Book-to-Screen: Our Favourite Adaptations

Hey Savvy Readers!

We all know that when it comes to movie adaptations, the book is always better.


But there are times when the movie is equally as awesome as the book

(and maybe sometimes better but we’ll pretend we didn’t say that).

Here is our list of our favourite movie adaptations from books we all know and love!


Stardust by Neil Gaiman is the perfect adult fairytale. With everything from magic, to romance, and a happy ending, what is there not to like? The book is a great read with Tristran Thorn going out to catch a fallen star for his beloved Victoria and the bumps in the road along the way. The movie, in my humble opinion, only adds to this great story. With a, dare I say it, more exciting ending than the book, it takes Neil Gaiman’s fairytale to a whole new level.


Lord of the Rings

Speaking of fairytales and adventures, The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien is another great adventure story. Technically three books (and, therefore, three movies), The Lord of the Rings is perfect if you’re looking for an adventure story of epic proportions. Peter Jackson’s adaption of the series is perfect for those cold, rainy days that are here. If you want to take it a step further, marathon the movies and prove to your friends and family that you can sit on your butt all day!



Room by Emma Donoghue is the story of a young boy’s growing curiosity and his mother’s desperation to escape the eleven by eleven foot room they have called home. The love these two share helps them as they finally escape into the world beyond Room. Not only is the movie suspenseful, moving, and uplifting, but it’s a pretty truthful adaptation as well! As it should be, with Emma Donoghue as the screenwriter.



Divergent by Veronica Roth is a dystopian novel set in the future. Tris’ society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). She must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Divergent, and the rest of the series as well, is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner. The movies are action-packed and will make you want to hold on for dear life.


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

Did you grow up with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis? When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy step through that wardrobe into Narnia, we all wish we were there too. Aslan, Father Christmas, and even the White Witch are all characters we wish we could meet. The movie totally brought all of that, and more, to life. And Liam Neeson as Aslan? The ultimate casting.


To Kill a Mockingbird

When a book has been named the best novel of the twentieth century by librarians across the country and every single person has to read it in high school, you know it’s a classic (Library Journal). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book and movie that everyone has to watch just to be considered a human. Both the book and movie are so influential in everyday life so if you haven’t check them out before, consider this a sign! And that’s all I need to say about that.



In Serena by Ron Rash, George and Serena Pemberton have gone to North Carolina to make a timber empire. As the two destroy and vanquish anyone who falls out of favour, Serena discovers she cannot bear children. This sets her on a path to find and kill George’s illegitimate son. The movie adaptation stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the intense, passionate couple so you know it’s gonna be good!


American Sniper

Speaking of Bradley Cooper, American Sniper by Chris Kyle is another great book-to-movie adaptation. In ten years, Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in U.S. military history. Fellow American warriors called him “The Legend,” while his enemies called him “The Devil” and placed a bounty on his head. This book (and movie) talks about the life of a soldier in the heat of battle, life after war, and how this all affected his family. Cooper’s portrayal of Kyle is realistic and moving in one of the great war memoirs of all time.


A Series of Unfotrunate Events

Everyone knows of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It’s what you read, your friends read, and your neighbours read. Everyone loved hearing of how depressing Violett, Klaus, and Sunny’s lives were. And when you finally finished the last book, there was that sense of accomplishment of following a series all the way through! Now, the series is about to launch on Netflix!!!! Our two favourite things are combining to form one amazing thing. And with Neil Patrick Harris starring as Count Olaf, how can you not plan to binge watch the whole thing?


Well Savvy Readers, we want to know what your favourite book-to-movie adaptations are and if there are any on this list you’ve already checked out! Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!


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