Reading the book is never enough for the true fan, sitting through the movie adaptation is merely phase two of the “Ultimate fangirl/fanboy” transformation process

Top Ten Tuesday 3

My TBR is massive. I know. Every bookworm says this. But I am partially* dedicated to reading every book on that list. Because of this lofty goal, I spend the majority of my free time** reading. Logically, that means I don’t get to watch a ton of movies.

But who needs movies when your life is practically one, right?*** (Or is this just me? I think my perspective on life has changed significantly since having children. You see, even a trip to the grocery store has the potential to become a catastrophic event Griswolds style. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Look it up, those movies are basically my life wrapped up in a hour and a half.)

In all seriousness though, I totally could watch more movies if I really wanted to. But family tends to be more important. Next on the priority list is writing, and then after that comes my love for books. In that order y’all, lol 😉

*Only partially, because saying that I am fully committed to such a task would prove to you here and now that I am officially nuts. Which I probably am.
** Freetime? What’s that? (Just kidding…sort of)
*** If you have children of any age, you know what I am talking about. If not, the many joys of parenting may one day be revealed to you and you’ll finally know what all us parents are complaining about, why we are the happiest people on this planet (That sounded sarcastic, I do realize this, but being a parent is it’s own circus, and who doesn’t love the circus?!?!)

This Week’s Prompt: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch


Adaptations I Will Probably Never Watch, But I Keep Telling Myself that I Will When they’re on Netfilx

  1. Paper Towns- because TFioS was so sad but beautiful and I’m convinced nothing that anything John Green is involved with could ever possibly go wrong
  2. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl- the reviews are mixed so I’m intrigued
  3. If I Stay- the premise is fascinating and I cried like a little baby during the trailer….I haven’t read the book though, not sure if I should?
  4. Gone Girl- also haven’t read the book and I’m going to be real honest here, I’m not a huge Afleck fan, so I’m not sure about this one, but the ravers of the book and movie are heard loud and clear across the globe!

Adaptations I’ll Try Really Hard to Watch Because Reading the Book Just Isn’t Ever Enough

  1. Allegiant Part 1 (March 18th, 2016)- I’m a sucker and am going to continue until the end
  2. Legend (no release date)- why is there still no release date? IMDB says it’s slotted for 2016 though
  3. The Selection (no release date)- this was circulating in the rumor mill as being adapted soon
  4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th, 2016)- because J.K. Rowling can also do no wrong in my eyes. She is the Queen in my eyes, and always will be
  5. Ready Player One (December 15, 2017)- back in the day, I used to play lots of video games, so the premise is cool to the gamergirl residing deep within me
  6. Shatter Me (TV Show Fall of 2016)-omgicantevenimgoingtodie…. yeah so I really want this to be super good because I’m obsessed
  7. An Ember in the Ashes (rights were sold)- sold rights doesn’t mean anything really, but OMG I really NEED this.
  8. Red Queen (rights were sold)- I don’t need to reiterate what is obvious, they can take their time to adapt this because if it’s not done well, then a small part of me will die
  9. The Silver Chair (supposedly scheduled for 2016 according to IMDB, though unlikely at this point)- I attribute my love for fantasy to the man himself, C.S. Lewis. I also really enjoyed the BBC TV Series adaptations as a kid (one of my teachers played them in class) and I did love the new reboots. Like most series turned to movies, I stick it out to the end no matter what
  10. Shadow and Bone (rights were purchased a long time ago)- it’s annoying how long this one has been on the back burner. I can’t imagine reading this book that long ago, and then getting the news that it was going to be adapted only to continue WAITING. I need this to happen though because, well..  Darkling…

Let's Talk

What adaptations have you seen that had you saying “this is the best movie ever”? Which movies are in production right now and are making you freak out because you want to be first in line on opening night? Also, sort of rando, but do you have Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime? Can you tell me what movies are currently available to watch that you’re totally in love with right now? What about shows for marathoning purposes? My husband and I are watching Supernatural and omfgthisshowisthebesteverwhydidntieverwatchthisbefore we’re really enjoying it.

15 thoughts on “Reading the book is never enough for the true fan, sitting through the movie adaptation is merely phase two of the “Ultimate fangirl/fanboy” transformation process

  1. OH MY GOSH! ‘If I Stay’ WAS AMAZING! I haven’t read the book yet (it’s on my nightstand), but the movie was so good and it’s what spurred me to read the book! (You know… eventually. >.>)

    What?! Chronicles of Narnia is being remade?! Oo!! I loved this series when I was younger (but I haven’t seen most of the adaptations and I wasn’t impressed with the most recent Lion, Witch, Wardrobe). Hopefully they do this right!

    Okay. You and I need to discuss that Allegiant thing because I enjoyed the books, but the movies. Ugh! Why are comments so non-conducive to discussions?!

    P.s. This list reminds me of all the books I need to read before the movies comes out. *sigh* The list goes on…

    1. I just checked out the Audiobook of If I Stay from the library. I have a quote from the book as a wallpaper on my computer and I really wanted to experience the book first. Idk why though, I feel like movies always let me down if I read the book first as opposed to the other way around.
      Yeah!! They’re doing The Silver Chair!! I hope it’s really good! I love all Narnia stuff even if it’s not like super awesome and well done. Lol. I’m such a sucker for it.
      I really enjoyed the books and I am sort of not impressed with the movies. Though tbh, I watched divergent before reading and loved the movie and then really enjoyed the book after. I think reading first just ruins movies for me. Idk why. It odd. Now that I think about it, there are several movies that are adaptations that I loved before I read the book and then in the 2nd adaptation I am almost always disappointed… *Sigh.

      1. It’s because the movies aren’t made to be replicas of the book. They change characters, appearances, and plots making it almost entirely different from the original book. That’s why it’s disappointing. Well and because everyone has a different idea of how the movie should be done. Someone will always be disappointed.

        P.s. I can hardly think of a single book to movie adaptation that I enjoyed because it stayed true to the book. *sigh*

      2. It depends though bc the movie can spark interest and get someone to want to read the book, then they realize that books are better and a bookworm is born! (My idealist hopeful whims)

      3. Haha! There are quite a few movies that I watched before reading the book bc I had no interest in the book, the movie sparked that interest and then I was hooked. Maze Runner is a perfect example of this for me. 😊

  2. I keep wanting to watch If I Stay or Paper Towns. I read the books but didn’t really love either one. Also, I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but I thought Gone Girl was awesome.

      1. Paper Towns (the book) wasn’t bad. I liked it because I’ve lived in Orlando before and it was cool to kinda know the places they were talking about. But it’s definitely not my favorite of his.

  3. Every time I read a list with Fantastic Beasts in it, I mentally slap myself for not putting it on my list because c’mon, it’s Fantastic Beasts! The pictures from the set look so brilliant *cries* We’re almost a year away, much excite.

    Isn’t it frustrating when rights to a book have been sold but there isn’t any other news? It’s the same with the Bone Season. Like… come on, give me something to deal with here, I’m dying. T_T

    Great post! x

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