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.
Last week we talked about adaptations that were better than the book, today we’re gonna flip the script!
#1 Ready Player One
I tremendously enjoyed this book and was excited about the movie. I was hoping for the 80s aesthetic invoked by the novel and looked forward to seeing all the video games. However, the film disappointed me in all those regards. I didn’t have the visuals I was going for and omitted many of the things specifially mentioned in the book (I assume due to legal reasons).
#2 Love, Simon/Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
In a similar vein, I love that in the book music was an integral part of the story. Simon mentions many bands and songs that I looked up and ended up enjoying a lot. Unfortunately, for the adaptation all that was changed to whatever was popular on the radio at the time. That kinda ruined the film for me to be honest.
#3 The Handmaid’s Tale (1990 movie)
Although I liked the TV show way more then the book, there is a movie version of The Handmaid’s Tale that’s probably one of the worst adaptations I have ever seen in my entire life. Please, never ever make the mistake of watching that. Just stick to the book of the TV version.
#4 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I remember walking through a bookstore and my eye being caught by the cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. These books are rather peculiar themselves and make for a great read. I was excited that there’d be a Tim Burton adaptation but it ended up not hitting the spot. The couldn’t quite capture the right atmosphere and I was so sad that I didn’t end up loving this film.
#5 Kill Your Friends
On my list of worst adaptations of all time, this one ranks pretty highly. John Niven is a great writer and I’ve read a good portion of his books. With the movie version of Kill Your Friends, however, they managed to fuck up pretty much every single thing you could ever fuck up. Just stay away from that flick.
What’s book you liked better than its adaptation? Let me know in the comments!