MOVIE NIGHTS: book-to-movie adaptations πŸ“–πŸ“½οΈ

today’s theme: BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS πŸ“–πŸ“½οΈ

CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE MUFFINS

I was craving chocolatey goodness, so I tried to bake Starbucks’ chocolate cheesecake muffins (because they are amazing). I baked them because I wanted 20, not just 1 from Starbucks. Sadly, they tasted nothing like them. Sophie 0, multinational corporation 1. Nonetheless, they hit my craving.

my rating: 5/10

movie one: THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR [2019]

synopsis: A hopeless romantic ambivalent about his future in medical school falls for a hard-luck young woman who doesn’t believe in love. [view trailer]

age rating: 12A

genre: romance, drama

my rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 6/10

favourite character(s): Natasha and Charles

The book was one of my favourite contemporaries. A slice of life book that was poetic and beautiful. It paid attention to the simple beauty, joy and emotions of living. I was curious to see how the film tackled this.

Firstly, I can say the vibes matched. It felt like an indie film with the cinematic shots, attention to detail and the way the movie wants to make you feel something more than entertainment. I was actually impressed how it captured that same energy of the book. I especially loved how it would have artsy snippets “outside the film”.

I know this movie isn’t too popular, and I can see why. I could criticise it more than I will, but I overall liked it. Naturally, all the aspects from the book I enjoyed. It felt like a first date, all that energy. The newness, how your feelings overtake everything and the excitement of new possibilities. Plus, I liked how it made you think, from talking about important topics to philosophical ideas. All these themes really suited the filming style.

I didn’t like the epilogue. I didn’t like the one in the book either, but the film one was worse. The story should end when the day ends, in my opinion. Nonetheless, I liked the film. I didn’t love it, so I won’t be jumping to watch it again. But I’m still glad I checked it out.

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movie two: THE BOOK THIEF [2013]

synopsis: While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. [view trailer]

age rating: 12A

genre: historic, war, drama

my rating: β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/10

favourite character(s): Max, Rudy, Mama

I’ll admit I was in a sulky mood when I watched this movie, but it was sooo disappointing. Like most of the book community, I loved this book. It was different, clever and powerfully emotional. The movie felt like none of that. Strange because the actual scenes seemed lifted from the book. I think it was lacking the spirit of the book. This story was meant to be consumed in a literacy format. To capture big emotions, rich language and provide the extra layers only written words can give.

Certain things were more than just a missing element but a genuine dislike… the film should have been in German instead of accented English, the acting in the emotional end scene felt poor, and I disliked the narrator.

Due to my resounding disappointment, I know I am being too harsh on the movie. It did talk about important topics and gave an insight into living in Germany at the time of WW2. Focusing on the small details managed to capture big themes. Yet, for me, it was an error to watch this movie. I should have known the book was the best format and left it alone. Especially as I think it has made me look down on the book a little. I truly hope most people had a better experience with this movie than I did.

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movie three: indian horse [2017]

synopsis: Follows the life of Native Canadian Saul Indian Horse as he survives residential school and life amongst the racism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles stereotypes and alcoholism. [view trailer]

age rating: not rated

genre: drama, sport, historic

my rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 8/10

favourite character(s): Saul, Virgil

A very true adaptation of the book. I actually think this is what book adaptation should be like… It made the scenes come alive, and the visual aids enhanced the story.

This story is important because it talks about the horrific residential schools. This story highlights the severity and multitude of the torture endured by Native Canadian children and the aftermath. Following Saul from child to adult made the story feel more personal than ever, and the breadth of time this story covered allowed you to see the lifelong effects and emotional devastation of residential schools. It talked about how racism can take away the safe spaces people carve out for themselves and what the road to healing can involve. This story was important because we can’t allow them to be forgotten.

The book’s storytelling style was compelling, from vivid succinct scene descriptions to limited weighted dialogue. Through this, it explored multitudes of emotions, and the movie did the exact same in the best way. Touching on great pain and trauma, to individual solace and community support.

I felt like the whole story was enhanced by the filming style. I loved the shots, the effective use of stillness and silence to convey heavy emotions and how the movie showed Indigenous communities’ bonds in quietly powerful ways. It was well made and, like I’ve said, an elementary example of what a book to movie adaptation should be.

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movie tv show four: SHADOW AND BONE [2021-]

synopsis: Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world. [view trailer]

age rating: 15

genre: fantasy, adventure

my rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 7/10

favourite character(s): Alina, David, Jesper

I had a lot of expectations for this show, and honestly, I want season 2 more than I wanted season 1. But the first is the best place to start.

