7 Book to Film Adaptations That Are Underrated By Society

As we know there are a ton of book to movie adaptations out there with some of them less desirable then others (ahem The Scarlet Letter with Demi Moore) but there are few that for some reason society doesn’t like when they rightfully should! These are seven films that I have watched and loved over the years but  I don’t feel society gives them the attention and credit they deserve. They may not stay true to the book, they have something about them that makes them memorable or recognizable.

V for Vendetta

I don’t know why this film isn’t higher on best adaptation lists. It is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Most people will say, “oh well they changed a lot of novel to make it a movie” and I respond with, “ok, well its still a bad ass movie with a kick-ass Natalie Portman and the same central message.”

And also it was gorgeously created. The cinematography was divine and the acting was believable and tear-worthy by the end.  Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Clash Of The Titans (1981)

This one is actually based on Greek mythology, but I think it counts. I also only have room in my heart for the original 1981 version, NOT the 2010 one. Yes, the graphics look terrible these days, and it might be hard for the younger crowd to watch the whole thing through, but this is one fantastic film.

I think people need to give it props for sticking relatively true to the myth (unlike the 2010 version which has spurred much debate with my coworkers) and it’s memorable. Anyone who has seen it probably wont forget that toy-like Kraken raising from the sea like it was a giant kids bath tube or the constantly furrowed brow of our hero, Perseus.  Oh how could you forget Medusa’s head at the end killing the Kraken? You cant!

The Time Machine

OK, shut up. I don’t want to hear it. I know this movie barely stays true to the book. But I still loved it in its own right. I think Guy Pearce did a great job capturing the transformation from stuffy scientist to a man of action and confidence.

The film also brilliantly showed the cause and effect portion of the story in a way that almost any viewer can understand the paradox.

I also feel this film is underrated because it took a lot of time showing different periods of time in a believable way. Most films set in the future I think go overboard with crazy gadgets and storylines but this one was one of the most believable. I loved the transformation the library takes over the years.

So give it a chance, step outside of the novel if you have to. Because there’s a place called tomorrow… a land of joy and sorrow… cant you see? (Yup that’s a time traveling song)

Starship Troopers

Based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein, this has to be one of the best science fiction movies and books ever. I don’t normally like war movies unless they are fighting giant aliens and thankfully this movie has that.

The biggest reason people don’t like this film is the romantic subplots that are non-existent in the actual book. But I have to give props to the movie for including it because I think it got many girls interested in science fiction that way. Many women wouldn’t watch a film with an all male cast that mainly just murders bugs (there are barely any women in the novel and none of them are romantic) but by including the romantic subplots, many women were lured in and developed a love for science fiction. (and besides one of my favorite shows, Firefly used the warrior uniforms in their show which was pretty cool)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

This one of the newer films on the list with it coming out in 2010, but I feel like it didn’t get the attention it deserved. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini. I was pleasantly surprised with how well the acting was done, and also how well it was shot. The musical scene in the middle was fantastic (it reopened my love for the song “Under Pressure” so that’s a plus).

I barely heard anything about this film after it was released even though it received favorable reviews.

I personally feel like more people should watch it and maybe they would gain some insight they didn’t think of before by watching these people figure themselves out.


I think I have mentioned this movie before but it is worth mentioning again. It is loosely based on the novel Emma but set in a super cliché 90’s world. I am ashamed by how many times I have watched this film and how much I love it.

People are too harsh on the film, saying it is vapid or the characters are to cliché and stereotypical but I find them loving endearing and naïve about the world around them.

And who doesn’t love the epiphany scene at the end when she realizes that she loves Josh! It’s corny but sweet. This deserves credit as well for bringing relatively unknown actresses to the forefront as well.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I love so much about this film. I love that Zooey is in it, that Mos Def is in it, that Alan Rickman’s voice is in it. I think this movie contains the perfect amount of hilarity that I imagined as I read the book.

All the acting was spot on as well. Unfortunately many people didn’t like it. It received mixed reviews and I’m not even sure why. Some have said that it spent too much time in the beginning and not enough time in the ending but regardless it was still splendid.

My only problem is that there is only one. I wish they would adapt the other volumes of the series into a movie as well (but only if the actors would reprise their roles of course).

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