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Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I can say with a pretty high degree of certainty that I have seen far more books-to-movies than I have non-book movies. Like, it’s at least 5:1. Maybe more. Because if it isn’t a book, I kind of don’t care. Is that bad? Meh. So, here are some books that I want to see on the big screen (or from the comfort of my own bed, whatever).

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It should surprise no one that this is my smallest category. The Giver kind of freaked me out because the dude who plays Jonas is like, my age (not quite, but he is more than double the age of book Jonas). I contemplated seeing The Scorch Trials in theaters, but then I spent like, $100 on Mockingjay tickets so… 

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Ah, here I am, failing at books again! Someone tell me: Which of these do I need to read and watch first? 

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In case you were wondering, I absolutely did make Mockingjay bigger than all the others. And no, I am not sorry. I think The 5th Wave will be good in movie form. And Allegiant… well, it’s like a train wreck, you just can’t turn away even though you know you should. 

Have you seen any of these movies? Any you recommend? Any I should stay away from? Any you are just dying to see yourself? 

Posted November 10, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Top Ten Tuesday / 50 Comments

50 responses to “Let’s Go to the Books-to-Movies!

  1. Those final three all made my list this week as well. Saw “Earl” and to be honest… it wasn’t really my kind of movie. I’ll talk TFIOS any day over this one. 🙂

  2. Your to be released movies made my list, too. I agree with you about Allegant – I feel like since I’ve seen the others I might as well see it too. I haven’t read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl or Unbroken yet, but of the other three in this category I’d pick up The Martian first and then Perks of Being a Wallflower (I’ve seen the adaptations of these both of which were very good). I actually saw The Scorch Trials at the movie theater and although it’s a lot different I really liked it. I haven’t seen The Giver yet either – it looks decent although I was upset they revealed too much in the trailer. The kid playing Jonas – I couldn’t believe it when I realized we’re nearly the same age.

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  3. I loved Unbroken; I read the original book but now they have a YA version and I’d like to see what changes were made (probably just toning everything down). But I’ve always been a BIG fan of Miyavi and seeing him as the villain in the movie broke my heart! :'(

  4. I saw The Maze Runner when it came out and want to see the second one eventually. I kind of feel though like I should read the books first since I broke my rule of reading the book first when I went to see The Maze Runner.

    I haven’t read Unbroken yet, but I have seen the movie. I really really want to read the book. The movie was okay–good in its own way, but not as–something–as I expected. I can’t think of the right word for what was missing. 🙁 I loved The Book Thief and am afraid to see the movie. It won’t do it justice. I know it won’t. I recently saw a movie trailer for Perks of Being a Wallflower and it was the first time I’ve ever actually been interested in the story. I may have to read the book and see the movie after all.

    Mockingjay 2 made my list too (and Allegiant). I am soooo excited about Mockingjay. I didn’t get to see the first part in the theater because I had just had surgery, but I WILL see the second part in the theater. I love the movies–even more than I liked the books, if I’m honest.

  5. I haven’t seen any of these! *ducks upcoming tomatoes* I’ve been wanting to see/read Me & Earl & The Dying Girl ever since I’ve heard of Jesse Andrews’s upcoming book because it sounds ultra fab. Actually, though, I did see a bit of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. It’s definitely something. Emma Watson’s in it. Am I only one kinda freaked-out by The Martian poster? Literally, lol.

    MOCKINGJAY PART 2 YAS YAS YAS. I’ve been wanting to see Paper Towns as well but I’m trying to wait and see if it goes up on Netflix. I heard they’re supposedly gonna give movie rights to John Green’s other book, Looking For Alaska, and supposedly Taylor Swift was expected to play the main girl. Like, no thanks.

