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!

Top 5 Books You Should Read If You Haven’t Already

Normally on a Tuesday I post a book review. And today’s review was meant to be the current Stephen King book that I am reading, however, I haven’t had the chance to finish reading the novel so I came up with this little idea instead.

Not everyone buys a book to read just because it is new. I am constantly finding books that I have never even heard of and they were published years ago. So I decided I am going to give you my top five recommendations. These are the books I think you should read if you haven’t read them already. So here we go.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

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Goodreads Average Rating: 4.04 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Alternative Dimensions

Published: 24 February, 2015

‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ in the first installment of V. E. Schwab’s series. The story follows Kell, who is a rare magician who has the ability to travel between worlds, and Delilah, who is a thief. These two characters are thrown together after Delilah steals from him and then also save him from a dangerous enemy.

The overall story is a thrilling read and never gets boring. Excitement lays over every page and the characters are hard not to love.

‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ was my favourite book of 2015, and the sequel ‘ A Gathering of Shadows’ came out earlier this year.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

23569524Goodreads Average Rating: 4.31 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopia, High Fantasy, Romance

Published: 28 April, 2015

‘An Ember in the Ashes’ follows two points of views. Going back and forth between Laia who is a slave and has her whole life turned upside down, and Elias who is a soldier and has been trained to be one since he was a child. Both of them want to be free, but both of them are stuck.

The first book is Sabaa Tahir’s series, ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ is a thrilling journey for these two main characters. The whole book is addicting and with every page I wanted more and more, and when it ended I just wanted to cry. There are no boring sections in this book, it is fantastic from start to finish.


Horns by Joe Hill

6587879Goodreads Average Rating: 3.91 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller

Published: 1 March, 2009

With a name like Ignatius Perrish and a pair of horns growing from a head, I couldn’t really tell what this story was going to be about. But by the end I was amazed. Joe Hill, did an amazing job creating this story about Ignatius, or as he is called Ig, who wakes up one morning with horns growing from his head. You quickly learn that Ig’s long time girlfriend has been murdered and the whole town believes that Ig is guilty, but he didn’t do it.

From beginning to end the story is interguing and keeps you wanting to read. The only thing that disappointed me were the last few pages. I feel the ending pushed the story too far. But ignoring that small section the story is fantastic.

If you have seen the movie, which starred Daniel Radcliff and you didn’t enjoy it, well ignore the movie and pick this book up. It is just amazing.


The Host by Stephanie Meyer

1656001Goodreads Average Rating: 3.84 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure

Published: 6 May, 2006

From the author who brought the world ‘Twilight’ comes a story that it completely different. There are no sparkling vampires or hunky werewolves, instead there is a thrilling story about a human, Melody, and an alien that takes over her body, Wanderer.

Stephanie Meyer brings a new life to her writing with a Science Fiction story that has friendship, family and romance, along with action and fighting for survival. Personally I think that the host is a better story that the ‘Twilight’ series. ‘The Host’ is thrilling, and interesting and not a boring read. The movie isn’t bad either. If you didn’t like ‘Twilight’ then do not fear because this book is nothing like it. In fact the two different stories didn’t feel like the same author.


The Book of You by Claire Kendal

24516182Goodreads Average Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Suspense, Contemporary

Published:  1 January, 2015

This breathtaking story follows Clarissa as she becomes more paranoid that someone is stalking her. At the beginning of the story Clarissa is selected for jury duty and she can’t help but feel that it is a safe haven from her stalker. She becomes more unnerved though when she recognises parallels between her life the story of the trails victim.

The story is a great read and keeps you on your toes. It isn’t the type of book I would read alone in your house, or on the train at night. Through some part of the story it almost felt like I was Clarissa. I was pulled so far into her story that I felt like I was being stalked. (I didn’t become paranoid though.)

The story also holds romance and betrayal, as well as friendship and mystery. It is an overall great story line that brought me back to the world of mysteries.


I hope you all have had a chance to read these amazing novels. These are some of my favourites. They are all amazing in their own way.