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Asked and Answered | January 16, 2019


In this month’s Asked and Answered, the ECC Committee tells us what their favorite book to movie adaptation was of 2018. Read some of their answers below!

“Oh, To All The Boys I Loved Before, definitely! It’s one of my favorite rom-coms of all time, and Lana Condor and Noah Centineo were total magic. Not to mention, the movie premiere gave me an excuse to bake all of Lara Jean’s favorite sweet treats.” – Hannah Allaman, Disney-Hyperion

Love, Simon hands down! Not only did the movie capture the spirit of the book perfectly (so many feels!), but it filled a long overdue need for a queer high school rom-com.” – Claire Stetzer, Bloomsbury Children’s Books

“Honestly, my favorite book-to-film of the year was Wonder (I know technically it was last year). You really can’t beat the combination of adorable child actors, Julia Roberts and soundtrack that includes ‘We’re Going to be Friends.’” – Molly LoRe, Random House Children’s Books

“Is it cheating to choose a film adaptation of a book I haven’t read? Because Crazy Rich Asians was SO GOOD. Not only was it a beautifully-made film, but it was just such fun to watch. I actually went to high school in Singapore, and I don’t think I’ve ever left a movie theater so hungry in my entire life. (The hawker centre scene actually made me tear up a little.) 

It didn’t hurt that every single person I know who read the book also loved the movie, and in some cases loved the movie even more—and how rare is that? There’s something magical about seeing beloved characters and beloved places reflected up on a giant silver screen, and I think that was where Crazy Rich Asians succeeded so phenomenally—the characters became larger than life, but also always stayed true to their book counterparts. (Or so say my friends who’ve read it.) Now I just need to crack open the copy that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for far too long….” – Hannah Milton, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 

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