Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book to Movies I Still Need to Watch


I think one of my 2017 Goals is going to be to watch more movies.  

I've been slacking when it comes to movies for at least 5 or so years.  If I don't see a movie at the theater, there's a really good chance that I'll never ever see the movie.  I know there's RedBox and other renting options, but that just seems like too much work for me-- plus, there's the whole remembering to return it,  and ughhh I'm super bad at that.  Sometimes a movie I've been meaning to watch will come on Netflix, but when I turn that on I'm in TV MODE and have a hard time switching my mind over to MOVIES.  Basically, I suck.  And that sucks because SO many of my fave books (and books I haven't read yet, but want to) have been made into movies-- and I missed them all!!



So here are some I'd like to catch up on-- and I need your input on what I should push to the front of the line!



If I Stay
  • Don't hate me, but I didn't LOVE the book.  I know-- I'm a robot w/ no heart.  But that doesn't mean I don't really really want to see this movie!
The 5th Wave
  • I haven't read this series, but I like the premise.  Not sure if the movie was good or not, since I didn't hear much about it, but I'm interested!
Vampire Academy
  • I'll probably never read this series-- because vampires.  BUT I've heard good things about the movie.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • I have issues.  How have I not watched this yet??  I mean, it features PITTSBURGH-- which is where I live!!  Also, Emma Watson!!  I need to watch this, like yesterday.
Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
  • I didn't love this book, but think it has potential to be a cool movie... maybe??
Paper Towns
  • One of the 2 John Green books I haven't read yet, but I will read the book & I really want to see this movie.




The DUFF
  • Ugh really really didn't like this book.  The thing is, when I found out the changes they made for the movie, I thought it sounded SO MUCH BETTER.  I'm really hoping it is!
The Host
  • Another book I'll probably never read, but I still feel like I need to see the movie.
It's Kind of a Funny Story
  • This is going to be a hard one because of the author's death and this being kind of a personal story for him.... I didn't even know it was a movie until a few months ago!!
Warm Bodies
  • I have the book, but I can only do zombie books/movie/TV every so often or I get too freaked out, so I haven't read it yet.  I know this one isn't the "typical" type of zombie, but still...
Jessica Darling's It List
  • Haven't read the book yet, but desperately want to find time for it.  I think it sounds adorably cute and I'd love to see little Jessica on the screen.
The Book Thief
  • Don't hate--- I haven't read this either!!!  I feel like this was a book a lot of people read for school and I missed that boat by about 8 years.
A Monster Calls
  • Just came out but want to see!!!!



Coming Soon-ish

I'm semi-excited about these movies being made:

13 Reasons Why
  • Is this coming to Netflix or not???
Before I Fall
  • EEK!!! I'm so nervous that this won't live up to the perfection of the book!!
Ready Player One
  • This is a Steven Spielberg movie, so you know it's going to be good.
Why We Broke Up
  • Hailee Steinfeld is attached because-- duh.
Looking For Alaska
  • I'm not sure WHEN this is happening, and I know John Green movies are getting old, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
  • I don't know when this is happening either, but Channing Tatum is attached somehow-- and OMG I'm so scared they'll fuck it up.  Some books are too good for Hollywood to mess with.
All the Bright Places
  • Elle Fanning is starring.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • Another Hailee Steinfeld attachment.  Can we get a few new YA leads maybe??  I'm sick of Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning, Shailene Woodley, etc.



I want to hear from you guys-- which movies are awesome??  Which are worth skipping?  Which ones do you still need to see?  What upcoming releases are you excited about?

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43 comments:

  1. So many of these our on my to-watch list! I actually own Perks of Being a Wallflower (thanks to a giveaway), but I keep forgetting to watch it. I definitely recommend trying The Duff. This is one case where the movie was MUCH better than the book.

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    1. I was kind of thinking that about The DUFF since there were a lot of changes-- or so I heard. I need to just buy Perks because HOLY HELL WHAT AM I DOING??

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  2. I loved the If I Stay movie. And honestly the second book is SO MUCH BETTER! Oh Adam and your story! He killed me so much. I'm also scared about Before I Fall. And I need to see The DUFF still.

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  3. I am so like you where I am bad at watching movies. I watch the hell out of TV and do lots of binges but movies I don't do. I want to see so many of these because books you know. Before I Fall and RPO are two I want to get to the theater for!

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    1. It is so hard to get into MOVIE mode when I turn on Netflix. I feel like I'm just automatically in EPISODE BINGE MODE. And I DEFINITELY have to get to the movies for Before I Fall-- otherwise I might never see it!!

