So far, I’m keeping up with me reviewing a book every other week, and posting a bookish post in between. Yay me.
Anyways. Peoples. Today I am opening myself up to you and admitting my flaws (yes, I do actually have some). Please don’t kill me for it.
1. The Narnias
So I grew up with these movies. Me, my sister, and basically our only friend growing up (hey, we’ve always been introverts!) watched all the movies, read all the books, he had tons of toys and we had costumes. We did role-plays. Everything. It was my childhood. I was Lucy, Jess was Susan, our friend was Peter, and when Lil’ Bro occasionally played, he was Edmund. Needless to say, we were obsessed.
For the second two movies (Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) we watched them in theaters. And read the books first, though I can’t say the same for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. And I have to admit, I love the movies just as much as the books. I think that it really helped that I read and watched them all at the same time.
And can we all flail at how NERVOUS WE ARE FOR THE NEW SILVER CHAIR MOVIE?!?! (Spoiler: I am.)
2. Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit
Haha … so … I didn’t read the books first. Well, I read The Hobbit first. And, well, I’ve only read The Fellowship of the Ring. *hides* Please don’t kill me.
I’m one who loves fantasy (and sci-fi!) movies, along with epicness and battle scenes and
stuff. So LotR was AWESOME. I was SO EXCITED when Jess, Trev, and I were FINALLY allowed to watch these movies!!
Sam is my all-time favorite. I mean, how could you NOT love him?? (Plus: He’s Sean Astin, so…)
Though I DID read The Hobbit first. Well, audiobooked it twice, then again recently. Every year for Christmas when one of these came out Dad, Jess, Trev, and I would all go and watch it. It was awesome.
3. The Maze Runner
I must admit: I surprised myself by liking The Maze Runner trilogy. But I do. A lot. So for my b-day last year, we rented this (a week late, though. It was
a bad b-day, so we shan’t discuss it.), and I was uber nervous. I mean, I’d heard mixed things on both the books and the movies.
But I loved it just as much as the books! For all of the movie’s flaws … it definitely un-borified the book, which was AWESOME. (Also, need I mention Thomas Brodie-Sangster???)
Though I have not seen The Scorch Trials, so I’m super excited for that…
4. The Hunger Games
Hehehe, sooooo. This is awkward, but I actually haven’t read the books. I know. I know. How could I, a loyal-to-the-gory-death bookworm, watch so many movies before the books?? Jessica, that’s what. She always reads the book first (except for Crooked Kingdom … hahahaha!!), so then she always REALLY wants to watch the movie. So if I want to watch the movie at all, I have to do so before the books. 😥
BUT. I did enjoy the movies. I remember when they first came out that I swore that I’d never read the books/watch the movies, and now look at me! Sis and I watched movies 2&3 while everyone else was (miraculously) gone. And let me say, even ice cream couldn’t solve #3’s ending…
5. Harry Potter
Another one of these book series that I horriedly didn’t read before the movies. But this is the same scenario as book(s) #4.
Anyways, I’ve STILL ONLY READ the first HP book. Technically. But Mom and Trevor read aloud all seven books, so I’ve basically already heard all of the plots and everything.
I did love the movies, though. An excellent cast, if I may say so myself.
6. The Giver
Hey! Hey! I actually read the book first!
I had read this book a few times and LOVED it. So when I saw that there was a movie, well…
Mom and I watched it, and I really enjoyed it! Okay, so it’s not as good as the book – the again, when is it ever? – but it’s still really good! I liked Brenton Thwaites as Jonas, though I was disappointed in the whole romance aspect.
7. Jurassic Park
Okay, like, I didn’t even know that this was a book. I’ve watched all four Jurassic movies, and I’ve loved them (mostly 1 and 4, though). People being stupid with dinosaurs? What could go wrong!
I have not read the book yet, but apparently BOTH of my libraries have it, so we’ll see….
(Yes, I do have two libraries! 😉 )
8. The Martian
This movie’s, um, well. Yeah. The book was DEFINITELY better. Mom had watched this without reading the book (shame on her! Who would do such a thing??), and had loved it. I, honestly, don’t really care for Matt Damon, so that played into the effect.
Plus, I absolutely ADORED the book, and was hoping for something a little more … accurate. (Which reminds me, I still need to post my Martian review … someone remind me in the comments!)
So how ’bout you all?? Do any of you have any book-to-movie adaptations that you like? Or don’t for that matter? Do you agree with me at all?? Let me know in the comments below! (And someone really should remind me about that review…)