A couple of months ago I made a post talking all about what are, in my opinion, the best YA book to movie adaptations about. Well today I thought that I would talk about the best Middle Grade ones. So, without further ado, let’s do this.
Harry Potter by J K Rowling
I have read all of these books so many times, and I love them so much. I can tell you every little thing about them. But, I am one of the people that watched the films before I read the books. I was only 1 when the first book came out and when I was old enough to read them, I wasn’t really into reading. So I didn’t read any of the books until after Order Of The Phoenix had come out at the cinema. This means that I do clearly see the differences between the books and the films, I get bugged by what they cut out, and what was different and everything, but, even so I still really really love the films. They are such good adaptations, even with the differences these are the pinnacle of book to film adaptation. They are some of the best around. They are close to the books, they are visually stunning, the effects are amazing. They are just all round brilliant.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This story is incredible. When I read the book I read it in one sitting and I cried, a lot. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and one of those books that everyone needs to read. I watched the film recently and fell in love with the story all over again. The film stayed true to the book and was also beautiful. Everything looked incredible. I particularly liked the way that the stories where done, it reminded me of The Tales Of Beedle The Bard from Deathly Hallows. Brilliant book, brilliant film.
Wonder by R J Palacio
Welcome to the book that will make you think like an 11 year old again. This book is a contemporary middle grade story about a young boy with serve facial disfigurement. You follow Auggie as he goes to school for the first time. The story is set over the first year of middle school and is told from multiple perspectives. You get chunks of the story from different people. From Auggie himself, to his sister, friends and even his sisters boyfriend. Each character tells the whole story from their perspective, but also progresses the story. This is a truly stunning book that leaves you with so many feelings. It contains some very important life messages and is a book that everyone needs to read in their lifetime. I really recently watched the movie adaption and it is so well done. It is beautiful and movie and feels just like the book. well worth a watch.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
This has got to be one of the most messed up and unnerving books that I have ever read. it is just deeply disturbing. The story follows a young girl named Coraline as she is essentially kidnapped and transported to a parallel world full of monsters and clay people and all kinds of creepiness. I listened to the audiobook for this one and was generally unnerved the whole time I was listening to it. this is such a creepy book. if you want a really quick, spooky read for Halloween, this is the book for you! And I would wager that the film is even creepier. This is one of those cases of I saw the book before I read the book and I have to say, it is potentially the single best book to movie adaption around!
Matilda by Roald Dahl
I recently reread this book and fell in love with it all over again. This is such a unique little story. It is a lot darker then I remember it being but is also so sweet and full of magic and wonder. I absolutely adored it. If you have made it this far in life without picking up Matilda, then you need to rectify that asap! This is such a good book and the film is so damn good. while it strays from the book a little bit, it is still just brilliant. I watched that film countless times growing up
And there we have it. Those are, in my personal opinion, the best Middle Grade book to movie adaptions. Obviously I can only talk about cases where I have both read the book and seen the film, so this is list will never be complete. Also, I can’t talk about Middle Grade movie adaptions and not give a shout out the unchallenged king of the worst adaption, Percy Jackson. That film is fucking awful and needs to be redone. What is the best Middle Grade adaption in your opinion? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.