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  4. I just saw Miss Peregrine a couple of weeks ago even though I haven't read the books, but I liked it though it did have some pacing issues for me.
    I need to see If I Stay as well! And The Duff. Bummer you didn't love the book (I love it!), but I liked the movie too. It was nothing like the book, but it was fun. I love Mae Whitman! :)
    Hahaha your last comment about the same girls being in the YA movies. 100% agree! I was whining about it just the other day. For guys, they all go for Nick Robinson, who isn't all that imo!
    I don't know if there are any movies I'm looking forward to, but maybe Everything Everything? I don't know haha!

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    1. I'm so happy The Duff is nothing like the book bc that book pissed me off a little (LOL). I didn't know Everything, Everything was getting made into a movie!! I still need to read that one!

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  5. I didn't read the book for If I Stay but I did see the movie, twice, and cried both times >.< It was so good! The 5th Wave is alright. I read the book and it obviously isn't the book, but my husband saw it with me and he actually enjoyed it! Paper Towns is better than the book, but that might not be saying much because I didn't like the book lol OMG AND THE DUFF. I just watched that, never read it, and it was so cute/good/funny!

    Molly @ Molly's Book Nook

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    1. I'm kinda nervous about the EMOTIONS with the IF I Stay movie. I mean, the book didn't really GET to me that much-- except the very beginning-- but it's always the music in movies that get me going!!

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  6. I LOVED the If I Stay and Perks of Being a Wallflower adaptations! They were incredibly well-done. Perks is one of my favorite books and movies as a result.

    I own Paper Towns and The DUFF and still haven't watched those effing movies.

    I can't wait for Before I Fall <333 I'm so nervous because it's one of my favorite books!

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    1. I SO need to watch Perks!! I'm kind of ashamed of myself for having NOT watched it. And I am TOTALLY nervous for Before I Fall. I feel like who that cast for Kent isn't the Kent I want him to be.

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  7. I still need to watch The Book Thief movie. Other than I do need to finish the Divergent and Hunger Games movies. I know there are a lot more too that I need to watch. I really loved the If I Stay Movie. :D

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    1. YES to Hunger Games!! I love those movies. The final one wasn't my FAVE, but I still think it's worth watching!

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  8. I saw The Fifth Wave movie, but never read the book. I was excited about the book, and the movie really ruined it for me. The movie (for me) was terrible. I read all of the Miss Peregrine books and they were okay. The movie is very different and definitely geared toward kids - it's not as dark. It was fun and my kids LOVED the movie. The Host was a winner - loved the book, loved the movie! I just got A Monster Calls and I want to read it before seeing the movie - I'm excited about that one. I absolutely cannot wait for Ready Player One. If you have not read it - read it! It is one of my all-time favorite books. Great post!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    1. Bummer about The Fifth Wave :( I am really happy to hear that about Miss Peregrine's though because my 9 year old wanted to see it-- and even though I read the book, I wasn't sure if the movie would be kid friendly or not-- it really could've went either way. So yay that we can watch that together! I am excited about A Monster Calls and RPO. And I need to read BOTH!!

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  9. I've only read a few of the books, and seen almost none of the movies. BUT, The Book Thief was an AMAZING book and a borderline boring movie. If I Stay was a pretty good movie. The Host was a boring book and a boring/cheesy movie. Didn't like either one.

    That's my $0.02.

    I can't wait to see A Monster Calls. :)

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    1. I totally need to see If I Stay to see if I really am an emotional robot or not :)

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  10. I loved the novel The Book Thief, but I haven't seen the movie. I've heard mixed things. The one you MUST see is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I loved it. Plus, the author wrote the screenplay and directed the film, so yay!!! :)

    -Lauren

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    1. I am ashamed of myself for not seeing Perks yet. I've failed as a Pittsburgher :(

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  11. The only one I've seen from this list is Paper Towns. I guess I need to step up my movie watching game too! I thought that Paper Towns was pretty equal to the book. It definitely wasn't my favorite John Green novel, so take that as you will.

    Incidentally, I do a feature on my blog called Friday Flicks. I try to review movies that are based on books. It serves as a great motivation to see movies and to explore books that I might not have otherwise read.

    Best of luck with tackling this list!

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    1. I really need to read Paper Towns. I've heard from a lot of people that it wasn't their fave John Green book, but since he's not putting out new books, I should really read what's available!

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  12. Ooh this is fun. Vampire academy is silly and a lot of bloggers have said the book is better, BUT I liked the movie. I mean don't take it to seriously but I liked the leads and I thought it was fun. Paper Towns I thought was okay, some people hate MArgo and yeah she did an irritating thing but again the cast isn't bad and I don't know, it's okay. Miss Peregrine's I kinda want to see?

    Before I Fall I'm looking forward to as well.

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    1. Vampires aren't my jam, but for some reason I want to try it. Good to know it's not a serious movie!! I didn't LOVE the Miss Peregrine's book, but I want to see what Tim Burton did with it!

