Let’s Talk Bookish – Book to Film Adaptations

Welcome to my Let’s Talk Bookish post! Created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits, this meme includes a set prompt which we are then let lose on to discuss.

This week’s prompt is:

Book to Film Adaptations

What are your favourite book to film adaptations?

I love Harry Potter, Bridget Jones Diary, Twilight, the list could go on! I will say though that the books are far superior to the films except with Bridget Jones Diary. In this very rare case I actually prefer the film to the book!

What are your least favourite ones?

Despite Harry Potter being my favourite, the later films fall into this category. The books get longer, so there isn’t the time to get everything in and the bits that did go in didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Do you think that books translate better to films or shows?

I would have to say shows as there is more time for things to be explored and improved upon. One example of this is the first season of Bridgerton. I loved the Netflix version of the book. I read the book afterwards and was actually quite disappointed by it (however I read the second book after the first and absolutely loved it and when season 2 came out that actually let me down!).

The reason behind shows generally being better in my opinion is that films have time constraints and therefore have to lose bits, whereas a show can be broken up and have longer episodes with which to explore everything that happens in the book.

Would you rather see a standalone or a book series adapted?

I don’t have a preference. A series means that there are films to look forward to in the future, but if a standalone is done well then I am ok with that!

What do you think is important for a successful book to film adaptation?

As not everything can be included in the film, it needs to at least be hinted at in the film, even if it is only brief. When something is completely left out I notice it and it gets on my nerves!

What about you?

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5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Book to Film Adaptations

  1. Diana L Forsberg

    I would have to say that some sort of multi-part series would be best. Just as you say, it allows for a more complete telling of the story. But when you “watch” a book, it forever changes how you relate to the book. The imagery / actors are in your mind rather than what your own imagination would have supplied. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing, but it does alter things.

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  2. WendyW

    I love the film adaptation of Bridgerton. I did like the Harry Potter books better than the movies, but not by much, they are both special.


    1. Emily Jane Post author

      It was good. Season 2 of Bridgerton wasn’t as good as the book. I agree that Harry Potter films are special. I’ve been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London where they have the props from the films.


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