Our theaters are full of book to movie adaptations these days, and while some of them are laughable at best, there are plenty that make me giddy whenever I think about switching them on! I decided to compile a list of my seven favorite adaptations, with a few honorable mentions (because I haven't actually read the books) to round out the list.
7) Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Release Year: 2010
This is probably an unpopular opinion, since the film didn't exactly follow the book very well, but I can't help it. I love this movie. I choose to live in a world where the Percy Jackson book series and the Percy Jackson movie are two completely separate things. I don't know if it's because I absolutely adore Logan Lerman, or maybe all of the awesome special effects, but I just can't tamp down my love of this film.
6) A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Release Year: 2002
Once upon a time I read every Nicholas Sparks novel I could get my hands on. And quite some time ago, well before the movie existed, I read A Walk to Remember. And I loved it. So, naturally, when the movie came out I had to go see it. I loved it, too. In fact, to this day, it is still my favorite Nicholas Sparks adaptation. I know most people would say The Notebook is the best, but I am strictly in the A Walk to Remember camp.
5) The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Release Year: 2013
I read The Host almost immediately after I finished reading the Twilight series. I loved the book, maybe even more than I did Twilight. So all those years later when the movie was being released, I was very excited. I didn't actually get to see this one in the theaters, but once I was able to rent it I did. I loved it so much I bought it, and I can't tell you how many times I've watched it since. I know this one isn't perfect as far as book to movies go, but something about it keeps me watching it. I always wished there were more books for this particular world and I would absolutely watch more movies, as well.
4) The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Release Year: 2014
This book in turns made me laugh my butt off and cry like a damn baby. This movie in turns made me laugh my butt off and cry like a damn baby. I love them both. Augustus Waters is perfection, on the page and in person. I don't know if I will ever read another John Green book, because I'm certain they will not live up to this one for me. I have watched another John Green adaptation movie and it did not to live up to this one, so there you have it.
3) Divergent by Veronica Roth
Release Year: 2014
So here's the thing about this adaptation. I read the book around the time it came out and I didn't like it, at all. In fact, I wasn't ever planning on watching the movie, since I didn't like the book. I don't remember the exact circumstances that lead to me watching this movie, but you better believe I am glad that I did. This is one of my absolute favorite films of 2014 and while I've never read the rest of the books in the series, I really enjoyed Insurgent and look forward to finally being able to watch Allegiant.
2) Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
Release Year: 2015
Not only is this one of my favorite movie adaptations, it's one of my all time favorite movies. It's so charming and witty, and I just can't get enough of it. Interestingly enough, I didn't like this book either. The book, which I think was orginally titled Where Rainbows End, is written in a format that I loathe and therefore I just couldn't get myself to enjoy it. The movie, however, is delightful and such a great romantic movie. And I mean, Sam Claflin, is there really anything else to say?
1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Release Years: 2012-2015
I blew through this book series, reading all three of them in less than a week. I adored them and went about convincing everyone I could, who hadn't already, to read them. And for me, these movies definitely did not disappoint. This movie series is my most watched by far and I own multiple copies of each, so I could get the special editions, because I'm nerdy like that. I'd say Catching Fire is my favorite, but they all hold special places in my heart.
Honorable Mentions (I haven't read any of these books, but still adore the movies):
Highly Anticipated Adaptations for 2016: