It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re gonna talk about some adaptations that I enjoyed way more than the books they are based on.
#1 Enola Holmes/The Case of the Missing Marquess
I saw the Netflix movie the day it came out and was so impressed by Millie Bobby Browns prensence in this film. What an outstanding actress. I swear, she played everybody else against the wall easily.
Naturally, I was curious about the book, so I immidiately went to grab a copy. Unfortunately, it was rather disappointing. While the movie made me want to watch another 10 like it, I don’t really have any interest in picking up another one of the novels. It was too shallow, somewhat boring and just didn’t do anything for me.
#2 Lord of the Rings
I know people will come for me over this, but I found the Lord of the Rings movies far more intriguing than the books. Especially the first one was dragging on a bit in written form. To be fair, I read the novels in German and I would be willing to give them another shot in English. But as it is now, I definitely prefer the films!
#3 I am not Okay with This
I am still sad that Netflix cancelled this show after just one season. Sophia Lillis was great and the show had me hooked with the first episode. So, I picked up the comics in hope of some kind of conclusion but just ended up annoyed. I didn’t enjoy the comics at all and, in fact, strongly disliked the main character in that version.
#4 Secret Diary of a Call Girl
This is another show that’s just great. Billie Piper is wonderful, charming, funny and just a delight in this adaptation. I was expecting the same from the book but was let down. I know that the lady who wrote this is a smart and probably very eloquent woman, but that didn’t really shine through at all. While I want to be friends with the main character from the show, I definitely wouldn’t want to be with the book version.
#5 The Haunting of Bly Manor/Turn of the Screw
I rarely had a book with so much passion but this one certainly did the trick. I swear, I was just short of yeeting my ereader out the window. The Netflix adaptation on the other hand, while not perfect, was fascinating and I loved the overall aesthetic. Eventhough this is supposed to be a very short read, it took me forever and fifteen days to finish it and certainly wasn’t worth my time.
What’s an adaptation you like more than the book it is based on? Let me know in the comments!