Good morning bookworms!
Today’s Top 5 Tuesday is ‘books I need to be a movie’. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the super lovely Shanah over at the Bionic Bookworm. You can visit her here, and join in for Top 5 Tuesday by checking out all the amazing topics we have coming up!
FYI, THIS POST IS GOING TO GET REAL…
To be perfectly honest, I kind of hate book to movie adaptations (I also generally hate book to TV adaptations, so there’s no favouritism going on). The only ones that I have genuinely enjoyed and am happy to watch over and over again are either books I haven’t read yet (and therefore can’t critique against the original) and the BBC productions of classics. I mean, have you SEEN their Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Mr Darcy?! Admittedly, it goes for about 6.5 hours, but it is PERFECT. You have no idea how many times I have watch that movie (mini-series?). But, it is so true to the original book that it’s just literal perfection.
THAT IS HOW ALL MOVIE ADAPTATIONS SHOULD BE FILMED. I will fight you on this! I don’t care how long the movie goes for, I want it to be accurate. I just don’t get why producers/script writers/whoever would change the plot. I mean, I get it… the common response is “to make it interesting and keep people guessing”… but like, NO ONE CHANGES THE ENDING TO ROMEO AND JULIET. Whyyyyyyy would they change the end to other things?? (I’m looking at YOU Shadowhunter. Also, likely why you got cancelled.)
So, now that we have all agreed that BBC should do every movie adaptation ever, let’s move onto my list. Which, incidentally, is going to only be contemporary books as I’ve yet to see a truly great live-action fantasy movie that is true to the book. (Don’t HP at me unless you can point out where PEEVES is during that entire series.)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Well, basically EVERYTHING by Rainbow Rowell. Including Carry On (yes, I know I just said that I wouldn’t mention fantasy – I am a truly paradoxical being) (I am also feeling quite vexatious today). I want all of Eleanor’s crazy hair and Park’s sullen slouching on the bus and them sharing headphones and comic books. SO THAT MY HEART CAN BREAK. Because why would I want to be happy, when I could cry all the time?
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. I am MUSH for these two and I am not afraid to admit it. Also, I feel like we need more m/m movies because. (No reason, just because.) And they’re both sweet little cinnamon-bun marshmallows even when they’re pretending that they aren’t. (Also, I think I’m the last person in the world not to have seen or listened to Hamilton, so this might get me on a bandwagon?)
Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta. If you’re Aussie or have a huge thing for Anthony LaPaglia (and I mean, why wouldn’t you? Can everyone say Empire Records!) then you probably know that this is already a movie. Except, that it’s possibly one of the WORST adaptations I have ever seen in my life. And I would know, because I have read the book about 20 times (no exaggeration, scarily), and then I had to watch the film for school. So, let’s all pretend that it doesn’t exist, and kindly ask BBC to make it. Properly. (Also, maybe without a guy who perpetrates violence against women playing a gorgeous soft marshmallow.)
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. I want more movies that show anxiety and depression for what they truly are, but not in a ‘and-this-person-is-now-broken’ way. Real life struggles in a real life situation. Also, growing up and learning who you are; having parents that care, but also don’t entirely understand your generation or what you love. Basically I need more movies where the protagonist is lying on their bed/in their blanket-fort, hiding under the covers/mountains of pillows, AND THAT’S AN OK RESPONSE TO LIFE.
Back After the Break by Anita Notaro. It’s been a couple of years since I have reread this one, but I remember that it gave me ALL OF THE FEELS. (FYI, this is not YA fiction.) You know those movies where you just CRY INCESSANTLY? Like, PS I Love You; The Blind Side; and How To Train Your Dragon (1, 2 and 3)? This would be one of those. And I could watch it on repeat and quote the movie, and the dialogue and story are so good, and also HEART-BREAKING. It would be nice if I liked happy things…
OK. I am leaving to go reread some contemporary that I will cry over. TBR? What TBR?
Until next time, happy (or sad if that’s your thing too) reading! 😊(😭)📚