Reading List | Never Let Me Go (& 5 Other Book/Movie Adaptations Worth The Read)

October 8, 2014


I’m a snob. I like to read the book before I watch the movie. I’m one of those people, sitting next to you in the cinema, whispering about how they changed that, left this out, and how that wasn’t in the book at all.

Another thing I love about as much as feeling superior in the cinema is dystopian literature (e.g. Nineteen Eighty-FourThe Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World etc etc). That’s where Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go comes in. This isn’t a happy-go-lucky tale if that’s what you’re looking for. Set in 1990’s Britain, it’s an dark and sinister story about a world that could be. And it’s almost too realistic a prediction of a possible future. This is truly sad and moving book, and it’ll stay with you a long time after you’ve read it. One of my favourites.

The film adaptation is good (it also features some of my faves – Kiera Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield). The book’s better (obv). There’s something about reading that makes the story that bit more chilling. But that’s me. Like I said, snob.

Five more, worth the read/watch:

We Need To Talk About Kevin | Lionel Shriver
The Hobbit | JRR Tolkien
The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
Trainspotting | Irvine Welsh
The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins

Last one, I promise… I’ve had Gone Girl on my list to read for months and it was released last Friday. Better get ON that!


3 thoughts on “Reading List | Never Let Me Go (& 5 Other Book/Movie Adaptations Worth The Read)

  1. Katia

    Oh, how I understand you!:) I always comment differences between film and book. Books are always better:) So I think we should watch moovies before reading books, may be this way impression won’t be spoiled so much. I’ve already did it with “Chocolate”. Moovie with Johny Depp is good. But when I read book by Joanne Harris I was very very impressed.

    1. Becca Post author

      Hmmm I think I might have to take your advice! Movie first, then book. More chance of being surprised and less chance of being disappointed. And I haven’t read Chocolat… Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  2. joan

    I must also be a book snob. I hate seeing the film before I’ve read the book. A book allows me to use my own imagination and create my own movies in head.
    You should get on and read Gone Girl. The film is an excellent interpretation of the book.


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