Books for Life is where I share bookish lists, recommendations, and favourites. You can also catch me talking about non-bookish things here, as well as my life outside of blogging. Today I’m talking about…
watching adapted movies before reading the book
I really don’t buy into “bookworm rules”, like you have to read a book before watching a movie adaptation of it. I find it utterly ridiculous, to be honest. I used to try to read the book before watching the movie but in all honesty I actually prefer watching the movie first. I can handle what’s coming in a book, because more often than not a movie adaptation of a book is pretty vastly different, and the book will add subplots and side characters that weren’t even in the movie. But I love watching a movie and not knowing what’s going to happen. So if an adaptation is coming and I haven’t read the book you won’t find me scrambling to fit it in before I see the movie.
Which is how I ended up not reading the books of these adaptations before watching them. And it didn’t matter a bit because I ended up enjoying all of them a lot *smug face*
a wrinkle in time
I actually watched this movie on the weekend! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was magical and whimsical and extremely special. I have no idea why it flopped at the box office, smh. I’d really like to watch it again because I feel like there were so many hidden messages in the story, and I’m sure I probably missed some. The biggest take away I got from A Wrinkle in Time is that nobody is perfect, even the people you think are. And that your faults are part of you as a person, and embracing and accepting them is a lot better than hating yourself for them. I loved the fact that a biracial black girl was the heroine of this film!! She was absolutely amazing.
before i fall
I actually bought a DVD copy of this movie when I saw it on sale because I liked it so much. This, like A Wrinkle in Time, is a movie with a lot of lessons. I loved watching Samantha start off as someone who didn’t really care about the important things, or the effect she had on people, and then realise that she wasn’t living her best life. Also, I am always down for movies that involve days repeating over and over!!
This movie was so cute and romantic!! I know the disability themes have hurt some readers and viewers, and I 100% acknowledge that. But this is also one of few YA adaptations with a black girl at the helm and I think that’s something to be celebrated. I really did enjoy this movie, and I thought that the way Olly treated Maddie was so soft. Nick Robinson, bless.
me and earl and the dying girl
I randomly watched this movie because I knew it was based off a YA book, and also I wanted something to watch. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I thought it was cute and quirky, and I laughed quite a bit. I really loved Rachel, and I thought her relationship with the main character was on point. I may have also cried a bit.
This is one adaptation that I saw in the cinema! I saw it with a friend, and to be honest we were laughing the whole time. As soon as this one came out on DVD I bought a copy, and I’ve watched it countless times since. It always managed to bring my mood up, and I love it for that. It’s also pretty hard to make me laugh, so props to The DUFF for being able to do that.
to all the boys i’ve loved before
Ah, yes, the adaptation that literally everyone is talking about! Which I watched the weekend it was released on Netflix. I thought it was super cute, but I want to watch it again because I feel like I might have missed something because even though I enjoyed it I am not feeling the hype that everyone else is. Regardless, this is an adaptation that I thought was romantic and adorable. Also, I want Lara Jean’s bedroom and wardrobe, thanks.
Have you seen any of these adaptations? What did you think? What are some adaptations that you saw without reading the book first?