The Best Book to Film Adaptions!

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! ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜ญ 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? Iโ€™d love to know! 

You can always find me over on Twitter if youโ€™d like to discuss this post (or any of the others) more or if youโ€™re just looking for some book chat! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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7 thoughts on “The Best Book to Film Adaptions!

  1. Matilda is one of my all time favourite films! I also loved the City of Bones adaptation and it was such a shame they didn’t make more because the Netflix show was a bit garbage in comparison!

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  2. Coralline is one creepy movie – I watched the trailer and some clips and it freaked me out!! I’ve read Room and remember thinking what an unusual story it was – sad and touching. I love Matilda and the Witches, they were some childhood favourites of mine๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Love watching Matilda and the Witches can never get bored of them even now. Although I’m not a fan of the remake of the Witches. I started watching it but never finished it. Still think the classic movies are better!!

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