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  13. You are not alone in this, Michelle. I haven't seen any of these either! I was so excited about some of them too. My TV/movie watching went out the window with kids. If I have quiet time, I'm reading not watching something. But I do really want to see If I Stay, Perks, and A Monster Calls. Maybe one day...lol. Oh, and I didn't even know Jessica's Darling's It List was a movies!

    I'm wary of the Before I Fall movie. All the Bright Places will shatter my heart all over again! :'(

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    1. Glad to know I'm not alone!! Kids really do suck up free time like vacuums!! You'll slowly get some of that back once they hit about 4, so there's that!!

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  14. I'm so bad at watching movie adaptations!! Out of your list I only saw 2 movies: Vampire Academy and The DUFF. So sorry you didn't enjoy The DUFF book :( The movie was cute in a "oh, this is just like every 90's teen movie" kind of way. But Mae is fantastic. Vampire Academy...look, if you completely ignore the book, then sure, it was an okay movie. BUT as an adaptation, it wasn't that great. It wasn't even good. It glossed over so many important aspects of the book. But even separated from the book, I felt like it was a bad remake of Mean Girls, with vampires.

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    1. I love that you said The Duff is like a 90's teen movie!! I was just talking the other day about how much I miss those!!

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  15. I've only seen a few of these but I liked The DUFF adaption! The VA adaptation is horrendous. Like, seriously unwatchable.

    HOw did I not know about Jessica Darling's It List?! ♥

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    1. Hahaha about the VA adaptation!! Vampires aren't really my thing anyway! I'm not sure WHERE Jessica Darling's It List was released-- if it was like a made for TV thing or a web series?? But yeah, it was a thing somewhere!

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  16. I did a post like this last year, and I looked back at it at the end of this year and realized I STILL hadn't watched most of them. Oops! The only ones on your list that I've seen are The 5th Wave (it wasn't great), The Host (it was halfway decent, but not nearly as good as the book and I don't think I would have liked it at all if I hadn't read the book first), and Warm Bodies (I liked it way better than the book!).

    Guess we need a Book to Movie Challenge. Hmmm ... I haven't seen one of those.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. You actually inspired me to watch a book-based movie last night! Since If I Stay was available free via Amazon Prime, I chose that one. I'm like you---I didn't enjoy the book all that much. In fact I only gave it two stars, which is really low for me. But I liked the movie a lot more!

      Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    2. That is so awesome to hear!! I have Amazon Prime and really need to just DO IT before it leaves!!

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  17. This is one of my goals too! I only saw 4 movies in theaters last year- MAJOR fail! If I Stay is on my list to see too. It's on Amazon Prime if that helps! I really liked the Vampire Academy movie despite other people hating it so I'm curious to hear your thoughts! P.S. I love your heading image on this post, it reminds me of Saved by the Bell!

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    1. Vampires aren't my thing, but it's on Netflix so I think I'm going to try it. Also, I was TOTALLY going for a Saved by the Bell look!!!

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  18. If I Stay was...okay? The only other one Ive seen is The Duff. I love the book but the movie is much different. I really liked both :)

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

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    1. Since If I Stay is on Amazon Prime, I'm going to try it. The book was just okay for me, so I'm not expecting much. Also, I'm kind of excited to try The Duff since it is so different from the book-- because I did NOT like the book!!

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  19. Oh man, I love movies!! But I know what you mean, I'm not great at watching new movies at home. I love going to the theater and watching favorites on dvd. So I can definitely relate to this goal! I liked The 5th Wave book a lot and def want to rent the movie; and I heard Vampire Academy was pretty fun! The Duff was so embarrassing but really cute and funny too, and 100% different from the book lol.

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    1. YES!! Like I'll watch Can't Hardly Wait or Teen Witch or Home Alone for the 999th time at home, but won't ever watch anything new. I go to the movies a lot, but usually it's all kid stuff that I end up seeing because of my kid :)

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  20. I really enjoyed The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Warmbodies. I liked both book and movie versions. Great list, Michelle. :)

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    1. I'm so curious about Warm Bodies. And Perks is a MUST for me. I think I'm just going to buy it so I have no excuse not to watch it!!

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  21. Great list!! I need to see most of these movies too! I have seen The Host, though, and really enjoyed that :)
    Hope you get to watch more movies this year!

    New follower :)
    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  22. This is a great list and reminded me of so many movies I need to watch and books I need to read! I would definitely recommend Warm Bodies (the movie, I haven't read the book). It was cute, and sweet, and funny!

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  23. Ooh, I've watched quite a few of these! Although on the topic of the fifth wave, watching the move just kind of made me realise how much I truly disliked the book. Not to say that I liked the movie a whole lot better, I didn't. It forced me to look back through the book, and remember that I was a lot lot younger when I read it; and the consider that maybe it wasn't so great after all.

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