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10 Best Book to Movie Adaptations

I’m joining Top Ten Tuesday this week to share my 10 Best Book to Movie Adaptations. Every reader knows those mixed feelings of excitement and dread when a book to movie adaptation is announced. Don’t worry – you’ll be pleased with the all of the movies on my list. While they may not be exact replicas of the book (since that’s virtually impossible), they all stay true to the story.

Pride and Prejudice – The BBC TV series will forever hold the top spot in my heart, but the more recent movie starring Keira Knightley is also wonderful. She’s a perfect fit for Lizzie.

Jane Eyre – Michael Fassbender is now forever Mr Rochester in my eyes. This is a slow burning, intense story that is beautifully depicted on screen.

Lord of the Rings – These epic trilogy is simply phenomenal and captures almost all of the events and characters from the books.

Harry Potter – An obvious choice, but one I can’t leave off this list! Although the first few movies are…not great, they get obviously better as the series progresses. I watch these at every opportunity and never get tired of them!

Gone With the Wind – The movie is almost as long as the book, but it’s worth watching Vivian Leigh’s stellar performance. The dramatic sets, costumes, and supporting characters make this an absolute classic.

The Princess Bride – William Goldman’s fantasy, adventure, love story is beloved by many and the movie understandably developed it’s own cult following. If you’re a fan, I’d highly recommend reading As You Wish: Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. It’s chock full of behind the scenes stories and hilarious anecdotes from Cary and other cast members.

The Shawshank Redemption – This makes many people’s favorite movies list and is quoted everywhere, but did you know it’s based on a short story by Stephen King?

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix took on the first book in this young adult trilogy and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. It captured all the drama and teenage girl emotions of the book perfectly.

Me Before You – JoJo Moyes novel is both heartbreaking and uplifting, which is a tall task for the two main actors. However, I love the acting and chemistry between Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Harry Potter fans will also spot Neville in a supporting role!

The Martian – Matt Damon is Mark Watney. As I read the book, I already pictured him in the role and he nailed it onscreen. Both the sarcastic humor and tense action of the sci fi novel are captured equally well in the movie.

What are your favorite book to movie adaptations?

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    May 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Absolutely The Princess Bride! Did you ever get into the show Psych? He had a guest roll for a handful of episodes and even playing a thief he was still our charming and adorable Westley!!

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      Rachel Kamery
      May 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      I haven’t seen that show but heard great things about it. That’s cool he was on it!

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    May 13, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I haven’t watched Gone with the Wind in like a million years, even though I love the book! The Martian was a great adaptation.

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    May 14, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I definitely agree with Pride & Prejudice and Gone With The Wind. I’m someone who likes the screen adaptations to be as much like the books as possible, and these two adaptations pretty much fit the bill!

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    May 14, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Yeah, I think it took a little while for the Harry Potter film crews to get into the feel of that universe. I still enjoyed the first few movies, though!

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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      Rachel Kamery
      May 14, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      Agreed. The first few movies have that “aww, so cute – they’re trying” factor.

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    May 14, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I’ve watched a few of these, but Harry Potter is the only one I actually read the books of, the movies are great, the books are better but in terms of adaptations, they’re definitely up there with the best ones I’ve seen. To All The Boys, The Princess Bride and Me Before You, I really enjoyed the films but I haven’t read the books.
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    May 14, 2019 at 10:50 am

    The Martian was such a well-done film. Nice choice there.

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    May 14, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    What a great list! Agree about The Martian. We shared a few of the same ones. Really like your site, too.
    My TTT: http://bookloverspizza.com/2019/05/top-ten-tuesday-page-to-screen/

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      Rachel Kamery
      May 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm


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    May 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Pride& Prejudice yes! Also I thought To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before was charming. I love Jane Eyre but have never seen the movie you mentioned.

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    Brooke Lorren
    May 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Gone with the Wind was a classic. One of these days I’d like to watch (and read) TATBILB.

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      Rachel Kamery
      May 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      TATBILB is a perfect series/movie for summer!

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    May 14, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Yes!! I also put Shawshank Redemption (and another film based on another story in the same collection- The Body/Stand by Me) though I ended up plumping for Colin Firth P&P!

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    May 14, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I totally disliked Me Before You, the book. I thought the movie was fine. Weird, right? Also, I loved the P&P movie with Keira Knightley but have never managed to make it through the book.
    I have a weird rule where I don’t read the book after I see the movie because I’d just picture the movie.

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