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July 5th: Which book turned into a movie is your favorite?
While I have seen a lot of book-to-movie adaptations, I haven’t always read the book, so I don’t count those. For example, Crazy Rich Asians is one of my favorite movies, but I’ve never read the book, so I don’t know how well the movie adapts the book. And since I’ve already seen and loved the movie, I doubt I’ll ever go read the book. So it doesn’t count for me.
I have also seen a number of not-that-great adaptations (here’s looking at the 1984 Dune movie).
I can tell you that I have absolutely enjoyed the Harry Potter adaptations. I feel that the movies really captured the essence of the series, bringing to life the characters and magic. It helps that the actors stuck on for all eight movies and that the casting and special effects are well done.
Edited July 5th: After thinking about it more, I really enjoyed the adaptation of Jurassic Park, which is a favorite book of mine. The original movie did the book justice. The follow up Jurassic World trilogy has been a lot of fun, too.
I also enjoyed the movie adaptation of The Maze Runner and felt it stuck to the book. But I didn’t care for the follow up movies (nor the follow up books).
The most recent Dune movie (2021) is a wonderful adaptation SO FAR – the problem is, the movie producers split the book into to parts, and I don’t feel I can say it’s a great adaptation until I see the whole thing. Dune is another one of my all time favorites, so I will wait and decide later if the movies are worth of favorite status.