I still believe the combination of the two books was unnecessary. Maybe because I knew it had to come to nothing. Thankfully, it was still easy entertainment. The main perk was seeing the characters brought to life. They felt perfect to me. Six of Crows especially… Jesper was full of charisma like I wanted. Kaz was a walking Tumblr post, so pretty accurate. Inej, STUNNING. Matthias and Nina, the connection was perfect.

I was surprised to find that a lot of my interest gravitated toward Alina and Mal. The TV show sooooo improved them in my mind. I actually love them and seeing their history too. Lucky for me, seeing as they were the central plot carriers of S1 too.

Honestly, I loved the visuals, the outfits, the dialogue, the characters and the humour. YES, I have to talk about the humour. It felt nicely balanced. Quite prevalent but, to me, not overdone. The only minor downfall was the plot pace. It has slow patches, and as I said, the book mix up didn’t make sense to me. But, then again, Inej loving Alina almost made me adore it. Thankfully episode 5 was a turning point in the series, and it needed it. The episode where David came in, just saying. It had more action and more twists. The second half of season one was more substantial than the first half.

I think season 2 will be even better because the book content for both the plots (siege and storm, six of crows) was more entertaining to me in the first place. Fingers crossed, they do it justice. I think they will.

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I thought it was really interesting that I had different reactions to each adaptation…

(1) underwhelming adaptation (the sun is also a star)
(2) completely disappointed (the book thief)
(3) perfect translation from book to screen (indian horse)
(4) improved upon the book (shadow & bone)

book-to-screen adaptations I can’t wait for…

(1) QUEENIE (channel 4)
(2) HEARTSTOPPER (netflix)
(3) THE GREEN BONE SAGA !! (peacock)
(4) we are finally getting…THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO (netflix film)
(5) DAISY JONES AND THE SIX (amazon prime)
(6) NINTH HOUSE (amazon prime)
(7) RAYBEAER (netflix)

Thank you for joining me on my watch party and, until next time…

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What has been your favourite book-to-screen adaptation? What ones are you looking forward to? Have you seen any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Do you agree with my thoughts?


21 thoughts on “MOVIE NIGHTS: book-to-movie adaptations πŸ“–πŸ“½οΈ

  1. Gosh I can’t wait for the heartstopper adaptation to be out, I’ve been waiting for that since forever! (I’m a bit obsessed with the teaser trailer lol)
    The green bone saga is getting an adaptation? WHY HAVENT I HEARD OF THIS BEFORE (I’m currently reading jade legacy and I absolutely love all the characters and the story and everything)
    This post was great and idk if I have told you this before, but I absolutely love your blog aesthetic!

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    1. haha, the heartstopper adaptation holds so much promise. I’m excited to see what it is like and I feel like everyone is going to be talking about which is exciting! I believe the main trailer comes out tomorrow!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ I hope it is everything you want!! πŸ’•
      ahh… the green bone saga is ah-mazing!! It makes me soo happy to hear you love the books because they are stunning works of art. I believe the show has been greenlighted so quite a few steps to go but fingers crossed it all goes well because I need it. I already can’t wait to share my excitement about it with you!! πŸ’š
      Thank you so much Jan, glad you liked the post and thank youuuu so much. That’s means a lot πŸ₯ΊπŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. I’m never that much into adaptions but I was very curious about The Sun is also a star. I have read the book a couple of weeks ago and was curious about the movie. I haven’t watched it yet but reading your review of it, I might give it a chance just to check it out.

    I have never heard of Indian Horse before but I will definitely check out the book now. This post is great, I loved reading it. πŸ™‚

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    1. I am always interested in adaptations, I think because my love of film came before my love of books. I’m glad you are interested in The Sun is Also A Star… I really enjoyed the interpretation, even if the book was still better! I really hope you enjoy the movie though! πŸ’•
      I thought Indian Horse was a powerful read, quite a few trigger warnings with it so take care, but I hope you like the book as much as I did.
      Thank youuuu so much!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯°

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  3. AHH okay is it weird that I’ve read almost all of these books but basically haven’t seen almost any of these adaptations?? i really need to watch more book-to-screen adaptations thenπŸ˜‚ And the shadow and bone adaptation WAS SO BRILLIANT EEEK, I cannot wait for the next season!!

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    1. haha that is a fun coincidence !! I had been behind on adaptations until recently so I totally get that! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      ahh… Shadow & Bone did really great with the show and I am so excited for s2 too, I need it now πŸ˜‚

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  4. The green bone saga has to be the one adaptation that I am both excited and nervous about. I can’t wait to see who they cast for it though.

    I share in your sentiment of the Book Thief. There was something about that film that felt so hollow, which was such a contrast to how moving the book was.

    I’d say the best book adaptation for me will always be the lord of the rings. That’s an example of a film series that truly captured the spirit of the books, even with the changes ect.

