Book to Movie Adaptations

So many great books have been turned into movies. Some have succeeded and some have failed. These are my top five book to move adaptations. (No TV shows will be included, I am saving that for another post.)


Harry Potter Series by J. K. ROWLING

Harry01englishEveryone knows of the Harry Potter series written by J. K Rowling. It is one of the best selling series of this current generation and is loved by children, teenagers, and adults alike. The books were a thrilling series filled with magic and wonder, and there are so many characters that are loved. My favourite two characters being Severus Snape and Sirius Black. The movies were just as great and brought these amazing creations to life. Seeing the Harry Potter world on the screen was something magical and I love sitting down with my dad and my sister to watch them again and again.


The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. LEWIS

11127The Chronicles of Narnia collection was the first ever book series that I bought with my own money. It is now old and falling to pieces but it is my most treasured book. The series is also one of my all times favourites and I will never get sick of reading them. The movies weren’t as successful though. The first movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: the lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, was a great movie. Fans of the series enjoyed the first movie and it received good ratings. The two following movies, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, weren’t so well received. Sadly I don’t think there will be any more of the series made into movies. It is sad because they have such great potential.


Pride and Prejudice by JANE AUSTEN

PridePrejudice423x630Pride and Prejudice is known as a classic and there have been multiple adaptations to this beloved book.There is a BBC TV series, the 2005 movie staring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, there is a YouTube series called the ‘Lizzy Bennett Diaries’ and now there is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. There are so many different people’s takes on the amazing book. The 2005 movie is one of my favourites though. So many people dislike the movie saying that its a horrible adaptation. However, in my defence, for loving this movie, I watched the movie before I read the book. The movie was one I use to watch almost weekly. I loved Keria Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and couldn’t imagine them any other way. The other adaptations are amazing as well.

 


The Shining by STEPHEN KING

11588If you have never read the Shining then go and read this amazing book. It is another one of Stephen Kings amazingly written novels that every should read and the movie is just as amazing. I have only seen the movie twice but would love to watch it again and again if I had the time. It is filled with an amazing thrill and can’t help but come addicted and who can forget the line “Here’s Johnny!”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Divergent Series by VERONICA ROTH

Divergent_(book)_by_Veronica_Roth_US_Hardcover_2011Another of one my favourite series, the Divergent trilogy is filled with an amazing world and characters to love. With the final book coming out in cinemas this year there is every possibility that the final movie will seal the deal and all three movies will be just as good as the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 


They are some of my favourites and if you haven’t read these books or watched the movies then please do so. They are simply fantastic.

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Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Goodreads Average Rating: 4.03 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Detective

Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy

“‘Wake up, Genius.’ Rothstein didn’t want to wake up. The Dream was too good. It featured his first wife months before she became his first wife, seventeen and perfect from head to toe. Naked and shimmering. Both of them naked.”

– Part 1 Buried Treasure, Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Three different times.

1978: Morris Bellamy is a reader obsessed by America’s iconic author John Rothstein; so much so that he is willing to kill.

2009: Pete Saubers, a boy who discovers a buried trunk containing cash and notebooks written by Rothstein.

2014: Thirty-five years in prison and Morris is hell-bent on recovering his treasure. And Bill Hodges, who is running an investigative company called ‘Finders Keepers’, to rescue Pete from an ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris.

Finders Keepers is an another fantastic suspense novel. I found it hard to put it down from the very beginning. From the very first pages the story was a constant build of momentum.

One thing I have noticed when it comes to Stephen King’s work is that I can never get enough. Every book I pick up to read keeps me enthralled and wanting more. I simply can’t get enough.

In Finders Keepers the story jumps between the three different time periods but it isn’t hard to follow. The characters all go through their journey’s but end being brought together. The constant build of momentum of the story had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. My favourite character was certainty Morris Bellamy though. He was such an interest yet weirdly obsessed character who would go to any length. The story was a comfortable pace but seemed to grow faster as faster as it unfolded.

I was glad that the ending wasn’t a disappointment. I have read many stories that have had such a good body. They built momentum and the characters were great, but once I reached the end the story would fall flat. This was not the case with Finders Keepers, it was great till the end.


So hello all!

The last few weeks have been crazy busy for me so I haven’t had to time to sit down and write. I also didn’t have time to complete Finder Keepers two weeks ago but I did finish it and finally got this review up for you.

Hopefully this week everything will go back to normal. I will have a post up on Friday.

I’ll see you then!

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King


Goodreads Average Rating: 
3.96 out of 5

“I’ve made some things for you, Constant Reader; you see them laid out before you in the moonlight. But before you look at the little handcrafted treasures I have for sale, let’s talk about them for a bit, shall we? It won’t take long. Here, sit down beside me. And do come a little closer. I don’t bite. Except…we’ve known each other for a very long time, and I suspect you know that’s not entirely true. Is it?” – Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Introduction

51tR6+p5KSL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_I am new to the world of Stephen King but what I have read so far I have enjoyed. I first stepped into the world of the ‘King’ in 2015 when I read his novel Revival. The book was something that intrigued me from the first page and kept me flipping. When I found The Bazaar of Bad Dreams at my local Kmart I took it right off the shelf and brought it home with me. I didn’t bother a glance inside or at the blurb to see what it had to offer. All I knew was that I wanted to explore another world just like the one Stephen King had provided in Revival. (I didn’t even realise till I got home that the book was a collection of short stories.)

Some readers think that buying a book without looking it up or at least having a glance through to see if it is something that would interest you is silly. Normally I would agree with those readers, since I am a cautious reader. However, reading Revival introduced me to a whole knew author who I knew existed but had never explored. The end of Revival left me wanting more of Stephen King’s work and that desire came flooding back when The Bazaar of Bad Dreams appeared.

I am pleased to say that it didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t left sitting in my room at 2 am wondering why I wasted my money. I wasn’t thinking why didn’t I look it up first. I was left sitting on my train halfway between Laverton and Newport sad that it had come to an end. This collection of shorts stories sent me through a whirlwind of emotions from immensely intrigued to snorting with laughter. I loved Stephen King’s dark humour and plot twists; his cliff-hanger endings were exciting and left me with a fun cluster of built up curiosity.

Putting the book down at night to sleep, or closing the book and putting it away to get off the train was hard. I love it when a book pulls me in so much that I just can’t get enough of it. It is hard to find a book that keeps me wanting more. In this case it is an author I want more of and cannot wait to pick up more and more of Stephen King’s books.