I’m not very fond of books that have movie or television series tie-in cover art. It’s one of my pet peeves. But I have watched some of those movies or series. Today’s FaveFiveFriday asks me to share my favorite five such adaptations.
My Favorite Movies/Series Adapted From Books
1. Game of Thrones (adapted from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin)
I have read only a couple of the books so far. Without a doubt, the books have aspects that are better. I feel, at least with the first season of Game of Thrones, the series was adapted quite well from the first book. The main events happen in the same order. Some of the relationships between characters are portrayed correctly. Not every reader would love this series, but I know people who are yet to read even one book, and yet love the TV series a lot.
2. The Book Thief (adapted from the book of the same name by Markus Zuzak)
This is a book I read last year. I even gifted to some of my friends. I think the character of Liesel Meminger, in particular, was very beautifully portrayed by Sophie Nelisse. Even Roger Allam’s voice as the voice of Death, the narrator, felt right. I will be reading this book again soon.
3. The Fault in our Stars (adapted from the book of the same name by John Green)
I must confess that it’s a book I have read only in parts, but one of my friends had the movie adaptation and I watched that. Shailene Woodsley portrays Hazel Grace almost like how I had imagined the character to be portrayed when I read the book. My favorite character in the adaptation is that of Augustus Walters. Hearing Augustus’s letter in his voice at the end of the movie was beautifully sad.
4. Kandukondain Kandukondain (adapted from the book Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)
I watched the movie before I read the book. I realized that the movie was an adaptation of this book only when I was checking Wikipedia afterward. The character sketches match quite well. Indian movies add their own touch of masala, but with the beauty of the setting and the characters themselves so true to the book, I felt happy.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (adapted from the book of the same name by JK Rowling)
I have watched all eight movies, and read all seven books. It is not possible for every aspect of the book to become a part of the movie. I know that too. And I like all 8 movies as well. But to be honest, most of them weren’t excellent adaptations of the books. The first movie was the best. The script covered almost all important events, the characters felt like how I had imagined them to be, and it is a movie I watch even now.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
1st September, 2017)