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    1. Ahh… I agree the excitement and nerves for the green bone saga is high up there πŸ˜… I hope Fonda Lee has a good amount of control on the show 🀞🏻 the cast announcement would be amazing… Just everything. 😍

      Yes, that is exactly it!! It felt hollow. Thank you for your perfect wording of emotions as always πŸ˜‚ such a shame about the movie though.

      I’ve never read the LOTR books but I love the movies so much. Iconic. So happy to hear they captured the spirit of the books too!!

      Thank you for reading Lois πŸ’ž

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  5. Sophie!!!! I love this kind of post and the way you formatted it. I got such a good feeling for why you liked or didn’t like a movie and why you’d recommend it.
    As for the Book Thief, I was actually a heathen and watched it before reading the book. In a way, I suppose that was good for me, because I enjoyed the movie and then just wrecked by the book instead of reading it first and then getting disappointed. I will, however, say that Ben Schnetzer ist forever my Max Vandeburg and I love that character beyond reason. He is one of my literary husbands.

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    1. Thank youuu so much πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯°β€οΈ I’m glad you got a good feeling what I thought… reviews can be quite tricky at times πŸ˜‚
      Aww… 🀣🀣 I am glad you liked The Book Thief movie… Not reading the book could have been a blessing. I think the spirit was missing, but I know I also became overly critical because of my disappointment!!
      Haha the actors for Max and Liesel were my favourite!! And Max is sweet!!
      Thank you for reading and your lovely comment πŸ’ž

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  6. Your cakes look lovely, even if they weren’t like the Starbucks ones. I’m not sure if I’ve ever actually tried them. You should check out Jane’s Patisserie sometime, there are some fantastic bakes on there.

    I haven’t read or seen The Sun Is Also A Star πŸ™ˆ I’ll try to make sure to get to the book before the movie though. And sorry to hear about the epilogue I’m glad the movie captured the right overall feeling though.

    I liked The Book Thief movie but I’m also the terrible reader who hasn’t got to the book yet so I didn’t really have anything to compare it too. And I don’t think it was my favourite WWII film. I’ll let you know when I FINALLY read the book.

    I haven’t heard of Indian Horse but it sounds like both the book & movie are powerful. I’m glad both were hits with you. There’s nothing better than finding a good adaptation πŸ’—

    Ooh oh oh yay glad to hear David was a hit with you!! I can’t wait to watch Shadow & Bone but definitely getting all of the Grisha books read first!! Sounds like they’ve done a wonderful job character wise though and I’m so intrigued. I really hope season 2 is as good as you imagine. Hopefully it’ll be another Teen Wolf where the next season takes a massive leap enjoyment wise. Especially as you preferred the later episodes.

    Omg I didn’t even know some of these adaptations were coming.Β  Definitely need to read Evelyn Hugo before it’s out!! And Raybearer. How had I not heard about that one? Same with Green Bone saga. πŸ€”Fingers crossed they all turn out wonderful. And that Ninth House does Darlington justice. We NEED Darlington!! I also think Scythe (still also on my tbr) has an adaptation out sometime.

    My favourite is Hunger Games. Those adaptations were spectacular with the perfect Katniss. Oh and with Lovely Bones I preferred the adaptation. To be fair i did see the movie first but the book wasn’t really for me anyway. Some of the book scenes were so weird.

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    1. Aww.. Thank you πŸ₯° they were tasty enough. Great with ice cream actually! The Starbucks ones are fab! Yesss… That is an amazing website!! ❀️ I need to look on them more actually!!

      I would definitely recommend The Sun Is Also A Star… Very slice of life but I love that. It has a great feeling!! I hope you enjoy it if you do πŸ₯° I was glad the movie captured the feeling too!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book thief movie… I felt like I was overly critical tbf but I was just disappointed!! The book felt more about capturing emotion and the movie didn’t. Haha, hope you enjoy the book as much as basically everyone πŸ˜‚

      Indian Horse is really well made and I loved the adaptation!! I agree, when the adaptation is great, you dream of adaptations for all your fave books!!

      I loved David… Only brief scenes but perfect 😍 I so hope you love the show too! Definitely did amazing with the casting and it seems unanimous among the book community too 😍
      Hopefully 🀞🏻 true that would be great!! Indeed, it just picked up pace!!

      Please read Evelyn Hugo πŸ˜πŸ’šπŸ’š yeah Raybearer and Green Bone Saga were released on the respective authors’ Instagram. They are still in very early stages, maybe that’s why πŸ€” hopefully 🀞🏻
      The casting of Darlington has a lot of weight I agree πŸ˜… hopefully Leigh Bardugo will have a lot of say because I trust her!!
      Oh ofc I need to read the Scythe books too!!

