Best Book Adaptations

Hi guys, I hope you are all well. A couple of weeks ago I did a post about my anticipated book adaptations so today I wanted to share my favourite ones. I’ve split this post into three categories; TV series, films and seen the film/TV series but haven’t read the book. I love all of these adaptations and would recommend checking all of them out. Let’s get started. 


TV series:
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC) – adapted from the book of the same name by Jane Austen. Starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. 
  • Inspector Montalbano (1999-present) – adapted from the Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri, an Italian author. Starring Luca Zingaretti as the titular character.
  • North and South (2004 BBC) – adapted from the book of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell. Starring Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage. 
  • Jane Eyre (2006 BBC) – adapted from the book of the same name by Charlotte Bronte. Starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens.
  • Wolf Hall (2015 BBC) – adapted from the first two books in the Cromwell trilogy (Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies) by Hilary Mantel. Starring Mark Rylance, Damian Lewis and Claire Foy.
  • War and Peace (2016 BBC) – adapted from the book of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. Starring Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton.
  • Handmaid’s Tale Series 1 (2017 Channel 4) – adapted from the book of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Alexis Bledel. I wasn’t a fan of the second series. 


  • Annihilation (2018) – adapted from the book of the same name by Jeff Vandermeer, which is the first book in the Southern Reach trilogy. Starring Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac. A bit different to the book but so well done.
  • Crazy Rich Asians (2018) – adapted from the book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. Starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli 2004) – adapted from the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones. English cast includes Christian Bale and Emily Mortimer. Japanese cast includes Takuya Kimura and Chieko Baisho.
  • To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) – adapted from the book of the same name by Harper Lee. Starring Gregory Peck, Mary Badham and Philip Atford. 


Love the film/tv series, haven’t read the book:
  • Stardust (2007) – adapted from the book of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Starring Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Mark Strong and Robert De Niro. 
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) – adapted from the book of the same name by Jenny Han. Starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) – adapted from three books in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. Starring Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany and James D’Arcy.
  • The White Princess – adapted from the book of the same name by Philippa Gregory. Starring Jodie Comer and Jacob Collins-Levy. 

That’s it for today. I love a good bookish adaptations, although I’m always a bit sceptical of how good they will actually be. For example I am both excited and a little nervous about the His Dark Materials adaptation. It’s one of my all time favourite series so I hope it does it justice. The cast does look pretty great though. What are your favourite bookish adaptations? I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.





7 thoughts on “Best Book Adaptations

  1. I really want to watch the North and South miniseries! I hope it’ll help me tackle the book itself. As for Pride and Prejudice, I’ve seen bits of the Keira Knightley one and want to watch that, probably over the Jennifer Ehle version. Is that controversial. 🤔😂

    I haven’t actually seen that version of Jane Eyre, but I hear it’s really good. I’ve watched the Wasikowska/Fassbender one and enjoyed it a lot though!

    Unfortunately I can’t find Howl’s Moving Castle on Netflix or Prime. I really want to watch it at some point though!

    I watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before last year and thought it was very sweet and fun! I didn’t like the book as much, unfortunately. But I’ll be interested to see what they do with the film sequel.

    My fave adaptation is probably Lord of the Rings! Such an epic series of films. 🙌

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    1. Yeah I highly recommend both the book and the mini series of North and South – both are amazing. Ooh that is a bit controversial 🙂 personally love the tv series and wasn’t a big fan of the film, but loads of people love it. 🙂
      Yeah I liked the Wasikowska/Fassbender film too but the mini series is way better in my opinion.
      Aw that’s a shame about Howl’s Moving Castle. It’s one of my all time favourite films so I hope you find it somewhere.
      Yeah I’ve not read the books but I’m excited to see what happens in the next film.

      Lord of the Rings is a fantastic adaptation but I do get pretty frustrated with Frodo :).


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