If there’s anything I’m marginally knowledgeable about besides books, it’s movies. I work at a cinema, I watch an average of three movies at the theatre per week, and I also subscribe to both Netflix and Stan. I have a problem.
But, like most people, I disguise the fact that I spend more hours watching movies than I spend sleeping each week by rationalising it! Movies are a form of storytelling, right? Therefore watching movies makes me more adept at storytelling, which will help my career as an author, allow me to be published, and finally achieve my dreams of ruling the world!
So today I wanted to combine my love of books and movies by telling you which book you should read based on what movie you like! And I’m not including book-to-movie adaptations and pairing them together because that’s cheating.
Movie and book comparisons!
Everless was such a fascinating read — and one that I was really surprised by. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did and I went into it with a lot of trepidation, but HOLY HECK. IT WAS AMAZING. In so many ways it reminded me of the film In Time, which is also amazing. Both Everless and In Time revolve around the idea that people have to pay for things using “time” — their own lifespan. Except while In Time just shows time as a number on one’s forearm, to gain and lose time in Everless is through blood. TALK ABOUT CREEPY.
While in In Time, you’re always pretty sure of who the villains are, but Everless had me questioning EVERYONE. There’s s much mystery and intrigue woven between each line, which made this book one that I didn’t want to put down. The tropes were subverted, the stakes kept getting higher and higher, and ultimately, this was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat — much like how In Time did. BOTH THIS BOOK AND THIS MOVIE ARE PHENOMENAL. GO CHECK THEM OUT.
Both the movie, To the Bone, and the book, Someone to Love, are confronting portrayals of what it is like for young people who suffer from eating disorders. I had a really hard time reading / watching these because of how personally they show the effect of eating disorders and the dangerous mindset that people suffering from them often have. While To the Bone and Someone to Love tackle important issues and people who suffer from similar eating disorders need to see themselves represented in the media they consume and also see that there’s always hope for them to recover, I would definitely steer clear of these if you find this content triggering. It should also be noted that there’s a trigger warning for self-harm for Someone to Love.
OKAY, I’VE REVERTED BACK TO CHEATING. I’m sorry. You know not to trust me. I’m not ashamed to admit that Lego Batman is one of my favourite movies of all time, and reading Batman: Nightwalker just reminded me of that. While it wasn’t the dark, twisted novel I thought it was going to be, nor did it show Bruce at his most batty, it was still a really great read. Batman is my favourite superhero, despite his only power being super rich, and it was interesting to see Marie Lu’s take on his origin story and what she decided to do with a figure that is so loved in pop culture.
Like the Lego Batman movie, the dialogue in Batman: Nightwalker was funny and just FANTASTIC. While I’m not SUPER into origin stories, but teenage Bruce was alllll the swoon. AND ALFRED. Oh, Alfred. He is definitely one of the things I love most from this novel. AND ALFRED IN THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE TOO. Ahh it’s just all so, so good. I will defend Batman as being one of the best superheroes ever, despite him not having any REAL extraordinary powers. He’s basically a glorified Iron Man.
THESE ARE TWO OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO EVER BE CREATED. Oh goodness. I cried so much in both, and both left me a slightly different person than when I first started them. With both Aristotle and Dante and Moonlight being about boys learning about their sexuality and finding themselves, they’re both undoubtably two of the most phenomenal, moving pieces of art I have ever encountered. PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND PICK UP THIS BOOK OR WATCH THIS MOVIE.
Do you really need me to point it out to you. FINE. I WILL. Ghost hunting! BOY OH BOY THESE ARE BOTH FUN. I really loved the humour in both Gap Year in Ghost Town and the latest Ghostbusters movie, and, of course, the ghost hunting and all that action. And what I also really enjoyed about these two is that you don’t HAVE to be into all the supernatural stuff or whatnot to love them. Ghostbusters and Gap Year in Ghost Town are so accessible to everyone, and they’re perfect for people who are after something fun with a bit of a supernatural twist. Plus, they’re both set in iconic cities — Ghostbusters in New York, and Gap Year in Ghost Town in Melbourne.
LET’S ALL JUST PRETEND THIS DOESN’T COUNT AS CHEATING. I’m just really bad at sticking to my own rules, okay? This is probably why creating a checklist doesn’t work for me. Neither does laying out my own TBR for the month. BUT I HAVE CHOSEN TO PAIR THESE TWO AMAZING WORKS OF ART TOGETHER. While technically Sherlock is a TV show, The Abominable Bride was a movie. Yep, it played in cinemas, therefore it definitely counts as a movie. And the Every series by Ellie Marney is a Sherlock Holmes retelling, set in Melbourne! ALLL THE CRIMEY-WIMEY STUFF.
Upcoming book-to-movie adaptations I’m looking forward to!
PHEW, that was harder than I thought it would be! What movies would you compare to books? What book-to-movie adaptations are you looking forward to this year? Do you have any movie suggestions for me? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Date a Book, Harlequin Teen, and Penguin for providing me with review copies of Everless, Someone to Love, and Batman: Nightwalker respectively.