Book to Screen Adaptations That Are *Actually* Good

As readers, it is no secret that when our favorite books are announced to be turning into a show or movie, there’s usually a mix of emotions. Mostly, excitement and nervousness. A lot of times, movies/shows tend to ~mess up~ the book and I could probably give more bad examples of adaptations than good.

All that being said, there are definitely adaptations out there that have lived up to my expectations, and even a few that have surpassed them. All of these are my opinions and I’m only going to be talking about adaptations where I have read the book AND watched the movie or show.

I also want to say that my first ever blog post was actually about my favorite book to screen adaptations, so fun fact! This is a 2.0 version of that 😁

The Hunger Games

Okay, duh, we’re starting off with a classic. The Hunger Games franchise is so iconic and, in my opinion, the best adaptation from the whole 2012-2015 dystopian craze. I mean yes, Divergent and The Maze Runner were pretty good too, but they just don’t live up to the o.g. The movies actually did not stray too far from the books and the casting was done to perfection. There was soooo much hype around these movies and it actually also led to more people reading the books, so that’s totally a win in my books 😌

Little Fires Everywhere

So as someone whose whole online presence is literally just talking about books, I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this but,,,the show was better than the book. IN MY OPINION, and I don’t know if this is a popular one or not, but as much as I liked the book, I just felt Hulu’s adaptation really fleshed out all the characters and displayed the subtlety of a lot of their interactions in a more clear way. This is also an example in which the show actually did make quite a few notable changes but they all actually made it better ?? Anyways, if you haven’t read the book then you 100% should go do that and then watch it.

Gone Girl

When I tell you all that this is the best thriller I’ve ever read,,, 🤯 Literally unless you get spoiled, I feel like it’s almost impossible to guess the plot twists coming your way. The movie also did an amazing job translating the book onto the screen, and capturing the overall vibes. To summarize, this follows a seemingly ‘perfect, couple who have just moved from New York to Missouri. However, when Amy, the wife, goes missing, all clues point to Nick, her husband. There are so many unexpected moments and the ending will have your mind completely blown.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Is this a children’s book? Yes. Do I still love and recommend it? Also yes. Roald Dahl was definitely a staple of my childhood and so many of his books have been turned into movies so I knew for sure I wanted to include at least one of his works in this post. Ultimately I chose Fantastic Mr. Fox because it’s one I have really fond memories of not only reading the book but also watching the movie (many, many times). I also think it’s a film that can be enjoyed by all ages and is one I keep coming back to.

Ready Player One

I almost considered not even including this one on the list because I know a lot of people who read the book didn’t like the movie. But I did! Honestly the movie is quite different from the book in that they left out a lot of events and changed some characters. Normally when that happens it’s annoying and not as good, however, I actually liked all these differences and think the changes they made worked well with the movie format. In general, I found the concept of Ready Player One to be really interesting.

Shadow & Bone

We’re ending with one of my favorites and most recent adaptation on this list. Shadow & Bone did an immaculate job adapting the book into a show, and I honestly have hardly any complaints. I cannot think of a better cast to accurately portray the characters we all know and love. Even though there are some big differences and changes made, I love how the show flows! Can’t wait for season 2 👀👀

Okay! I hope you all enjoyed this post and I’ll be back soon with my July wrap-up!

What are your favorite book to film adaptations? Have you seen any of these?

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22 thoughts on “Book to Screen Adaptations That Are *Actually* Good”

  1. i’m kind of bad at watching movies/shows in general, let alone adaptations, but i definitely enjoyed watching shadow & bone! i thought they did a good job of keeping a lot of the important stuff + adding in new things (and incorporating the crows haha). i’ve also heard great things about little fires from everywhere—including some people saying that they thought the show was better like you haha—and i really need to get around to finishing the book!

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  2. I definitely enjoyed Shadow & Bone (despite how I feel like they dropped the ball on the racism subplot)! But so far I think The Hunger Games may be imo the best book to movie adaptation ever. I didn’t care for the next 2 movies tbh but The Hunger Games? Chef’s kiss.

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  3. aarushi!! ahh so good to see your post on my reader ❤ i've been a bit absent because school is a tyrant my apologies! but thank you for the recs ahh… i've watched the movie of ready player one and loved it, but i haven't read the book yet oops but i'm definitely keen to try! and ooh shadow and bone, i truly want to watch it soon after reading the trilogy, i can't wait to see the crows on screen! lovely post as always, hope you're doing well! ❤

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    1. omg hey Cherelle, it’s great to see you back!! i hope school is going well and of course that comes first 💞 ah yeah, i actually read the book for Ready Player One after watching the movie and they’re quite different but good in their own ways. omg yes, the crows on screen were amazinggg, you’ll definitely love them once you get around to watching the show! thanks for the lovely comment and hope august is treating you well so far <33

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  4. WONDERFUL POST!! 💕 The Hunger Games really set the bar high for YA book adaptations. As I reread the book I kept picturing the movies and that just proves how well they adapted it! For Shadows and Bone they did their own thing but still kept the essence of the book and I loved seeing my favourite characters come to life! I have been very intrigued by Little Fires Everywhere and it’s reassuring to see it on this list! 🥰

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    1. ahh thank you! yess The Hunger Games is like the blueprint for so many other book to movie adaptations and they did a fantastic job. i totally get what you mean about seeing the scenes play out as you read the book! & my favorite part about Shadow & Bone was definitely seeing the characters we’d grown to love come to life! i hope you enjoy Little Fires Everywhere as much as i did 💖

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  5. Hunger Games was so, so good! An almost perfect adaptation. I think they’re now adapting the new one… the ballad snake one. 😭 I do have to disagree with you on Ready Player One I’m sorry but I loved that book so much and the movie so different, I was so sad.

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    1. oo really? that’s so interesting, i never nead the ballad snake book just because of all the negative reviews 😳 & that is totally fine! i know most people who have the read book don’t like the movie adaptation. for me it was different because i watched the movie first and then read the book so they were both enjoyable in their own ways 😅

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