Hello again lovely people and welcome to part two of my Movie to Book Challenge! I had so much fun researching movies and books in part one, so I decided to simply give it another go. Once again, I asked around for people’s favorite movies (or TV shows). I then decided on a short list of the ones I would find interesting to match. We’ve got romance, fantasy, action etc. and I’m really curious about your opinions. Do you agree? Did I miss the mark? Let me know!
The Umbrella Academy (2019)
One of the hottest Netflix shows right now and with good reason. A bunch of kids with special abilities are adopted (ahem, bought) by an eccentric billionaire in order to raise and train them as heroes. Many years later, the children meet again when their “father” dies. They all carry heavy baggage but it’s nothing compared to the unbelievable news: the apocalypse will be upon them within a week and they must unite to stop it.
The Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Mila Flores and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. So when Riley and two Fairmont Academy mean girls die under weird circumstances, Mila won’t believe that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. So, she uses a grimoire to bring the girls back to life – unfortunately they don’t remember their murder. With seven days until the girls return to their graves, Mila must manage a distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer.
This tragedy of a love story between the doomed Paris and the beautiful Helena is like a horror version of Romeo and Juliet. Their forbidden love inspire the Greeks to attack Troy – a battle that lasts longer than anyone expected and later becomes a legend. Death, war, love, prophesies, gods and betrayal are main topics of this sad classic tale.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This was a no-brainer. When I think of Troy, the new interpretations of the ancient tales come to mind. The Song Of Achilles tells the story of Achilles and Patroclus – and their tragic entering of the Trojan War. We meet familiar characters such as Paris and Helena and the movie and book share the same sad atmosphere of putting glory and satisfaction above life and love.
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Another TV show. I’m not surprised as Netflix, HBO and Prime are really bringing it lately! I think most people have at least heard of Gilmore girls. It’s a heart-warming story of a mom and her teen daughter growing up together in a town full of loony characters. We get drama, love, heartbreak and tons of book references. I watched this show obsessively years ago when I came home from elementary/middle school and Rory was definitely one of my inspirations for picking up books.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
This might seem like a weird comparison since Lara Jean lost her mother at a young age. However, I find the fun and quirky vibes similar. Lara Jean has a strong attachment to her family – even when they fight and hate each other – just like Rory. She is also quite sensitive and sometimes misunderstand the situation – just like Lorelai. Both Gilmore Girls and TATBILB also include school life, first love and lots of drama.
One of my own favorite movies as well. I LOOOVE space and everything I can find about it – movies, books, classes etc. Interstellar is long and it’s deep. It also happens to be a brilliant story that explores the boundaries of time, space and human connections. A space journey that’s supposed to help mankind from going extinct on Earth takes a wild turn. Figuring out how (and when) to return becomes a question with an unlikely answer and a time-bending variable.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Another popular book (and movie actually). When Mark is considered dead by his crew, they have no choice but to evacuate from their mission on Mars without him. However, Mark isn’t dead and now he has to face the cold planet on his own. He somehow has to find motivation to survive while struggling with mechanical failures, supply shortage and the cruel environment. Also, he’s miles and miles and miles away from Earth and any chance of reaching out for help.
Mamma mia (2008)
Another popular choice. Sophie is getting married but she has lived alone with her mother (Donna) on an island her whole life and doesn’t know who her father is. Donna’s diary contain many scenes of a wild youth, including the overlapping relationships with three men. One of these men might be Sophie’s dad so she decides to invite them all to her wedding without telling her mother.
The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Tailor Jenkins Reid
Just Like Donna, we get to know Evelyn’s story in small portions. Both of these ladies have had a wild youth filled with romance – some better than others – and it has scarred both of them as well. They are big personalities who demand attention and besides the music in one and the setting in the other, the stories are similar in their core.
I survived again! Nonsense.. this was super fun! Unless I get some kind of plee to stop making challenge posts, you can expect more of them in the future. I’m really enjoying the research and revisiting books I’ve read over the years. let me know if you agree with the comparisons in a comment below!