Sometimes my opinion for a book is swayed by an adaption, and, yes, sometimes I like the adaptation better than the book (a sin, I know)! I don't think it's bad to like the movie/show better than the book, because, really, sometimes stories are meant for one particular medium and don't translate as well on another, and sometimes they work well on both. But, that's not what this post is about, per say. It's more about some recent adaptations that have gotten me excited or encouraged me to read the book.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I read the first book in this series several years ago and loved it! It was so much better than I had thought it would be and strongly reminded me of X-Men (of which I was a HUGE fan back then). Now, with the gorgeous trailer for the film out (go watch it if you haven't yet, and go watch it again if you already have) I think it's time to pick the books up again. I own the whole trilogy and I'm not really sure what's kept me from reading them all at this point. So, yeah, while I knew I was already excited for this film and in love with the book, the movie has got me all ramped up again.
Me Before You
This isn't the sort of book I would regularly pick up, but after seeing the trailer for the film (which features the beautiful Sam Claflin) I couldn't help but hurrying over to Amazon.com and buying a copy immediately. I still haven't read it, but it's high on my list to get to right now, and I'm rather surprised that it would ever have been the case. I don't think there's been another movie or show from a genre I don't read that has gotten me to actually read the source material.
I read The Magicians several years ago and was not thrilled with it. In fact, one could say I hated it. Though, I suppose that might be too strong a word, because, by the time I finished it, I was so depressed by the story and the characters that I could feel nothing at all for the book. I put it down, completely unsatisfied. So, understandingly, when the show aired on The Magicians I wasn't really excited for it. I only watched it because my Dad and Lauren (who's blog you should go check out ASAP) told me it was really a good show. I sat down, and within the first ten minutes I was in love with the show. It's dark, ambitious, and full of ambiguous, but not sceevy like I remember the book being, and actually a really good show. Right now, it's one of my favorites. And, actually, it may be convincing me to retry reading the book. Crazy, yeah? I'm still debating- I'm going to see how the ending of the series leaves me feeling, because that's where the book lost me.
Has an adaptation ever changed your opinion of a book? Let me know in the comments!