Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Favorite Book Quotes, but in honor of Banned Book Week, I decided to share the banned books with my favorite adaptations.
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Thank goodness we have books, right? Especially the banned ones. 😉
(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.
I couldn’t help but be moved by The Hate U Give, both the book and film. I highly recommend both.
Currently available to rent through YouTube and Amazon Prime Video
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.
Reading The Book Thief is an experience I don’t think I will ever forget, and I thought the film was very well done, too. The first half of the book was somewhat slow, but I sped through the second half.
Currently available to rent from YouTube, Vudu, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video.
The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity’s unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.
Sometimes the best adaptations aren’t literal ones. Easy A is a modern day retelling of The Scarlet Letter that is funny, but also carries an important message.
Currently available to rent from Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
A heroic story of friendship and belonging.
It may be purely nostalgia for me, but The Outsiders film has a special place in my heart. I’m fairly confident I saw the film before I read the book, but I think it was pretty close. The Outsiders is a unique book about friends during a pivotal time in history.
Currently available on HBO Max or to rent from Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, and iTunes.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status.
I was a fan of the 1974 Robert Redford version of The Great Gatsby first, but I remember thinking there wasn’t a better choice for a modern day version than Leonardo DiCaprio. I know some readers detest The Great Gatsby, but every time I reread it, I find something new. I think it’s beautifully written.
The 1974 version is currently available for free for Amazon Prime subscribers or to rent through YouTube, Vudu, or iTunes. The 2013 version is currently available to rent from YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, and Amazon Prime Video.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.
It’s been several years since I saw the film, but I recently reread The Color Purple, and several scenes and characters were brought even more to life thanks to the film adaptation.
Currently available on Hulu or to rent from YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, or Amazon Prime Video.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.
So maybe not read or watch this in the current climate for the first time…. or maybe do?? The Hulu adaptation has the bones of the book, but goes so much further.
Currently available to view on Hulu or to rent through YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, or Amazon Prime Video.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.
While I enjoyed the book for nostalgic reasons, the film brings The Perks of Being a Wallflower to life even more. I thought it was very well done.
Currently available to watch on Netflix or to rent from YouTube, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, or iTunes.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
WINNING MEANS FAME AND FORTUNE.
LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH.
THE HUNGER GAMES HAVE BEGUN. . . .
I read The Hunger Games before I saw the film, but now the two are almost inseparable in my mind. It’s time for a reread. If only I could find the time.
Currently available for free for Amazon Prime subscribers or to rent from Vudu, YouTube, or iTunes.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
“The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.” Chuck Palahniuk’s outrageous and startling debut novel that exploded American literature and spawned a movement.
So, I’ve only seen the film, but I do own the book. I’ve heard many readers say the film is better, but someday I want to actually read Fight Club.
Currently available to watch on HBO Max or to rent from YouTube or Vudu.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
For Banned Book Week (and a prompt on my Popsugar Reading Challenge) I’m currently reading All the Bright Places. I’m trying to prepare myself for possible heartache. I’m planning on watching the adaptation when I finish the book…. because I’m always a glutton for more heartache. 😉
Currently available to watch on Netflix.
Which do you prefer, book or film? Can you think of other banned books with great adaptations? Let me know in the comments!