I’m a lover of screen adaptations
Look we had a run of ones that weren’t…great. But the last few years have more than made up for it!
Honestly, it’s just made me more excited for screen adaptations to come!
The rise of limited series have made it even more possible for the industry to get our favourites right.
I must admit, lately I have become someone who usually even prefers the screen adaptation. But that being said, some of my favourites have been ones I hadn’t even read the book for first!
But I really do think that the watch first, read later thing works for me. If I see a screen adaptation coming out for a book I haven’t read yet, then I’m not someone who rushes out to read the book first.
In fact, I will purposely wait until after I’ve seen the adaptation because nine times out of ten it means I’ll be able to appreciate the adaptation for what it is instead of constantly holding it to the high standards of the book. If I go in relatively blind first than I don’t know what I’m missing. Ignorance is bliss, as they say.
So in this post I’m going to be listing five adaptations I have seen and LOVED, Some of which I haven’t even read the books for yet! Shhh, I’ll get to them, five I NEED to happen and how I would want them handled.
And of course it wouldn’t be a Grey Top Ten without some honourable mentions at the end, this time of screen adaptations that are coming but that I’m impatient for and want NOW.
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Past Top Ten Tuesdays
Screen Adaptations I LOVED
│To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before│Jenny Han│Screen Adaptation│
Lara Jean: I wrote five letters, so don’t go feeling too special.
Peter: You wrote five love letters?
Lara Jean: Yeah.
Peter: Damn, Covey, you’re a player.
This one is the most recent one I’ve seen and I adored it!
Lara Jean is sweet and adorable and Peter is everything a teen girl could dream of.
I recently read the book in December and I think the movie did it justice.
Also Lana Condor played Lara Jean perfectly. Like every little detail was just right. I loved discovering that after seeing the film because it made me appreciate it even more.
│Big Little Lies│Liane Moriarty│Screen Adaptation│
Madeline: They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.
Big Little Lies captivated me from the first fucking episode.
This is another one where I saw the adaptation before the book and this is actually one of those times where I couldn’t tell you which one I prefer. Maybe it’s just been too long since I’ve consumed either?
I really loved how the story is told and I was obsessed with it, jamming it down everyone’s throats after I binge watched the show.
I need season 2 like, yesterday!
│Sharp Object│Gillian Flynn│Screen Adaptation│
Amma Crellin: Don’t tell Momma
This limited series made me want to die. But in the good way.
It just—I was not ready in the slightest.
Amy Adams fucking killed it as Camille and deserved all the awards. She’s become one of my favourite actresses because of it.
I’m even willing to possibly watch the Woman in the Window because she’s in it even though the author of book is absolutely a dumpster fire.
Everything about Sharp Objects was a knife to the throat.
I need to read the book SOON!
│Dumplin’│Julie Murphy│Screen Adaptation│
Willowdean: As far as I’m concerned, a swimsuit body is a body with a swimsuit on it.
I cried so much watching this film. Like sobbing, I couldn’t stop.
It was what Sierra Burgess should have been but could never be.
Also it features one of my fave actors Bex Taylor-Klaus and their v. fake teeth.
I haven’t read the book but i probably won’t read it because it doesn’t seem as good as the film.
│Love, Simon│Becky Albertalli│Screen Adaptation│
Emily: As soon as you came out, you said, “Mom, I’m still me.” I need you to hear this: You are still you, Simon. You are still the same son who I love to tease and who your father depends on for just about everything. And you’re the same brother who always complements his sister on her food, even when it sucks. You get to exhale now, Simon.
Hello and welcome to my favourite film, possibly of all time.
I would have sobbed while watching this the first time but I was in a packed theatre so I had to settle for subtly tears. But GOD DAMN IT if that wasn’t the most perfect film.
Okay so it wasn’t perfect, there were some things that weren’t the best BUT we finally got a LGBTQ+ film where nobody fucking dies. That’s a win for me.
I just loved it so much I bought like the collector’s edition of the DVD it’s ultraray or something, I have no idea but I sobbed through the whole re-watch.
It’s just the perfect movie for when you’re sad and need cheering up.
Screen Adaptations I NEED
│Sadie│Courtney Summers│Limited Series│
I wish his darkness lived outside of him, because you have to know it’s there to see it. Like all real monsters, he hides in plain sight.
