Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.
This week’s list is a page to screen freebie. We can talk about anything page to screen related! I’m not often a fan of adaptations, especially when they are from my favourite book but there have been some good ones and I’m going to list my favourites.
Matilda– One of my favourites! I love the book, but I equally love the movie.
The Witches– Another Roald Dahl… I think this was so well cast. I used to love watching this!
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory– I know, I know. I’m a Roald Dahl fan girl, but the older version has my heart! ❤
The Help– I was worried about this book being made into a movie but I thought it was so well done.
Me Before You– This was one of my biggest worries as it’s one of my favourite books, but they did it well!
Harry Potter– There may have been some bits missing, but I thought in the main part, the movies were fabulous.
Love, Simon– I adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda and I was worried about this one too, but it was SO good.
Little Women– I love the March sisters! So well cast.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas– I read the book to my class last year and I was reminded by how I prefer the movie. Rare!
The Wizard Of Oz– You can’t beat this movie.
What are your favourites? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!
This week I made sure I made time to go and see Love, Simon at the cinema. If you haven’t been around my blog much then you won’t know how much I absolutely adore Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It’s easily one of my favourite books of the last few years and one I always highly recommend. Therefore, it was with some trepidation that I went to see the film. All too often, my favourite books are ruined. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case with Love, Simon. I found it utterly charming, funny and heart-breaking at the same time! Love, Simon is the first major film to have a gay teen as a lead and I LOVE that!
If you haven’t read the book yet (READ IT!) then a quick summary of the story is that 17 year old Simon is hiding a big secret from his family and friends. Simon is gay, but totally not ready to come out to his friends and family. Simon reads an anonymous post from someone calling himself ‘Blue’ on a social media site. Blue is also struggling with hiding his true feelings. Simon and Blue strike up an email correspondence. They become closer and closer. Simon really wants to know who Blue is. A peer at school named Martin stumbles across Simon’s emails to Blue and threatens to ‘out’ him if he doesn’t help him get the girl he wants. Unfortunately, Martin eventually reveals Simon’s emails to the whole school which results in Blue hiding away. He’s not ready for the world to know.
My beloved Simon Spier (I love that character so much!) is played by Nick Robinson. He is so well cast as Simon. He’s exactly as I pictured Simon when I was reading the book. I loved how Nick didn’t play Simon as a cliched gay character. He was a normal guy. I appreciated that. It’s definitely the vibe I got from Simon when reading the book. I absolutely adored Simon’s parents. Their moments with Simon once he had come out were very poignant and made me tear up a little! I thought Katherine Langford was brilliant before she was cast as Leah, one of Simon’s best friends and this film just solidified my adoration. I thought she was fabulous and I’ll definitely be following her career with interest. Overall, I thought this film had a really strong cast. I especially enjoyed the teachers. If only I could be that honest with some of the kids in my class!
I’m really pleased that this adaptation seems to be going down well with so many viewers. I think it’s so important to see a film like this available. It’s inspiring so many to be happy with who they are and that is NEVER a bad thing in my opinion. Okay, it may not be the most ground-breaking film ever, but I definitely think it has a place!
Have you seen this film? What did you make of it? Let me know!