Book or Movie?

In the world, there are two types of people: book readers and moviegoers. Some people love reading books and picturing the characters and setting in their mind, whereas others like actually seeing it on a screen rather than thinking it through. Whether you are a book reader or a moviegoer, people are always interested in seeing book-to-movie adaptations. A lot of them are extremely good and well put, while others are horrendously put together and had absolutely nothing to do with the book. Of the hundreds of book-to-movie adaptations, here is a list of my top five favorite adaptations:

5. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings, also known as LOTR by fans, is both a great book and movie. The scenery in the book is extremely well-described and the beautiful setting in the movie is gorgeous and well thought out as well as designed extremely good, especially for being early 2000s movies. The design of the movie is well ahead of its time, making it possible for Computer Graphics to be more realistic rather than placing something in front of a green screen. Though the story of the books isn’t exactly like the movies, the movies sometimes make more sense than that books and an exact replica of the books would make the movie even longer than the three hour movie already is. The relationship Sam and Frodo have as best friends is well thought up and the acting is superb, especially for a lot of first-time actors and actresses. These movies, though they take almost a whole day to watch, are definitely worth the time and are extremely impressive.

4. Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter is loved by many teenagers as well as adults. Ever since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone book came out, fans have been exceeding by the numbers, wanting to find an escape from reality to this magical world. When the actors and actresses were cast for the first movie, it couldn’t be more perfect. Harry looked exactly how he was suppose to look as well as his goofy sidekick Ron and the smart but blunt girl Hermione. Even though these were merely child actors, people were extremely impressed with the potential that the actors showed through their talent. The first three movies were almost close to spot on with the books, but they changed a couple of things in the last five movies. It always impresses me when movies change a bit from the books and actually pull it off, and the Harry Potter series definitely impressed more than a few people even with its changes.
3. The Book Thief

Though this isn’t a very popular book or movie, it is definitely one of my favorites. The Book Thief takes a different route than most books, making this specific book narrated by death himself looking in upon Liesel, a German orphan during World War II. Her adoptive family then hides a Jewish man, and before long, Leisel finds herself stealing books from a private library. This heartbreaking tale will leave readers and moviegoers shattered as well as warm inside. The adaptation from the book to the movie was great as well, giving Liesel and her friend Rudy their exact description and personality. Seeing the movie first, I did not see the plot twist that came towards the end, and it left me in utter tears. This movie and book made an impact on me. This is definitely a movie worth watching and a book worth reading because of the emotional impact that sets on the person scanning the words and images.

2. The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games has only had two of its four movies come out, though the two movies were some of the greatest book-to-movie adaptations I have ever seen, especially Catching Fire. These books were great with the exception of its last book, Mockingjay, which seemed rushed and sub-par. The acting in the trilogy is amazing though, as I was glad when they had casted new faces such as Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta. The movies were almost an exact replica as the books with only a few things being left out. In my opinion though, I hope that they do changed some things in Mockingjay from the books because that specific book was not very good compared to the rest of the series, and I wish that they make some scenes in the book more impactful in the movies,

1. Shutter Island

Shutter Island is a psychological thriller that was turned into a movie back in 2008. The movie nor the book isn’t well known either, but it is one of my favorites. The book is extremely suspenseful, as you do not know what is going on in one moment and you figure it out in the next. The plot twist the story gives is one that will leave you breathless and your mind spinning as they explain the whole scenario. It is such a great book as well as a great movie, as DiCaprio, who plays the main character Teddy Daniels, plays the emotion of Teddy in an amazing way. Mark Ruffalo, who plays his right hand man Chuck, also plays the emotion extremely well. This movie and book is the one I would recommend most.