Top 5 Friday: Book to Movie Adaptations

I know it's been a while since I made a Top 5 Friday post, but I'm bringing it back today in the form of book to movie adaptations! There are plenty of great adaptations out there, but these are a few that at least fit the following criteria:

  • I've read the original text.
  • The film accurately represents the original text.
  • It's a quality film that can stand firm on its own.

For starters, making this list was so difficult! I wanted to add The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, but I haven't actually read LoTR or Harry Potter (~hides from angry fangirls~).  As much as I love The Hunger Games films, there's still one more to go, so it would feel slightly wrong to include any of the current films if the last one could potentially be my favorite.

Now that the flimsy excuses are over with, let's get started with the actual list!

5. Tuck Everlasting (2002)

As a children's/middle grade book, this story deals with love, death and mortality in a way that's tangible for a younger audience.  Even though it's not 100 percent accurate from what I can remember, the movie captures the overall essence of the book and still tugs on my heartstrings whenever I watch it.

Also, Johnathon Jackson. o___o

4. Holes (2003)

Besides being a memorable part of my childhood, Holes was incredibly accurate to the book and is one of those movies I'll always enjoy watching. Like most children's stories, the plot itself is also pretty ridiculous, but that just makes me love it all the more.

3.  The Great Gatsby (2013)

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The 1920's would have been considered modern times to the characters of The Great Gatsby, and the vibrant colors and integration of modern music captured this perfectly. The movie didn't seem like it was portraying a period in the past; it was as if the characters and setting were on the cutting edge of style, which further emphasized the parallels between the story and real life.

2. Jane Eyre (2011)

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I know I've mentioned Jane Eyre several times on my blog, but I absolutely love this movie and the story as a whole. The book has a mysterious, almost ethereal mood throughout, and I think the 2011 adaptation captured this wonderfully. Even though it's not perfectly accurate to every detail, the actors portray the characters in a way the feels raw and true to the story. It also has a lovely soundtrack, so if you don't have time to watch the movie, you can check it out right here!

1. Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Seriously, this movie is beautiful. The scenery, the soundtrack (listed below), the characters, the people playing the characters...everything about this movie simply beautiful. This movie captures the essence of Pride and Prejudice and turns it into something magical.

What are your favorite book to movie adaptations? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

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  1. Tuck Everlasting was such an amazing book and movie!! I'm pretty sure I cried at the end... I really liked Holes too. I'm not much a fan of Knightley, I still love the older one from 1940 with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier *swoon*

    Nice post!

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I'm pretty sure Winnie and Jesse were one of my first ships ever. XD I haven't seen the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice, but I'm sure it's lovely! :)

  2. These movies all look really good. I have only watched The Great Gatsby, but I will definitely be checking out all the others you mentioned. By the way, I love your blog design!
    Blue Books and Butterflies

    1. Yeah, they're definitely worth the watch. Thanks so much! :)

  3. Jane Eyre (2011) and Pride and Prejudice (2005) are definitely two of my most favorite book to movie adaptations, though I've always loved the Pride and Prejudice (1995) mini-TV series with Colin Firth <3 Awesome post! =D

    1. I have't seen the miniseries, but I've heard great things about it! Thanks!

  4. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE OMG OMG OMG OMG. (I am going to lose it!) I watched the movie and read the book, and I fell in love with the story because it was just so adorable! The story was very light, even if the writing was quite complex ^_^" Still enjoyed it though. I read Jane Eyre, but I had no idea there was a movie! I'm ashamed of myself, HAHA. But I'll definitely watch it real soon if I have the time! <3

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    1. I agree! the writing in P&P seems complex, but back then, it probably would have been the equivalent of our sappy rom-coms XD I found Jane Eyre a little more readable for some reason.
      There are lots of movie/miniseries adaptations of Jane Eyre (and P&P for that matter), but I've only seen those two so far.

  5. Oh, I hardly ever watch films, so I'm surprised to see 3 of my favourites on your list! The soundtrack to Jane Eyre is SO beautiful - I have it on my ipod and often use it for writing inspiration (actually, I might go and watch it now just so I can listen to it!). And I fell in love with Holes when I was 12. I watched it SO many times that the DVD brooke and my book fell apart. Because I was cool then, obviously!
    Beth x