Booking Through Thursday
1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie?
2. The worst?
3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.)
And, by all means, expand this to as long a list as you like. I’m notoriously awful myself at narrowing down to one favorite ANYTHING. So, feel free to list as many “good” or “bad” movie-from-books as you like. (Heaven knows that’s what I’ll be doing….)
Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!
Recently, I watched BBC's version of Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. Best adaptation ever! Come to think of it the BBC does an excellent job with all it's adaptations. I've seen Pride and Prejudice, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Bleak House and Daniel Deronda. All were great. Another good one I remember is House of Mirth with Gillian Anderson. There were a couple of differences, but not many, good considering how difficult it must have been to translate into film. I also enjoyed Little Women with Winona Ryder, Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones Diary (the 1st) and Bram Stoker's Dracula.
As for the worst, I must erase those from my mind. All I can think of is Practical Magic. Not because it was horrible but because after I saw the movie I read the book and it hardly related to it at all. Some people had a problem with Kyra Knightley in Pride and Prejudice but I liked it- not as much as the Colin Firth one ;) I also think The Haunting of Hill House was a stinker.
I know there will probably be a lot of Harry Potter/LOTR comparisons but I've only watched the movies . (Put away the pitchforks!)
I usually like the book version more but if the movie was really good I get a bit prejudiced and prefer the movie.