Welcome to the Moonlight Library’s 30 Day Book Challenge!
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Day 19: Favourite book turned into a movie
I actually went to university and specialised in page-to-screen adaptations, which is why I’ve started my new feature Page to Screen to talk more about literature and its many, many adaptations to screen and stage.
Originally I thought I was going to put New Moon, of the Twilight series here, because I think it’s the best adaptation of the source material of that series, but I don’t care terribly for the books. They’re all right, but they’re not among my favourite.
I think the Lord of the Rings adaptations are near perfect, but I don’t much care for the books. Yes, I’m a fantasy lover but I’m also over textbook-dry narratives driven by testosterone. I agree with all the changes made to the source material to make the films the best they can be.
But then The Hunger Games came out and wowed everyone. Though Catching Fire is technically my favourite of the book trilogy, I think The Hunger Games was the best adaptation. I liked the small things added and changed to make the narrative flow better and give the story more strength, substance, and subtext. I’ve not read the book since I saw the film, but I’d really like to have a day off to do just that and really study the changes and similarities. I think the film was phenomenal and the source material was fantastic.