Adapting books into movies can be tricky. Comparisons will arise and for most readers, the denser, richer world of the book often wins out. This is simply because all the plot points of a novel are simply impossible to cover in a 2.5-hour movie or even a trilogy. However, there are quite a few adaptations that not only stand the test of the reader’s expectations but also exceed them. Capturing the author’s imagination vividly on film, staying true to the characterizations and plot points of the novel, makes these films stand out and even become beloved of the readers. Let’s take a look at some amazing adaptations of beloved children’s books.
- The Lord of the Rings series
The three epic fantasy films directed by Peter Jackson are based on the eponymous novel by J.R.R Tolkien. With a budget of $281 million, these films were one of the biggest and most ambitious films in the world at the time. The CGI effects themselves were record-breaking and set the benchmark for all movies to come. It set records left, right, and center, winning a total of 17 Academy Awards out of the 30 they were nominated for. The series regularly features on the list of the best movies ever made and is certainly one of the finest film adaptations to date.
- The Jungle Book
The beloved 1964 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel was the last film to be produced by Walt Disney who died during its production. The film not only holds true to the plot of the 1894 novel but also has the addition of songs that have become classics like, Bear Necessities and Colonel Hathi’s March. While live adaptations of the novel were reshot in 2016 and 2018, the animated version remains a childhood staple.
A schoolgirl finds out that she has the power of telekinesis, and she uses it to punish her parents and cruel headmistress and gets adopted by her beloved teacher. The 1996 adaptation of the 1988 novel is beloved by kids all over. Scenes like the one in which Bruce Bogtrotter finishes an entire chocolate cake have become a part of pop culture and every child has spent quite a few hours trying to move a pea through the powers of telekinesis.
- The Harry Potter series
Released at the same time as the first Lord of the Rings movie, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was up against stiff competition. But the 2001 adaptation of the J.K. Rowling’s classic not only held its own, but the corresponding 8-film series went on to become a pop-culture favourite. Memes (Didya put your name in the Goblet of FIYAH!)Fanfiction and so much more have sprouted from the adaptation and have become a part of public consciousness.
Here is the order below in which you should watch all the Harry Potter movies:-
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)
FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD (2018)
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001)
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)
HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (2010)
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (2011)
The stop motion dark fantasy film is an adaptation of the 2002 novella of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The titular character, Coraline is drawn into a parallel world which is an idealised version of hers with her Other Mother and Father giving her all the love and attention her real parents are too busy to give her. All is well till the Other Mother wants to replace Coraline’s eyes with buttons. Becoming the third highest-grossing stop motion film of all time, Coraline stayed true to its dark roots, terrorising and delighting its young audience at the same time.
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