep hatred may come from the fact that I am such an intense fan of the movie that nothing, not even the original source material, could live up to my ridiculous expectations. I’ll never know. What I do know, is I will never be able to fully subscribe to the idea that a book is always better then the movie/TV show.
What adaptations do you love?