Blogger Book Nook #7: Books to screen

Hi everyone! Another month, another book nook prompt! I was really excited when I saw this months prompt, props to Abbey and Tabitha for coming up with such a creative prompt. I was assuming it would be something like classics or non-fiction so when I saw this prompt I was pleasantly surprised (although I wouldn’t complain if those two prompts come up).

I was also quite torn over what book to read because there are so many books that I could have read that have been turned into films. However, after much deliberation I decided on Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This was also the first book I read on kindle which I actually enjoyed.

“My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I chose this particular book as it was one that had been on my TBR list for a while so when I saw this prompt I knew it would be the perfect candidate. One thing that seems to be a running theme in some of the books I have read recently is that they start off quite slow and although they are readable, they can be quite boring and predictable. Then, about two thirds of the way in there is a plot twist you just don’t see coming and it grips you until the end. This book had this particular problem. It was enjoyable throughout but it was a bit slow until the plot twist.

It was a pretty easy read and I found it easy to read on kindle. The chapters seemed fairly short with some being only one or two pages long. I will admit up until the point of the plot twist there wasn’t much that stood out within the book, no real stand out characters, although I did find Madeline quite funny at times. However, I did enjoy the story as a whole and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it to others. I actually want to see the film now that I have read the book.

Q1. What’s your favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?
Two of my all time favourite book to screen adaptations would be perks of being a wallflower and the fault in our stars. I loved both of these films because I loved the characters and felt that they were well played and I felt that both kept to the story of the book they were based on. I particularly thought that the fault in our stars was just as good as the book which is a rare thing for films based on books.

2. What’s your least favourite book to screen adaptation? Why?
I would have to say paper towns. I mainly hated this adaptation because I felt they ruined the character of Margo by casting Cara Delevigne as I felt that they made the character really cliche whereas in the book it was a well written character. I would also say the Harry Potter series to some extent as well. I do love the films respectively but when you read the books or if you read the books prior to seeing the film you see how much they missed out from the book, particularly pivotal moments in the books that they could have easily included.

3. What book would you most like to see on screen that hasn’t been adapted yet?
I would love to see small great things be made into a film eventually as it is one of the best books I have read and I feel like it could have a really strong cast if they did it right.

4. Do you always read the book before watching the adaption?
90% of the time I do because as everyone knows that books are usually better than the films and most of the time I will have probably read the book before I even know there is a film or before the film adaption is announced. If this isn’t the case I will always be sure to read the book before I see the film if I want to see it, for instance when I heard about the perks of being a wallflower being released in cinemas I was sure to read the book before I watched the film, likewise the book I read for this prompt. The only books I have read after seeing the movies is the Harry Potter series but it is rare that I watch a film before reading the book.

5. Does seeing your favourite characters on screen ruin how they appear in your imagination?
I wouldn’t necessarily say it ruins the characters but I would say if I see the film first, like I had with the Harry Potter series, I will imagine them as I have seen them in the film. However, as I said, it is rare that I see a film before I read the book and I am one of those people that once I have read a book once I don’t re-read it.

Have you read everything, everything? What is your favourite book to screen adaption? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

2 thoughts on “Blogger Book Nook #7: Books to screen

  1. I love the Perks adaptation – it’s absolutely beautiful. Although I have to disagree with you on Paper Towns, I loved that adaptation. I preferred the book, obviously but I love Cara and think she did a great job with Margo. I want to see Looking for Alaska on the screen but they’ll have to get the cast spot on, especially for Alaska as (like Margo), she’s such a unique and vibrant character. I think Imogen Poots would make an amazing Alaska xxx

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