To celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Book Day, we’ve selected some of the best book to film adaptations to date. What have been your favourite imaginings of classic books? Let us know at @MCBFestival and on the hashtag #MCBF2017
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Suess
A true Christmas classic in both book and film form. Jim Carrey is perfectly suited to Dr Suess’s book from 1957. It borrows some of it’s imagery and music from the 60’s cartoon adapatation , demonstrating just how much of an impact Dr Suess’ books have made even now, more than half a century after it’s original release.
The film is the second highest grossing holiday movie of all time, coming in just behind Home Alone as well, which we reckon is pretty good.
How to Train Your Dragon – Cressida Cowell
Based on the British series of twelve books from Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon is now everywhere, with two films and a third in development, a Netflix TV series and even a stage show!
With most films the books have already made their impact when Hollywood decides to pick them up, but with How to Train Your Dragon, there’s an entire extended world to discover after you’ve seen the films and watched the TV show.
The series follows young viking Hiccup as he grows from a boy, to a dragon riding viking hero. What’s not to love?
Into the Wild – Jon Krakeur
Based on the non fiction book of the same name, Into the Wild follows Christopher McCandless and his attempt to leave civilized society and live his life amongst the wildernesses of North America and Alaska in the 90’s.
The book had a hint of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, another hugely popular group for teenagers, but On the Road‘s film adaptation never quite captured the essence of the book.
Into the Wild is scored perfectly by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to create a feeling of both emptiness, but also freedom.
Starring Emile Hirsch, Kristen Stewart and Vince Vaugn, the film made more than five times it’s budget at the box office, and continues to be a fan favourite for older teens and young adults who love their drama, escapist books or a little of both.
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
Having given us not one, not two, but eight full films, Harry Potter is the king of making the jump from book to film. J.K. Rowling’s books were already incredibly popular, inspiring a young generation to get involved with reading, both with their parents and on their own. When the Harry Potter films were released, that impact only increased.
Whether you’re a fan of the lighter, brighter early years of Potter and his wizarding adventurers, or if you prefer the darker, broodier later films, every film offers something special, just like each films paperback counterpart.
With the first books 20th anniversary on the way, we’re excited to see what kind of Harry Potter based events we’ll see at Manchester Children’s Book Festival throughout this year. Have some ideas? Let us know on the social media pages linked below
The Manchester Children’s Book Festival have plenty more dates up their sleeve throughout the year. Make sure the FREE Family Fun Day taking place on June 24 is in your diary!