As I am sure any book worm will tell you, we (almost always) hate it when our favourite books are turned into movies. There is something a movie takes away from a good book, whether it leaves out some of our favourite scenes, or the characters are not at all what we imagined them to be – there will always be a reason. But there comes a time when a movie is so good, you can’t help to read the book so that you can find out more about the characters and the world that was created for them. I have a few books like this, and I am sure you do too!
1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Go ahead and laugh, but I am not ashamed to admit that I went through a Twilight fangirl phase. When the movie first hit the big screen I was in high school and almost every girl I knew was walking around with their nose in one of the books. I could never understand it; until I watched the movie. As soon as I watched Edward Cullen and Bella’s love story unfold before my eyes, I just had to read the rest of the series! I could not for the life of me wait a whole year until the next movie. I had my Mum buy me the books in one week – which was NOT cheap – because I blazed through the chapters, something I happily offered up my pocket money for. She actually read it a few months ago and enjoyed it, so I don’t think I was too crazy in enjoying it as much I did.
2) Harry Potter by JK Rowling
It has been a few months since I gave the Harry Potter books another chance after trying (and failing) to get into it years ago. The movies introduced me to characters that have been so special to me through the years, which is why I would never pass up an opportunity to watch them over and over again. Despite loving the adaptions to bits, after re-watching it so many times over the years I still felt like there were pieces missing. I started reading the books so that I could finally, after all this time, clear the uncertainties and answer the questions that the movies left me with.
3) Divergent by Veronica Roth
I enjoyed this movie. I might just go so far and say that I enjoyed the film adaption more than what I did the book. And because I enjoyed the movie so much, naturally I felt the need to read the books too. The thing about watching a movie prior to reading the book, is that your mind no longer creates its own idea of what the characters look like or how certain situations pan out. I think that was the reason I felt such a strong pull to read the series – the actors were so awesome that I didn’t mind missing out on my own picture.
4) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
When I watched the English adaption of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for the first time, I had absolutely no idea what the movie was about. I remember watching the first few scenes and being totally captured by Rooney Mara’s performance of Lisbeth Salander, who after reading the series, became one of my favourite female characters of all time. The movie over all was not the best that I’ve seen, but because of the strong, smart and total bad-ass character portrayed by Mara; I dove head first into the trilogy. When I think of how thick those books are, I can’t help but applaud myself (or Stieg Larsson) for how fast I went through all three!
5) The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
I watched 13 year old Scarlett Johansson play Grace MacLean a good couple of years ago; and I don’t think I could ever forget that movie. A story about overcoming heartbreak and trauma by facing one’s demons head on; made this film adaption one of the best that I can remember. My Mum loved the book for years, but I only ended up reading it over last year’s summer vacation when I stumbled upon it at a used book store.
What books did you read after watching the film? Drop me a comment, I would love to know!