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Monday, 29 August 2016

Brooklyn ... and other films better than their books.



I recently DNF'd Brooklyn by Colm Toibin. I talked a little bit about this in a previous post but this is new. I normally just sweat through a book I'm hating because that Goodreads target waits for noone. But if you really don't want to finish a book, chuck it, carry on living your best life and just find something else to read. Anyway this freed me up to watch the film and one word - stunning. I loved the old fashioned feel of this film and Nick Hornby does a stellar job of subtly and deftly weaving in themes of coming of age, loyalty and identity. It's on Netflix UK and one of my films of the year so go.watch.it.

So! A very unpopular topic of discussion - which other films adaptations are better than their book counterparts ...


The Maze Runner, Scorch Trials and probably all the other future films
Both films chop up all the SLOG of that lengthy, dry description pieces in the book meaning we're left with more time spent with great characters.

The Notebook
Not many Nicholas Sparks fans could pick one of his films that was actually, better than any of his books. But the chemistry between Amy McAdams and Ryan Gosling has made them one of the most iconic on screen romances of all time. And for this reason alone, it's on this list.

The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada has been celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year - a reminder that it is an absolute classic. The script gave the characters much more complexity than it's book which is so rare in book to film adaptations. Emily Blunt's Emily and Meryl Streep's Miranda Priestly go down as some of cinemas funniest and most compelling characters.

The Hunger Games Catching Fire
This is the best book in the trilogy, which of course meant that high hopes for the film. While the films were pretty true to the source material, the stunning visuals brought everything that was so exciting about this book to life.

Freaky Friday (2003)
The concept of swapping bodies with your mum surprisingly makes for a great movie?! Not only was Lindsay Lohan at her prime, but the rest of the cast had such good chemistry in this colourful and fun movie.
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