So everyone knows this book has become one of the best audiobooks of all time. I mean, I haven’t listened to is yet but I have zero doubts.
But I think Sadie would also make the perfect limited series, think Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects.
│The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo│Taylor Jenkins Reid│Limited Series│
“Don’t ignore half of me so you can fit me into a box. Don’t do that.”
I cried when I finished the book and had to come to terms with the fact Evelyn Hugo isn’t a real fucking person because she should be and Reid made her feel realer than any person I actually know.
Also I changed my middle name to Evelyn to honour her.
This would make an amazing limited series! Can you tell I love limited series yet?
Honestly I just want to be one step closer to make Evelyn as real of a person as possible.
Also the actress MUST be queer and Cuban. I won’t have it any other way.
Basically I just want the adaptation Jamieson @ Jamishelves described.
│Dangerous Girls│Abigail Haas│Film│
Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?
This book was so un-put-downable I could scream.
Honestly it was one of my favourite reads for 2018 and I read a lot of good books last year.
I would love it to be filmed documentary style. I think it would be really cool to do it that way as if it’s a real crime being covered.
I don’t know, I just want it.
│Genuine Fraud│E. Lockhart│Film│
For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury.
Jule is honestly a fucking monster and I need to see her on my screen.
I don’t know how I want it, I just know I need it.
│All For The Game│Nora Sakavic│Netflix Series│
“Fight because you don’t know how to die quietly. Win because you don’t know how to lose.”
My co-worker and I have gone over what we want from this screen adaptation so many times and it includes a Netflix series, Troye Sivan and Alison and Renee need to be canon and NO WHITE WASHING!
But also I’m in love with Jamieson’s @ Jamishelves casting.
Screen Adaptations I Need NOW
│The Rook│Daniel O’Malley│Stan Series│
“You look like Cinderella,” said Val in awe.
“Yeah, if she’d been into bondage and had Christian Dior for a godmother.”
I was scrolling through the Stan (Australian streaming service) Facebook page, when I saw a trailer for a new series they have coming out called The Rook.
Boy, was I surprised to find out that one of the very first books I ever read because of Goodreads, specifically because of Emily May’s review, was being made into a screen adaptation.
I loved the plot and the world and our main character.
It was whip smart and magical and thrilling. It was such a great genre cross-over and I loved every second of it.
I can’t wait for the series and I am in physical pain because they haven’t actually announced a release date yet. I cry.
Writing this post made me want to reread it, so I read it in April for a readathon!
│Shades of Magic│V.E. Schwab│Film Rights Sold│
“I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”
“I apologize for shooting you in the leg.” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”
My love for this series will never die, and neither will my mum’s.
After all, she took Lila’s name as her own middle name when she changed her name earlier this year.
We basically have matching literary middle names now because you can’t tell me that Lila and Evelyn aren’t the most Slytherin women you’ll ever read.
I feel like I’ve been waiting for this screen adaptation forever and I’ll probably still be waiting for it forever.
But I don’t care because there is hope and I need it.
Also I want Piera Forde as Lila Bard.
│Grishaverse│Shadow & Bone│Six of Crows│Leigh Bardugo│Netflix Series│
“When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.”
I’m so excited I could scream!!!!
I mean I haven’t read the Shadow & Bone series yet but I have read Six of Crows like every other person and their dog.
Things I want;
And give us FAT NINA, you cowards. Barbie Ferreira, preferably.
V. v. dark
Also check out Jamieson’s @ Jamishelves post on this.
│The Raven Cycle│Maggie Steifvater│Series Rights Sold│
“Way back before you were born, Calla and Persephone and I were messing around with things we probably shouldn’t have been messing around with—”
“Rituals. Are you messing around with drugs?”
“No. But maybe rituals.”
“Drugs might be better.”
“I’m not interested in them. Their effects are proven— where’s the fun in that? Tell me more.”
I’m currently reading this series and it’s just so brilliant.
It has to be big on characters! yes, the world is magical and incredible but the characters should always be first.
Also I wanna see lots of the psychics because they’re fucking funny and wise and honestly I just need Persephone and her whimsy self.
The relationship dynamics between all the members of the Gansey Gang are important. Don’t fuck with it. Any of it.
Past Top 5 Tuesdays
I have thought about these far too much
What screen adaptations have you loved?
What ones have you hated?
What ones do you want to see?
Which books did you want to never be touched by Hollywood at all?