Great Movie Adaptations
Which book's movie adaptation improved on or was comparable to the original book? Thanks to @Golem100 for the suggestion.
Eat, Pray, Love
Oct 9, 2011 4:13 pm
Emma by Jane austen. while watching the movie i felt i've been shifted to the english countryside of victorian era.
Oct 10, 2011 1:36 am
'Alice in Wonderland '
with Johnny Depp. great movie!
Oct 10, 2011 9:59 am
The miniseries version of Moll Flanders with Alex Kingston. Almost entirely faithful and great fun to watch!
Oct 10, 2011 10:03 am
In Her Shoes, The Godfather, The Lord of the Ring trilogy, and I heard The Help was excellent
Oct 11, 2011 9:12 am
Ipcress FIle - the movie actually is quit different from the book and is better. Also, Fahrenheit 451 - the movie is a bit different from the book (no Hound in the movie) but each is good.
Oct 11, 2011 9:32 am
Of Mice and Men. The Outsiders. The Good Earth.
Oct 11, 2011 9:19 pm
Silence of the lambs; Elmer Gantry; Unbearable lightness of being
Oct 13, 2011 1:18 pm
The Godfather. Not only did the movie improve on the book, the (first) sequel improved on the original film.
Oct 14, 2011 12:11 pm
Oct 14, 2011 1:16 pm
Fantastic Mr. Fox. The movie breathes life into the story.
Oct 14, 2011 11:30 pm
The Lord of the Rings
Oct 16, 2011 8:24 am
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I reread the book after watching the movie and was amazed at just how short and simplistic the story was. The movie was much more interesting.
Oct 16, 2011 12:54 pm
Definitely The Lord of the Rings. Also, as was mentioned, The Outsiders, as well as Stand By Me (from the Stephen King novella "The Body"). The Help was also very impressive. And I'm looking forward to seeing Hugo (of The Invention of Hugo Cabret), coming out soon.
There's a reason the above listed are some of my favorite books AND movies! :)
Oct 17, 2011 2:28 pm
Oh, I should have mentioned - I thought the books and movies were comparable, not that the movies necessary improved upon the books (although that could be argued of some...but I love books too much). I also need to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but I've heard that's also a great adaptation.
Oct 17, 2011 2:30 pm
The BBC's "Pride and Prejudice", the original ITV "Brideshead Revisited" and "Far From the Madding Crowd" (Christie, Bates, Stamp & Finch)
Oct 24, 2011 8:23 am
I ejoyed the adaptation of "Fried Green Tomatoes" by Fannie Flagg more than the book.
Oct 24, 2011 11:52 am
The version of Jane Eyre that featured Timothy Dalton and Zelah Clark, 1983 used actual dialogue from the book, and left very little out. It is the truest as far as I have seen. I know later versions left out a great deal, and unless you'd read the book, were quite confusing as to motivations etc. I've read the book innumerable times, so I know. :)
Oct 24, 2011 12:54 pm
The BBC did a mini-series of "The Life and Loves of A She-Devil" that was almost exactly like the book by Fay Weldon, which I read shortly after. Please don't confuse either of these with the movie "She-Devil" with Rosanne Barr; the only similarity is in the name.
I also liked the BBC's "All Creatures Great And Small," which I found to be very, very close to the book series by the real-life James Herriot.
Oct 24, 2011 6:14 pm
Agree with others who posted Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I also really liked the miniseries adaptation of Pillars of the Earth.
Feb 24, 2012 6:37 pm
The splendid "Masterpiece Theatre" adaptation of "Emma," with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. It makes the embarrassingly egregious movie version look rather paltry, indeed.
Feb 26, 2012 10:03 am
The granddaddy of them all, To Kill a Mockingbird-I wish every adaption could be this perfect.
Feb 28, 2012 6:54 am
A Tale of Two Cities - the 1935 B&W film with Ronald Coleman; David O. Selznick producing. I haven't seen the 1958 film and seriously doubt any version could surpass the original.
I might also add that the Count of Monte Cristo adaptation with Gerard Depardieu is far better than the book (which is close to 800 pages and heavy on description and detail.)
Feb 29, 2012 4:56 pm
The Kite Runner.. The movie adaptation is as beautiful as the novel!
Feb 29, 2012 8:07 pm
Oh and also the Pride And Prejudice BBC series!
Feb 29, 2012 8:10 pm
Oh, I love that BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. And of course Brideshead Revisited. Now I need to go rent To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for the reminders!
Mar 2, 2012 10:16 pm
by susandanziger (admin)
Beloved. That was the one and only time a movie helped me understand a book better.
Aug 29, 2012 12:22 am