Children’s books and movies have always shared a sibling-rivalry relationship. On the one hand, they compete for our attention with us often favoring one over the other as the better medium. And yet more often then we are at times aware, the two are closely connected and even inspire and compliment one another. With this in mind, we here at OutlooK-12 have decided for this month’s book reviews to focus on children’s books that were the inspiration for movies. Please note, we are not including movie sequels or any other types of adaptations (i.e. television series, stage productions, etc.) in the reviews below.
"The Princess Diaries"
by Meg Cabot
Film Adaptation: “The Princess Diaries”
Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman who also happens to be flunking Algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise. First, Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?