Hey Guys! I wanted to make a fun post this time since I already shared a review of What if It’s Us this week. So I’m going for an original challenge (although I’m sure there are many similar ones out there). The Movie to Book Challenge is simple. I asked people on Instagram and in real life to provide either their favorite or just a random movie title. THEN, I matched them with books that either have a similar vibe, characters, setting or plot and here’s the final list. I’m sure you’ll disagree with a few of them and that’s totally okay, in fact, I’d love to hear your point of view!
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (2005)
We all know the story of Charlie, the poor good-hearted boy who wins the ultimate prize – a tour of Willy Wonka’s glorious chocolate factory. There are multiple movie adaptions but the one best know (by multiple generations) is the one starring johnny Depp who perfects the weird Wonka. So which book can imitate this peculiar twist of magical adventure, dark undertones and morale lecture?
The Big Friendly Giant (BFG) by Roald Dahl
The only way to match the vibes of Charlie is with another Roald Dahl book. In BFG, Dahl once again plays with magic while making children understand darkness and learn from it. In this story, Sophie is taken by a giant – but thankfully not one of the mean bone crusher giants. When the bad giants decide to attack England, Sophie and the BFG must stop them but it’s not easy when you’re just a little girl and a friendly giant.
In this sci-fi movie, a woman is captured and used to smuggle drugs internally. When the drugs get into her system, it expands her brain capacity and she is no longer limited by human boundaries. She seeks revenge over the ones who tricked her and to share her new, infinite knowledge with the right people. I like the idea that an ordinary woman begins to understand the greater perspective of life when her brain is made capable of absorbing and processing this knowledge.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I immediately thought of Illuminae. While we’re still in the sci-fi genre, the settings here are a bit more extreme. Set in space, a horrible attack on Kady’s homeplanet, Kerenza IV, makes her seek revenge upon the enemy. She uses her unique hacking skills to dig deep and when she realize who is behind the attack and why it was ordered, a bigger perspective shows itself. Kady desperately wants to share her knowledge and make the universe understand what’s going on.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
I’m sure i don’t have to say too much, right? The fourth book and movie adaption of Harry Potter is kind of a turning point for the series. In this movie, the franchise turns a bit darker as we face death and the ultimate enemy head-on for the first time. Harry is also forced to compete in a tournament with dangerous, magical tasks to become the ultimate champion. Forces beyond Harry’s control try to decide the outcome of the tournament but in the end, only Harry’s courage and determination decide how far he gets.
Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
This was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and the first book in years to give me Harry Potter vibes – while being it’s own universe completely. Morrigan is said to be cursed and doomed on her eleventh-birthday. Instead, she is swept away by a weird character who makes her his apprentice in the world of Nevermoor. Morrigan loves all the whimsical magic and unique creatures here, however, in order to stay she has to complete a series of trials – weirder than anything she has ever experienced.
Lord of the Rings (2001)
In this story we encounter evil so dark, it has the power to consume the entire world. The only people who are pure enough to withstand this evil are the friendly hobbits – no larger than kids to the human eye but with giant hearts of peace and joy. When evil begins to stur and plan for the world’s doom, one of these hobbits has no choice but to face a dangerous path to destroy the ring – the ultimate dark weapon.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
I can’t think of anyone who has accomplished what Tolkien did with Lord of the Rings – creating an entire universe with every little detail well thought through. From languages to creatures and legends, nothing is missing in the world of Game of Thrones and the darkness that lurks, resembles that of LOTR as well. The characters are extremely diverse with various degrees of evil within them too, however, the main difference is that GoT is a lot more graphic with violence and adult content.
Sex Education (2019)
I’m bending the rules a bit and including this hilarious Netflix series. Other than being filled with funny (and sometimes sad) problems of teenagers going through puberty, it’s also very bright and almost cartoonish with caricatures of stereotypes. We have the bubbly gay best friend, the hardcore punk chick (who’s not really all that tough), the perfect athlete student and the quirky, yet likeable, guy with only a few friends and an awkward virgin status.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I instantly thought of the fun bunch within the Simon-verse and more specifically the characters of this book. Molly crushes on guys quite often but is too shy and awkward to ever do anything about it. She has a few close friends and a great family, all with colorful personalities and multiple orientations. She’s struggling with who she is and everything that’s happening around her and decides to take small steps towards being brave and allowing herself both to succeed and fail.