my favorite book-to-movie adaptations

(First off, I’d like to apologize about the late and lack of posting here and on my channel. I’m working on getting back on track.) 

This list is anything but perfect. There are many other films that I didn’t mention, and so many movies I have put off watching strictly because I want to read the book before I see the movie. But I hope you enjoy nonetheless (and potentially find your next favorite movie/book).

Just as a side note, this was meant to go up on Sunday (when I posted the video on my channel), so the descriptions will be brief, but if you’d like to know more, the video is linked down below. 

  1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

So many people gave this movie (and books, by the way), a bad rep. Let me be the first to tell you now: BOTH ARE AMAZING. Yes, the movie has its pitfalls, but if you aren’t totally sold on the movie, just go read the book. You won’t be disappointed. Hell, read the whole series while you’re at it. And, please, don’t be put off by the title. It’s much better than it sounds.

2. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Honestly, it’s C.S. Lewis. I shouldn’t have to say anything. But, I will tell you that this movie was a pinnacle of my childhood, and the first movie I knew to be based on a book. The story is uplifting, heartwarming, and a staple for the imagination. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, where have you been? Are you okay? Blink twice if you’re being held hostage.

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

This is the only adaptation on this list that I haven’t had the chance to read. My sister forcibly sat me in front of the TV and made me watch this movie, and I thank her for it every day. I started watching it because she offered me tacos, but I stayed there because this movie is hilarious. It is close enough to the original story (which I adore) to give you the same warm and fuzzy feeling (and not offend any die-hard Austen fans), but it is so much more badass. And, let’s be real, everything is better when you add some bad asses.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The (now very mainstream) story of Hazel and Gus’ love will always be an important one in my life. It was the first time I read a book solely because I wanted to see the movie, and it was also the first book that seriously got me into reading. I was in eighth grade, had a mullet, and was an impressional, annoying, young girl who found refuge in a love story. I am unspeakably happy that I did.

5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Adorable romance. Will make you cry both tears of joy and tears of heartbreak. Please, for the love of all things good and holy, go read this book then watch this movie. It’s on Amazon Prime. I’m sure it’s even out there illegally. Do it. Go watch the sweetest girl have the adventure of her lifetime.

6. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I am a huge fan of this book and this franchise as a whole. (Just not the TV show—we don’t talk about that.) Promptly after watching this film in theaters, I ran to Barnes and Nobel five minutes before they closed and bought the first book. It took me a while to read it, but I’ve read it another two times since. I can’t understand why people didn’t like this film, but if you know nothing about it here is the bare–beautiful–minimum: hunting demons and looking damn good while doing it.


Again, I apologize for the late post, but no worries. I’m back now.

-Alexandra Eckelbarger




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