      Hunger Games did seem great. I loved the movies (just never read the books)!! I haven’t seen or read Lovely Bones, seems best to watch the movie then πŸ˜…

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      1. That’s good!! I’ll try to remember to try one if I ever go to Starbucks. It is. Her apple crumble cake is lovely 😍

        I do hope to read it one day. I’ll let you know when I finally get to it!! I’ll read the book then watch the movie to compare.

        Adaptations are hard as you tend to go into them with a lot of expectations. And hopefully. I so don’t want to be the odd one out πŸ™ˆ especially for an emotional read.

        Thats good. And so true. But when they’re bad you panic about the upcoming ones too!!

        Yay. I did like him in the books. Ooh I so hope so then 🀞🀞 hopefully reading Six Of Crows next month.

        I do plan to. Hopefully this year. Ah right. That could be it. Plus I don’t think I follow them atm πŸ€” I need to follow more authors tbh as I only have a handful & they tend to share great book Recs.
        Ooh yes hopefully. Who better to help find a perfect Darlington than his creator?
        Me too. That’s another I’m hoping to get out of the library this year.

        I still can’t believe you never read the books. Although for me that was back when I never fell into slumps & managed to always read the book first. Most things after that I failed πŸ˜” the movie is definitely worth checking out. The book not so much. But it must work for some people or it wouldn’t be so popular 🀷

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        1. Yayy do it 😍 oohh I’ll have to look that one up!

          Oohh sounds great. I really hope you like both 😍

          I agree, it is the expectation that can ruin adaptation. I hope not, but it is well written so 🀞🏻

          Haha very true!! The fear can be strong πŸ˜…

          Oohh yay!! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts 😍

          Yayyy! I tend to only follow authors I have read so makes sense! True, I need to follow more authors too. A lot of content I could be getting, although I don’t want to be bombarded either!
          Exactly, and she has done wonders with the shadow & bone casting so I am hopeful!
          Yay!!

          I know πŸ™ˆ I wasn’t to into reading then though! Aww.. It is hard to keep up with upcoming adaptations. There are loads I need to read. Aww.. I’ll keep that in mind thank you ❀️

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          1. Let me know if you ever try anything from there.

            Thank you.

            Yes especially if they go in different directions or change characters too much.

            It can πŸ™ˆ

            I follow a few I havent read as their books sound so much like my sort. But then I worry about spoilers πŸ™ˆ think that, and how little I use Instagram atm, is why I don’t follow more atm. Yeah I get that about not getting bombarded too.
            Can’t wait to see what I think of the show.

            Ah right. It was when I was at my best reading wise. It can be overwhelming. I hope we both manage to read the ones we want before they come out.

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            1. I will!!
              Oh yeah spoilers can be a whole minefield, even fanart can give things anyway so I understand that on Instagram!
              Me too!!
              Hopefully we can 🀞🏻❀️

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  7. obsessed with the fact you had chocolate cheesecake muffins for this movie session hahah currently, i am also snacking but on pΓ£o de queijo, which is basically brazilian cheese bread and the world’s 7th wonder.

    i’ve never read the sun is also a star but i did like the movie. i agree the epilogue was a bit too much though. my mom really likes this one and i frequently catch her watching when it’s on the TV hahah.

    i think involving the two books in shadow and bone was actually so clever! probably because i wouldn’t watch it had it just been a shadow & bone adaptation hahah but i do agree that mal and alina are fantastic in the show! i grew as attached to them as i was to the crows, which i certainly did not expect!

    i recently watched the goldfinch and while i’ve never read the book, i saw that most reviews were of people who loved the novel and felt like the movie couldn’t really capture its essence, kinda similar to how you described your experience with the book thief. i think not every book should get a movie adaptation tbh. some stories are better told than watched!

    this post was so great, sophie! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Haha love a little treat πŸ˜‚ oohh pΓ£o de queijo sounds amazing. I just googled some images and wow 😍 I will have to try some!!

      I still recommend reading the book for the sun is also a star because I felt like there was more to appreciate and the audiobook was great!! Haha I love that, glad your mum likes it 😍

      It was done well I admit, I think it was more of a mental block on my part because I knew it didn’t need to be there I guess πŸ˜… but very true, it probably did encourage people to see the shadow & bone side considering six of crows is a lot more popular. Same, I didn’t expect to love mal and alina as much but yay 😍

      I remember seeing the trailer for the goldfinch, but didn’t know anymore about it. Interesting that most people felt that way. I do find screen adaptation can struggle to capture the spirit of some books but I also understand how that can be hard sometimes. I agree, some stories are meant for literary format and that alone!!

      Thank you soooo much Lais πŸ’ž I loved reading your comment ❀️❀️

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