Friday, 12 November 2010

Literary Adaptations: When Films Get It Right

Book to film adaptation has always been a topic for debate, and rarely has it ever been argued that the film is better than the book, and the times it has, a raucous and lengthy debate has ensued - particularly so when you have film enthusiasts and avid readers sat around the same table.
With the much-anticipated release of Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go - a British novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and the whispers on the grapevine that it could be one of the best adaptations ever, it seemed fitting to have a think over other literary gems that have been acclaimed on the silver screen and come up with my personal favourites. This list is of the best adaptations (ie. accurate or welcome depictions of the novel) as opposed to my favourite films that are also books. So, here goes:

  1. Atonement - Joe Wright
  2. The English Patient - Anthony Minghella
  3. The Lord of Rings Trilogy - Peter Jackson
  4. The Remains of the Day - James Ivory
  5. L.A. Confidential - Curtis Hanson
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird - Robert Mulligan
  7. The Shawshank Redemption - Frank Darabont
  8. Scott Pilgrim Versus The World - Edgar Wright
  9. Zodiac - David Fincher
  10. The Ghost - Roman Polanski
Now, this list is subject to change of heart, new viewings, new suggestions coming to light, re-gaining memory of films watched under the influence.

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