Many book lovers have a love-hate relationship with film adaptions. It can be amazing to see your favorite text come to life, but in the adaption process, some of your favorite moments may be cut or changed, which can be frustrating. A lot of the time, the movies will not end up looking like how you imagined.

We love film adaptions, and wanted to share some of the ones currently on Netflix that we can vouch for. Some will feel so close to the original that you’ll have trouble separating the two. Others will be so different that you’ll forget that one is derived from the other, or even surprise you that it was originally a book at all.


Mean Girls

This modern classic movie stands on it’s own. It’s easy to forget that Tina Fey adapted it from a self-help book called Queen Bees and Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman. While the book focused on how cliques form and the patterns of aggression in teen girl behavior, movie is centered around Cady, homeschooled until now, trying to navigate the halls of North Shore High School while getting sucked into the popular clique, the Plastics. Mean Girls is always worth a re-watch (because, let’s be honest, you’ve already seen it at least three times).


Dragon Tattoo Trilogy: Extended Edition

This trilogy by Steig Larson, beginning with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has already been adapted several times. There is both a Swedish and an American movie, plus a Swedish six-part miniseries and an American six-part miniseries. The American miniseries is available on Netflix. Each book comes in two 90-minute episodes, giving the attention to detail that these thrillers deserve.


A Series of Unfortunate Events

Despite A Series of Unfortunate Events being a relatively new book series (The Bad Beginning was published in 1999, and The End in 2006), the first few books in the series have already been adapted twice. The first was a widely disliked movie starring Jim Carrey. The second is a Netflix Original starring Neil Patrick Harris. This adaption is much more true to the books, coming in two 40-65 minute episodes per book. The first season covered the first four books, and the second season is in the works.


Anne With an “E”

While there are plenty of adaptions of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Anne With an “E” is one of the most recent, and arguably pays the most attention to detail, down to the types of potatoes they eat. There is a bit of extrapolation; in this version, we see some of Anne’s backstory, including the abuse she received before coming to Avonlea. It