I have a few books which I think have been made into really great films. In some cases the films even eclipse the books for me (although only just, if at all). While I could write lengthy descriptions of why I like them so much, really the reasons are pretty similar for each one – when a movie can keep roughly to the plot and character development (it has to be changed a little to suit the conventions of film, let’s be honest) but most importantly manages to capture the essence of the book, that’s a good movie. It has to be memorable in the same way the book was, it has to have that lingering taste to it.
So I’m going to keep this post simple and just list the movie adaptations, and if I actually prefer them to the book I’ll state it as well.
- The Boy In Striped Pyjamas (prefer the film, definitely)
- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy (actually preferred the films to the books, just, and for those wondering I think it’s too early to say with The Hobbit trilogy yet (I haven’t even seen the second one yet, what is wrong with me?))
- The Hunger Games Series (so far, but it’d be pretty hard to stuff up that last book)
- Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (the original, Gene Wilder one)
- Life Of Pi (okay so I haven’t read the book yet, but the movie surprised me as I had low expectations)
- One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (prefer the film)
- Forrest Gump (haven’t read it, but by all accounts the film is better apparently)
- Dead Poets Society (again, haven’t read it but the film would be hard to beat)
- Beowulf (hey, it’s hard to interpret a story over a thousand years old, so I thought they did a pretty good job on this one – it’s a great story but not easy to read by any means)
There’s probably more than this, but these were the ones which sprung to mind almost immediately so I’ll stick with these for now.
What are your favourite movie adaptations of books?