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10 movie adaptations that are just as good as the book

We all know that saying: "The book is always better than the movie!" While this is true in many cases, there are certain screen gems that do great justice to their source material. So, if you just finished reading that unbelievably good book and are still a little iffy about trying out the Hollywood version, here are ten movie adaptations that will affect you just as much as the hard copy did. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

The award-winning novel about Charlie's first year in high school is a staple in the coming-of-age genre, and the movie packed just as hard of a punch. Seriously, you're literally just going to want to give all the characters a hug. 

Where to watch: Netflix

Little Women 

This classic tale of four sisters growing up in the 1860s has spread its message across generations, prompting quite a few movie adaptations. However, the recently revamped 2019 retelling stands out, featuring an amazing cast and really bringing the empowering themes of feminism, love and sisterhood to new heights. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

The Fault in Our Stars 

Remember how hard you cried when you got to the final chapters of this John Green masterpiece? Yea, well don't expect anything different from the movie. We mean it, have tissues prepared. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

The Hunger Games

Katniss, our favorite modern literary role model, possessed undeniable heroism on the page *and* on the screen. Who else wanted to take archery lessons after bingeing this trilogy? 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

To All the Boys I've Loved Before  

We had to include the love story that has inspired audiences to pick up letter-writing and cherry-turnover baking. Pro Tip: There are just as many sweets in the book as there are in the movie, so of course you're going to need a snack if you're trying to dive into Lara Jean's love life. 

Where to watch: Netflix

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe makes us crave those innocent and adventurous games with our siblings (with a side of Turkish delight). The dreamy cinematography will make you feel like you're inside your own imagination. 

Where to watch: Disney +

The Book Thief 

A shining ember in a time of smoke and devastation, Liesel secretly shares the books she steals with the Jewish refugee hiding in her basement in Nazi Germany. Both the book and the movie have the power to shift the way you define freedom. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Love, Simon 

The movie, adapted from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, follows an endearing high school student struggling to come out to his family and friends, all while falling in love with an anonymous classmate online. It's an extremely relevant and empowering story translated beautifully to film, serving as a true sign of the times. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

The Hate U Give  

Starr was introduced to the world during a time of great need: a need for representation, a need for justice and a need to be heard. Angie Thomas blessed our bookshelves with an unapologetic voice that understood these needs. Bringing Starr to the big screen simply amplified it. 

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

*All* the Harry Potter movies

We wouldn't have a list if we didn't include the enchanting works of J.K. Rowling. While the movies may not have been able to capture all of the twist and turns of Harry's journey, they are iconic in and of themselves, and only expanded the audience arguing over if they're House Gryffindor or Hufflepuff!

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Videos

Did you agree or disagree with our picks? Let us know in the comments. 


by Cassandra R Lopez | 4/15/2020