  6. YOU NEED TO DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THE BOOK THIEF. TRUST ME ON THIS, OKAY?????? IT IS EVERYTHING. Perks and Me and Earl are also fabulous (although Me & Earl kinda uses horrific humour?!? that’s really funny but so crude at times it’s awful. SO IDEK. IT’S A GOOD BOOK BUT IT’S AWFUL. If that makes sense. :P) I still need to finish watching Insurgent (yes…I stopped halfway through because I was bored. >_> Awkward) and find The Scorch Trials because I loooved the Maze Runner. *happy sigh*

  7. Great list, Shannon! You must read The Book Thief, it’s such a beautiful book. If not that then The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I actually didn’t like the book all that much, but it’s so short you could read it in a couple of hours, and even though I wasn’t a fan of the book I do like the movie. 🙂

  8. From your need to read section I have read The Martian, Unbroken and Me and Earl. I loved The Martian (audio was great) and was eh on Me and Earl. Unbroken was a good book but moved slow for me. I need to read Perks and The Book Thief myself still. Great list!!

  9. Sam

    Perks was such a great book. I actually saw the film before I read the book, and I feel like the book cleared up some of the plot points for me. I did Me, and Earl the other way around, but I really liked the changes Andrews made for the film. It kept all the integrity (I mean, the same guy wrote the screenplay and the book), but he did a good job of changing my opinion of the MC after I watched the film.

  10. I don’t watch a lot of movie. Actually, I don’t really watch unless someone forces me to do so (I know I suck but I really want to change that). I’m really excited for The 5th Wave, setting aside how I’m liking the casting (well based on how they look, because really they look almost exactly how I imagined them to be, haha), I really enjoyed that book – the whole concept and the characters..
    I really need to read The Book Thief as well. I really enjoyed the movie so hopefully I’ll like the book as well 🙂

  11. The movie version of The Book Thief is on my must watch list. The book was FREAKING AMAZING AND HEARTBREAKING. God, I loved that book. And I needed therapy or something after reading it. I really, really enjoyed The Martian and I can’t wait to see the movie. Considering all the science in it, it was funnier than I thought it would be. I cannot believe I forgot to put Mockingjay on my list. Since I live in Italy, it won’t start showing here until two or three weeks after the U.S. Argh, I need it!! I did put The 5th Wave and Allegiant on my list though.

  12. Love the popcorn buckets! I want to see Scorch Trials (and,um, Maze Runner first) and of course Mockingjay. And I’m strangely looking forward to Allegiant, having actually liked the first two . Of course I’ve heard all about Allegiant the book (haven’t read yet), so yeah, there is that- curious how they handle it. 🙂

  13. I fail at books too, Shannon because I haven’t read any of those books. But the movies for most of those are supposed to be amazing so it doesn’t really matter to me! 🙂 I do need to watch The Martian ASAP.
    AND YESSS to Mockinjay! I can’t wait to see it already! Less than 2 weeks! 😀
    The 5th Wave looks great too!
    Love your popcorn graphics! 🙂

  14. I actually haven’t seen any of these movies or read any of these books yet. Oops. I really need to get my act together and watch/read them. It will be a goal for 2016!

  15. I saw The Scorch Trials over the weekend and enjoyed it. My husband read the books but I didn’t so I was clueless about any changes from the books so that probably helped. 🙂 I enjoyed Perks but it was that oh so rare occasion where I loved the movie even more. The casting was perfection and they just got everything right. Allegiant… well, yeah. We kinda have to. I saw a looong trailer for The 5th Wave when I was at the theater this past weekend and it got me even more excited for the movie. I read the book a year or so ago and liked it so I’m hopeful. And Mockingjay… is there anyone NOT hyped up about this movie? More Peeniss, please! (*snickers like a 6 year old*)

  16. The Book Thief! It is just so amazing, Shannon. You have to read it! I have The Martian to read, too, not sure if I’ll ever go see the movie, though 🙂 I prefer books – the casting directors never get the casting right LOL – at least, my imagination never looks like the actors chosen for the parts of my favorite heroes and heroines 😉

  17. WATCH THE MARTIAN! It’s SO good!!! It’s hilarious and I loved it and now I bought the book, because this is one of the rare occasions where I haven’t read the book first. One other such occasion is the Maze Runner, but the movie didn’t really make me want to read the book, but I’ll still have to watch Scorch Trials at some point because it has Dylan O’Brien. And whereas I read all three Divergent books and then gave them away because looking at them irked me so much, I definitely was able to turn away from the movies. I saw and don’t remember the first one, and then I started the second one with a friend, fell asleep after five minutes and never went back.

