What books do you love that have been turned into movies? Did they turn out well? Did they suck?
For example, Pride and , the most recent film starring Keira Knightly, I think is actually very good. It portrays exactly the same characteristics and traits I had imagined in the characters, especially Elizabeth and Mrs Bennet. As one of my friends said, “It’s the only film I’ve ever seen that’s actually better than the book,”. I do love the book, but I love the film aswell because it is so close to what I had imagined.
Non strictly a book, but I find it the same with Romeo + Juliet. The most recent film (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) does bring the play much more to life than reading it from a book does. However, I love this film for different reasons to Pride and Prejudice: aside from the amazing story, I like Pride and because it is so close to how I imagined, but I love Romeo+Juliet because it is so different. When I see a movie interpretation of a book, and then read the book, I often see the actors/actresses that portrayed the characters. However, there are two distinct Romeo+Juliets in my mind: the American, gun-loving outlaws of Verona Beach, and some very eloquent Italian Nobles from the 1600s.I can switch back and forwards between these two imaginary worlds while reading the drama (but I prefer the gun-lovers). Even with these huge differences, I was surprised how close my imaginary Tybalt and Capulets can to the movie-version Tybalt and his gang of freinds (minus the leather jackets and guns, of course).
After seeing the movie Romeo+Juliet, I found it gave way more meaning to the drama: before, I saw it as gloomy and miserable the whole way through, with a gloomy ending. Now it has become fun, full of life, love and youth the whole way through, and utterly, devestatingly heart-breaking at the end. So for this, seeing a film adaptation actually improved the story for me.
However, I could lists hundreds of movies that have destroyed the original story/book, examples such as Inkheart.
What books converted to movies did you love? Which did you hate?