hellooo everyone. We have a guest today let’s welcome eleanor aka notsomoderngirl. I’ll hand over to her now. 🙂
Hi there! Thank you so much to Anisa for letting me publish a post on her blog today- I love her posts (aww youre welcome lol) and am honoured to feature here.
So I thought a fun post would be my top 5 favourite book to film adaptations, as I love to see how directors and screen-writers translate our favourite novels into brilliant films. I know many booklovers can become close to characters in their favourite novels, so navigating a good film adaptation can be tricky business. These are some of my favourites. While I may not watch all of these now, I loved them so much when they first came out!
1. ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green
I feel like this book/film has been over-hyped and spoken about excessively, and it’s not particularly something I would read or watch now because my reading habits have changed, but when I was younger and this film came out, I was super excited. I think the director managed to successfully recreate the characters of this book in his film, and the raw emotions and light humour of the book were brilliantly portrayed.
2. ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ by Sue Monk Kidd
This is a fantastic book, and when I watched the film in history class I was equally impressed by the recreation of this novel on screen. The characters were exactly as I imagined, as Sue Monk Kidd’s characters are rich and intense, and so I was concerned that the same intensity would not be translated on screen. The key themes of race relations, family bonds and mental health were also brilliantly tackled.
3. ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier
This is one of my all-time favourite novels, and the film by Hitchcock is also amazing. While Hitchcock changes a key detail due to the constraints at the time, he manages to incorporate the key story by du Maurier, while still retaining his own style and dramatic atmosphere. Hitchcock was such a perfect choice for recreating the tension, mystery and suspense of ‘Rebecca’ on screen. The fact that it is in black and white just makes it that much better.
4. ‘The Help’ by Kathryn Stockett
This is another book which focuses on the race relations of the American South. I actually watched this film before reading the book (I know, a cardinal sin). While the film does change or omit some events in the book, perhaps opting to make the film a little less heavy than the hard-hitting novel by Kathryn Stockett, this film is nevertheless a fantastic watch.
5. ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ by Philippa Gregory
This is another book that I read after I’d watched the film. I used to be obsessed with this film, and the book is equally as good. Philippa Gregory’s books are so seeped in history, and she greatly researches her novels, and so I thought it was brilliant how this film managed to build the characters, romance and intrigue of the Tudor court, while still following the historical events as described by Philippa Gregory.
yay that’s all for today! anyone new movies you’re gonna watch later? Have you seen any of these movies? What are your thoughts?
ps sorry for the little hiatus I’ve been busy with school, I’ll be coming back with a heck lot of reviews (my poor arc pile rip) stay tuned! also go check out eleanors blog, its awesome!