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Monday, August 24, 2015

Miscellaneous Monday - Top 5 Movie Adaptations of Books

Happy Monday friends! Welcome to the first installment of Miscellaneous Monday! Miscellaneous Monday has been created to post about anything related to books. So this week, I'm posting about my top 5 movies from books. These are movies that I believe really captured the essence of the book and without removing too much of the storyline. What movies have you seen adapted from books that you've enjoyed? Let me know in the comments below.


1. The Help

I loved reading The Help, so I was a little apprehensive about seeing the movie. However, I was very presently surprised, and to this day, it remains as one of my favorite adaptations. Obviously, movies cannot contain every detail that the book talks about - the movie would be incredibly too long at that point. From what I remembered about watching it, there was only maybe one or two things that did not appear in the movie. As a whole, I was incredibly impressed with how this movie turned out.

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2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This book was amazing! Although longer in nature, so much happened and I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. When watching the movie, I was shocked by how much I remembered from the book. It followed the storyline very well and I thought the director's interpretation was spot on. Plus the actor's did an amazing job portraying each of the characters.

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3. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban 

This was my favorite book of the entire series, so obviously I had high expectations for the movie. And these expectations were lived up to! I remember watching this movie over and over again (probably because I could already recite the lines to The Sorcerer's Stone and I wasn't a huge fan of Chamber of Secrets at that point) but it never got old. I could watch this movie forever. Plus Draco got punched in the face - so that just made the whole movie better.

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4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I remember reading this book a few years ago, after hearing really good things about it, and loving it! The way the book was laid out and written was perfect, and it easily became a fast favorite among many of my friends. The movie was no exception. I remember seeing it while I was in college with one of my (soon-to-be roommates at the time) and really enjoying it! However, I will say that to get the most out of the movie and really understand it, you do have to read the book. The actors did such an amazing job with developing the characters that everyone fell in love with from the book.


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5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

This list wouldn't be complete without this Harry Potter book/movie. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Harry Potter (see #3). This could easily rank as one of my favorite movies. I remember watching this movie alllllll the time with my neighbor when it finally came out on DVD. To this day, I can probably recite basically every line in the movie (read as - no one likes to watch this movie with me...). This is the movie that set the precedence for the remaining movies of the series. You can visibly see how young all of the actors/actresses were at the time of this movie. The Harry Potter series defined my childhood, and this movie falls right in line with it.

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