If three lockdowns have brought anything good for those of us on furlough, it’s been having the (relatively) guilt free time to tackle our TBR lists – and even their film/tv adaptions! I’m a big fan of seeing my favourite stories come to life on screen and when it’s done well, they often become my favourite things to watch time and time again.
So, I thought I’d pick ten of my favourite book to film/tv adaptions to perhaps give you some lockdown watching inspiration!
Just to note – I’ve limited this list to cases where I’ve actually read the book and watched the film/tv adaption. There’s a bunch of other incredible movies and tv shows based on books that are still on my TBR – Schindler’s List, IT, Good Omens, just to name a few!
The Witches by Roald Dahl – 1990
A real classic watch from childhood that still holds up so well! The big reveal of the witches’ true identity still gets me. All hail Anjelica Huston! 😍
Matilda by Roald Dahl – 1996
Another true classic that I must have seen a million times. Made me wish I had magical powers but did teach me how to spell difficulty 😂
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman – 1998
I only watched this one last year (super late to the party here!) but it really stood up against the book which I loved! If you’ve only seen the movie, I can’t recommend the book enough – really similar to the film but with even more witchy goodness.
Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding – 2001
Have seen this so many times and I never get bored of it. Bridget is a true icon.
Dexter by Jeff Lindsay – 2006
The first season follows first book really closely which I appreciated but I would have to say that the tv show was a liiiitle better!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman – 2009
Creepy stories for children! Those button eyes were even scarier in this movie than in my imagination. I’ll forever be holding out hope for a live action version of this story with Sarah Paulson as the Other Mother…
Room by Emma Donoghue – 2010
Done so incredibly well. I remember reading this book and thinking about it for ages afterwards and the film did the exact same thing. Would definitely recommend this movie for fans of the book, you won’t be disappointed!
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – 2013
The movie version of this was SO superior to the Netflix show. They had such an incredible cast (Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan!!) but they never made a sequel 😭 If you like the Mortal Instruments books I’d definitely recommend watching the movie over the tv show!
Wonder by R J Palacio – 2017
Such a sweet movie based on an equally sweet book. It was adapted really well and I really appreciated that they didn’t change the character of Auggie to be more appealing to a wider audience (did someone say the awful adaption of Alex Flynn’s Beastly??) so it most definitely worth a watch!
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – 2020
This film brought me so much joy when I saw it! It combines the events of Little Women and Good Wives and I thought it was potentially even better than the book. Sacrilege, I know, but Greta Gerwig is a genuis – it’s so well cast and beautifully shot that I’m sure it’ll become a new classic.
What film/tv adaptions have you loved? Or maybe there’s something you’d love to see come out on screen? I’d love to know!
You can always find me over on Twitter if you’d like to discuss this post (or any of the others) more or if you’re just looking for some book chat! 😌