Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these, I just got back from Stirling over the weekend and it was really nice to get a change of scenery for a couple of weeks!
Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week I’m going completely off topic as the Books I Loved But Never Reviewed is a topic I did a few years ago, so instead I’m going to talk about Film/TV Adaptations I’ve Watched Where I Haven’t Read The Book (yes, I do this, no I don’t feel bad about it, there are certain things I like in films that I don’t enjoy reading about). So here we go:
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society-2018 (Book by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer)
I really enjoyed this film, anything relating to books is like catnip to me so of course a film about an underground book society in 1940s Nazi occupied Guernsey fits both my book requirements and my history nerd requirements. I haven’t felt the urge to pick up the book though because it’s an epistolary novel and those don’t really work for me.
2. To All The Boys I Loved Before-2018 (Book by Jenny Han)
To All The Boys I Loved Before is a cute enough film, if a little overly cheesy but I wouldn’t read the book because I don’t like romance as the main focus of the books I read, where I tend to enjoy it more in films.
3. Love, Simon-2018 (Book by Becky Albertalli)
Again, the same issue with this one as To All The Boys, I’m not really a big fan of books where the main plot is romance, which is one of the many, many reasons I want to see more LGBTQ+ fantasies, as I obviously want to support those stories but contemporary romances don’t really work for me as a reader. I did enjoy the film though, I thought it was really cute.
4. The Devil Wears Prada-2006 (Book by Lauren Weisberger)
Honestly at this point, the film is such a firm favourite of mine that I don’t think I could read the book at this point because I’d just spend most of the time making comparisons! It’s also the kind of book that I probably wouldn’t be particularly drawn to anyway, and most of the reviews I’ve seen haven’t been great, so I think I’ll stick to rewatching the film over and over (and over) again.
5. Bridget Jones’ Diary-2001 (Book by Helen Fielding)
I have on occasion flipped through an old copy of this book that we have, but I’ve never read the whole thing. Again, this comes down to a difference of interests in books and films, I’m not really a romance reader but I love a good rom-com.
6. Good Omens-2019 (Book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
I’d actually really like to read this book, it just wasn’t on my radar until the series came out! I really enjoyed the Amazon Prime limited series, I thought it was really well done and Michael Sheen and David Tennant were just brilliant. Hopefully I enjoy the book just as much when I get around to reading it.
7. Normal People-2020 (Book by Sally Rooney)
Like many people, I watched Normal People during lockdown and I enjoyed it but have no real desire to read the book. Again, the primary focus of the story is romance and to be honest, I would feel incredibly awkward reading all those sex scenes!
8. Confessions of A Shopaholic-2009 (Book by Sophie Kinsella)
I’ll be honest, I mostly watched this film because I think Hugh Dancy is cute! But it’s a sweet, if a little silly film that’s a lot of fun. I have no real desire to read the book though, because again, not a romance reader.
9. Ella Enchanted-2004 (Book by Gail Carson Levine)
I know, sacrilege as I’ve heard from many a fan of the book that the film doesn’t follow it at all, but it’s a really fun, campy, fairytale film and I really enjoyed it. I might read the book one day, but so far it’s still sitting on my TBR.
10. Game of Thrones-2011-2019 (Books by George RR Martin)
Like many people, I came across Game of Thrones first through the TV show and whilst I did enjoy the TV show (whilst acknowledging the issues with sexism and racism in particular) I don’t think I’ll be reading the books, they’re too long and I’m not really sure George RR Martin is someone that I want to support.
So there we go, those are some of the films/TV shows that I have watched without reading the books. Have you seen any of these? Did you read the books? Let me know in the comments!
I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, the topic is Books That Should Be Adapted Into Netflix Movies/Shows, but I feel like a lot of the books I want to see adapted have already had adaptations announced, so instead I’m going to twist it slightly and do Netflix Book Adaptations That I’m Looking Forward To.