Five best film adaptations faithful to their books.
The Book Thief
While the book has more details than the movie could possibly give, here’s one movie that hasn’t changed any major storylines that would impact its production. The plot centers around a young girl, Liesel, who lives in Nazi Germany during WWII with adoptive parents who house a Jewish man named Max. Liesel became passionate about reading and writing because she had always struggled to do so and when she joined the Hitler Youth movement with her neighbor friend, Rudy. She takes offense at the burning of the books and steals one. The mayor’s wife sees her and allows her to enter her home at any time to read, but is eventually caught by the mayor and is fired never to return, which turns her into a “book thief” as she sneaks in. the library borrow books and don’t get caught.
As a novel for young adults, the book was an international bestseller, translated into 63 languages and sold over 16 million copies. Additionally, his feature film adaptation was a box office hit, grossing more than four times the cost of production, and received numerous nominations and accolades for instrumental composition at the Golden Globe, Grammy, Academy Awards, and more. The book and the movie are both a great experience, and the movie can be found on Amazon Prime Video!
The main problem when adapting a philosophical novel into a film is the amount of speech and internal monologues that must be reduced in order to make it enjoyable to watch on film. The book had a lot more layers to describe Pi’s life as a teenager and his connection to religion, but the film still flowed the book by touching on almost every major event that happened, even if it did. acted for short moments. The story follows Pool, “Pi”, who is the son of a zoo director who asks his family to move to Canada, thus taking a freight boat with their animals from India to North America for sell the animals and settle down. During their journey, the ship encounters a big storm that drowns her family, but leaves Pi to survive and get to the safety of a lifeboat that now houses her, a few other animals, and the dangerous family tiger, Richard Parker.
What the film does well is portray any internal thoughts Pi may have had in the filmed novel without saying them, leaving audiences to empathize with him in this situation. Many of Pi’s internal thoughts and feelings as he coexists in the middle of the ocean with a deadly animal are conveyed in narrative form as he writes his account of the more than 200 days he spent at sea, which makes it possible to explore questions about the life he had. in the book too. The film was a cinematic masterpiece and grossed $ 609 million at the box office, which is very lucky for a film that is not already cult. The book is worth reading, but you can also find the film on Hulu or HBO Max!
One of the impressive ways the film transformed the book’s storytelling was transforming the visuals from black and white to color. In the dystopian world that the main character Jonas lives in, everything is supposed to be uniform or “the same.” Having said that, no one is allowed to see in color, children are genetically modified and from different mothers, they are not allowed to lie and children are given careers. Jonas is assigned as an apprentice to the memory catcher, whom Jonas calls “the giver,” and is the only person in town with access to the memories of the whole story. Given the secrecy of his work, he distances himself from the people around him, is granted special privileges like lying, and the information he learns begins to weigh on him as he experiences beauties and tragedies. of life that make it interesting. Jonas and the Giver conspire to recreate society, which begins with Jonas escaping and taking the unwanted baby who is about to be killed.
The book is a Newbery Medal winning piece and is used in many school programs to be important and influential work. However, the film received some criticism, especially on the action style of the characters. Since most people have different interpretations of the characters in their book, this is why the reviews were mixed and the story is and always has been very interesting to read and watch. The film is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video!
Unlike the others on this list, the author of this book, Emma Donoghue was also the one who delivered the screenplay adaptation. The story shows a five-year-old boy named Jack and his mother trapped in a room in which she has been held captive for seven years. Her biological father is the one who holds them captive and has continuously sexually assaulted her mother while they are held hostage together in a shed. In a series of events after becoming curious about the outside world, Jack plays dead and manages to escape the room and attract the attention that saves him and his mother from his biological father who is arrested. Jack learns for the first time how to cope with the new world around him as his mother has to re-familiarize with life while suffering from her mental illnesses from the trauma she has suffered.
One of the main differences between the book and the movie is that in the book the narration comes from the young boy, Jack, while in the movie the subjectivity is shared between him and his mother. Understanding the simplicity of the language in the book shows that the perspective coming only from Jack would have made the story much slower to go through and it might have been more difficult to realize the emotional moments of the two main actors. Regardless, the plot is very similar and if you are interested in the film picked up by A24, it is available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video!
Finally, here is another adaptation whose screenplay was written by the author and another which won a Newbery medal for its contribution to young literature. The plot follows the character of Stanley from the Yelnats family who has been doomed and wrongly convicted of stealing a charitable donation leading him to a juvenile detention camp called Camp Green Lake to serve his sentence. All inmates at the camp are referred to by their nicknames and they spend their days digging holes in the desert and are rewarded with days off making valuable finds. Stanley befriends the other campers as they uncover the flaws in the system they are part of and upon Stanley’s release he finds material that changes his life forever and helps his family break the cycle they are in. were intended.
The book is another often featured in the teen program due to the interesting plot, portrayal of POCs (people of color), portrayal of incarcerated youth, and themes surrounding race and class. Its importance prompted Walt Disney Pictures to choose it as a project and received generally positive reviews. If you want to see the movie, you can watch it on Disney +!