Every time movie adaptations of books happen, a reader dies. Or something like that! Okay, we are totally kidding you, but it is hard to deny that most movies that come after books already read and loved indeed fall short of expectation.
This need not always be the case, though! There really are some great adaptations out there that could make the reader in you happy. If done well, a movie adaptation of any book could turn out to be a blessing we did not know we needed but deserved. In 2020, several films fall under this category. They span across time and genre – making them suitable for every viewer. We, as you might have already guessed, are keen on bringing them to your attention! Here are five movies that are (almost) as good as the books they were adapted from!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
If we had to end the list here, we would! This one was just that easy.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 coming of age film directed by Stephen Chbosky. Notice anything here? Yes, it is the same Stephen Chbosky who wrote the book that millions of young adults around the world went on to be read! We already know that those movie adaptations that involve the writer turn out great. And if this were what made the movie so good, we wouldn’t be surprised!
The film features Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Mae Whitman in the lead roles. The casting is truly spot-on, and the background scores elevate the movie. We see all the important details translate into the big screen – a very welcome element to any movie!
This is another one of those books that have been turned into movies time and again. The reason behind this could very well be the plotline, which never gets old.
The 2019 version of Little Women might be the best adaptation of the book yet. No, we aren’t saying this just because of the Emma Watson – Saoirse Ronan – Timothée Chalamet trio. In all honesty, while that definitely might be a contributing factor, it is not all there is to the film.
For instance, the script is well-written, and the scenes flow and adapt beautifully. The aesthetic matches the storyline, and everything about it screams “romance.” Finally, if you are looking for a literary classic made into cinema, Little Women is your movie!
In 2014, Amy Dunne waltzed into our lives and took us all by surprise. Because it is the ideal villain of our nightmares, this character will always be remembered for its cut-throat nature. However, fans of the book weren’t surprised by how well the film fared in the cinematic circles!
Gillian Flynn, the original author of the book, has worked on the screenplay for Gone Girl. As a result, we see just how this affects the film. The movie is everything the book was to the reader and more! Amy’s quiet malice sends shivers down our spine as we watch the movie transition from one scene to the next.
Above all, Gone Girl is a great adaptation for any crime enthusiast out there!
Rule Number One of the Fight Club: We’ve got to talk about the Fight Club!
Fight Club is one of those films that can be called a cultural icon without film buffs rolling their eyes. Although the film has become a cult classic, not many know that it was a book first! With that one sentence, we just made every reader’s day!
This being the second David Fincher film on this list, we are beginning to see a pattern here. He might be the crown prince of movie adaptations! Going back to the film – firstly, the cast features Edward Norton and Brad Pitt – a duo that a million viewers will thank the casting director for! Secondly, cinema lovers have taken a manic liking to it!
The bottom line here is this – Fight Club is a great book but an even better movie if we could say so ourselves!
Bridge to Terabithia
Now, you are over the fuzzy romance and the dark humour. It is that time of the year, and all you want right now is a good cry. Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered with this one!
Bridge to Terabithia is a 2007 fantasy drama based on the book of the same name by Katherine Paterson. Although the movie is catered to a different age group than the book, it is a great film nonetheless!
With the movie, you will experience all the emotions the book made you feel and more! The great part about the movie is watching the characters come to life like a peek taken at your mind’s eye! If you’ve already read the book and loved it, the movie will be a great addition to your to-watch if you’ve not read the book yet – no problem! You can still watch and enjoy the film, as with everything else on this list!