13 comments on “Books on the Big Screen

    • That’s a great point, Jeyna. I know the Hunger Games made me much more interested in the book. And even World War Z, although it has been criticized for diverging in major ways from the book, has gotten me interested. Thanks for the comment!

  1. Nice piece. It must be so difficult to transfer a book to film. You can do so much more with the story in 400 pages or whatever than 120 minutes on screen. I agree with the Harry Potter series, I thought that was a great adaptation, as was the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

    • You would think it might be easier. I mean, how much of a book is taken by simply describing the setting and surroundings. A movie doesn’t have to take time to do that ya know. But it proves much harder for actors to play out the emotions and depth of a character that are easier to describe in writing.
      I’ve caught bits and pieces of the American “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. How does that compare?

      • Yeah it’s much easier to write how a person is feeling rather than someone show it. You also get the book’s fans usually complaining how so much has been changed.
        The American one is alright and looks great, but it doesn’t do anything better than the Swedish one and, to be honest, doesn’t really need to exist in my opinion.

  2. First of all, AMEN to the Princess Bride. I’ve never read the book either, but I’ve had that movie memorized since I was 10 years old.

    Second, I would like to add Pride and Prejudice to the list–the 2005 adaptation directed by Joe Wright and starring Kiera Knightley. I’ve read that book at least a dozen times, and Wright’s is, in my opinion, the best film adaptation (not that I don’t enjoy the others).

    • Oh and The Heiress as well–1949 film directed by the great William Wyler, and starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift. It is an adaptation of Henry James’ novel Washington Square.

      • I’m sorry, I can’t stop. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, released in 2012, was skillfully adapted for the screen, well cast, and wonderfully acted. For those of you who were fans of the book and wary of the film adaptation, the movie was adapted AND directed by the author Stephen Chbosky.

        Stardust (2007) is another great one. The quirky and hilarious adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel, while under-marketed and under-appreciated, was extremely well done and is a personal favorite. Plus, seeing Robert De Niro dress in drag is definitely worth the viewing.

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