  18. The Book Thief is without a doubt one of my all time favourite books and that is why I’m so scared to watch the film. I loved both The Perks of Being a Wallflower book and film and I’d definitely give it a shot.
    Mockingjay is without a doubt my most anticipated. I think I’ll need to out together a survival kit for this film. Chocolate and tissues are a necessity haha.

  19. You should watch The Martian! I haven’t read the book but the movie was hilarious and fun and so good! I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read The Maze Runner series. I started it but didn’t like it at all so I DNF’d it but the movies are really entertaining. I prefer the first movie over the second one since it’s more unique. OMG Allegiant IS a trainwreck!!! Man, they are ruining the movies so bad! But you just can’t stop watching gahhh. I can’t wait to watch The 5th Wave even though I haven’t read the books at all. But the trailer has me intrigued!
    MOCKINGJAY!!!! I can’t wait to go see it. So I haven’t read the books. I tried reading THG 3 times and ended up DNF’ing. I’m thinking of skipping to the second book because I want to read them but I can’t get past the first book. The movie comes out on Thursday, November 19 and I hope I get to go that same Thursday especially when it’s a holiday here in PR. I might have to get there 3 hours early but whatever. It will be worth it!

  20. I absolutely love The Perks of Being a Wallflower. One of my all-time favorite books and such a FANTASTIC adaptation for the movie. I’ll admit that I read the book back in high school and saw the movie quite a few years later, so I’m a little rusty on it, but I remember being really impressed.

  21. I’m very excited for the Mockingjay Part 2, but my local theater just didn’t make the double feature very convenient this year, so I’m just going to wait and go after it is out a day or two. I’m also very excited for The 5th Wave. And I really liked The Martian. Your remarks about Allegiant amused me because even though the movies are really pretty bad, I still feel the need to go watch them all. Great post!

  22. I bought The 5th Wave when it came out and I STILL need to read it. But I have a good deadline now with the movie coming out. For your to read/watch list, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. That’s seriously my fave book and I loved the film. The author wrote the screenplay and directed too, so that’s really awesome. 🙂

    I loved The Book Thief but I don’t know about the film – heard different things.



  24. I already told you to read Perks, but I’m going to tell you again, read Perks. So, so good. But short. And you may not love it? I love it. At least, I like it a lot.

    I just really like all three of the last selections’ movie posters. You would make Mockingjay bigger than the rest. I don’t blame you.

  25. GIRL. You need to read The Book Thief. One of the best books I’ve ever read! You will love it. (And cry, but well, that’s to be expected.)
    I haven’t read The 5th Wave yet, but I’m already peeved that they cast Chloe as the MC… she’s in TOO many movies right now. >.<

  26. First of all, that is the BEST description I have heard about the Divergent movies. I really did not care for either of the ones that I have already seen, but I still want to watch Allegiant to see if they can mess up the story even more (my bet is that they can and they will).
    Other than that, I really have to watch Mockingjay Part 2 (it is completely reasonable that it gets the biggest bucket of popcorn), Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl, and The Martian. I have seen The Book Thief, and it was amazing! I have not read the book yet (oops!) but if the movie was any indicator, the book is going to be awesome too!

  27. $100 on Mockingjay tickets?! OMG. How many people are you taking? (I approve, though. Totally approve!)

    I definitely recommend reading both The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl before watching the movies. Both are amazing books. And both are amazing movies. 🙂

  28. THE MARTIAN YOU OBVIOUSLY NEED TO WATCH. We watched that a few weeks ago and OMG it was seriously SO GOOD! I think I’ve given up on Allegiant, along with hating the book I was already turned off the 2nd movie. The Giver was actually a decent movie!

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