A few weeks ago, I wrote about adaptations that I thought were better than the book (you can read that here). This post, however, is about adaptations that I thought stayed true to the books or entertained me (even though I like the book more) and adaptations that didn’t live up to what I wanted it to be.
Best: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The books are what got me into dystopian, so I had to watch the movies. They were incredible movies and didn’t disappoint me. They are great movies apart from the books and the casting for each character was amazing. Catching Fire is one of my favorite movies and I will forever think these movies lived up to the books.
Worst: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This book is one of my favorite books of all time and one of the things I loved about it was how it depicted fate. That wasn’t represented in the movie in any way. They also changed why Natasha’s family was deported, which changed the entire dynamic of the family. I didn’t hate this movie, but it disappointed me.
Best: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Shadowhunters may have been a lot different compared to the book series, but I still loved the show. I’m still upset that it was canceled and I think that the changes it made were right for a show. The casting was great (especially Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane) and this show was always entertaining. I like the books more, but the show was almost as good.
Worst: Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray is an amazing book, but this adaptation should have never happened. They ended the movie on the worst note and got rid of the last (about) 100 pages. Nikolai Kretzsky’s character was changed completely and the movie took out all of the best scenes from the book.
Best: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Even though the movies left out some of the best scenes (*cough cough* all of the Dobby scenes), I still love the movies. The books were meant for the big screen and were extremely entertaining to watch. It was so much more powerful to watch than reading (pretty much all of the death scenes) and stay relatively true to the books.
Worst: The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
The Lying Game got me into reading, so I was excited to hear that there was an adaptation by the Pretty Little Liars creators. I watched one episode and I had to stop because it was awful. The whole point of the book was that Emma was blackmailed into pretending to be her long-lost dead sister. This was completely changed in the show as it got rid of the mystery aspect that I loved.