Young Adult book-to-movie adaptations have been very popular in the movie industry lately. It's like Hollywood suddenly noticed that Young Adult books have great stories too!
I personally LOVE book-to-movie adaptations! We as readers visualize the story in our heads and with the movie we can finally see the stories with our own eyes.
A book-to-movie adaptation can work totally perfect, like with Love, Simon (based on the novel Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli), but it can also turn into a flop, like with the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series (based on the series with the same name by Rick Riordan). I haven't read nor watched the Percy Jackson series, but based on what I've heard from the bookstagram community, the movies did not look like the books at all and the casting was also very off.
I can't form an opinion on a movie that I haven't watched, so I'll make sure to share my opinions on here, once I've read the books and seen the movies!
My favorite movie adaptations so far are Love, Simon, Everything, Everything and To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Ready Player One (based on the novel with same name by Ernest Cline) was a great movie, but did not look a lot like the book. Some pretty major things were left out, which was a bummer. But with Ready Player One I decided to rate it based on if I enjoyed the movie and I sure did!! To All the Boys I've Loved Before also left out some things, but I know that you can't keep everything in the story, because otherwise the movie would've probably been about three hours long.
I would've loved to tell you if I liked the adaptation of my favorite 2018 read, The Hate U Give, but sadly that movie doesn't come out in theaters in The Netherlands until january 24th. That's another thing I want to talk a little more about. Ever since I started reading YA books, a couple of adaptations has hit the big (or little) screen. But what bothered me a little was that every time YA adaptations comes out in American theaters, it doesn't come out in The Netherlands for another three to four months! I always get very excited when I see the release date for a movie and then when I search for it on the website of a Dutch cinema, the release date is three or four months later.
Take The Hate U Give for example: the movie came out in the USA on october 5th and in the Netherlands it wil come out on january 24th. That's more than three months later. It's just very weird.
Now that I mention it: The Hate U Give is coming out in The Netherlands in a few weeks and I will make sure to watch it on the first day! I can't wait!!
What are your thoughts on book-to-movie-adaptations?
Until next time!