If you missed my first book to movie adaptations post, head over here to have a read. In this post I’ve done a round-up of all the best book to movie adaptations that were recommended to me by the Book Connectors Group.
I mainly asked just to get some fresh inspiration – there’s plenty of movies and books that I’ve missed along the way and I wanted to rectify this! I was overwhelmed with responses so I’ve whittled it down to six adaptations that seemed to crop up more than a few times!
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
When I was younger my Mum and Dad had the VHS of this and still to this day I can remember the front cover / box vividly. I remember watching it as a child and not really understanding the complexities of what was going on as the final curtain comes down on WWII. Now I’m a little older I’d love to revisit the film, but I’ll be sure to read the book first as it sounds amazing (and I’m sad I didn’t have this on my list sooner!).
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
I’m going to be controversial here and say that I didn’t absolutely love The Girl on The Train. It was enjoyable, sure, but I found it a little samey and a bit predictable – it didn’t scream fresh, exciting crime fiction at me. I know other people have absolutely raved about the book though. I went into the film with low hopes; mainly because I was disappointed that it was set in NYC instead of London (as written in the book). BUT, I ended up really enjoying the film – it was fast paced, engrossing and darkly chilling.
Drive by James Sallis
Now, I’ve seen the film of this one but never knew it was a book until author Harriet Cummings mentioned it on Twitter. Apparently the book is great but doesn’t have quite as much of the love story in it. Looking at other reviews for the book, it says Sallis’ style is minimalist, noir and evocative – much like the film then!
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I saw this advertised at the cinema earlier this year (I think?) and although it’s a YA book and a children’s film, it looked absolutely heart-breaking. I’d love to watch the film, however I’m holding off on it for the time being as I know I’ll need to be emotionally ready with a stash of tissues by my side!
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
This novel won the Booker Prize in 1989 and is now a contemporary classic. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the English countryside and into his past. I’ve neither read the book or watched the film of this one and it sounds right up my street; the film has an all-star cast with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
The Book Thief
I’ve seen the film of this one, which I thoroughly enjoyed but never got around to reading the book. The lovely people in the Book Connectors group assured me the adaptation is a fantastic one and captures the story perfectly.
Right, I’m off to get Netflix on, the snacks in and have a night snuggled on the sofa. Let me know if there are any must-read/watch adaptations and I’ll add them to my (ever-growing) list.