A couple weeks ago, I listed out what 5 book to movie adaptations that I consider to be terrible. These were purely based on how the book was adapted for the screen. THIS list, on the flip side, is about what I think are the best book to movie adaptations. (How many times can I say “adaptations” in one paragraph?)
Pride and Prejudice (both film and BBC series)
I know a lot of people prefer the BBC series (starring Colin Firth HELLO) over the movie (starring Keira Knightley) but I don’t know, friends. I find myself leaning towards the movie version! The cast is perfect from Mr. Bennet to Jane to Mr. Collins – perfectly casted. I wasn’t a huge Keira Knightley fan until I saw this movie. It’s like she completely understood Elizabeth Bennet. The music, the cinematography, the costumes, the pacing, I really think the movie captures the heart of the story.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Now, there are some differences between the book and the movie here. Lucy finds the wardrobe in a different way, the whole frozen river scene wasn’t in the book at all, and a few other small details. But none of these changes affected the integrity of the story or really altered the plot direction at all. I thought the characters matched their descriptions really well, so casting gets an A+ from me. I also have to say that I applaud the way they handled the animal characters. I hate when movies have real animals but their mouths move in a creepy way so that they can “talk”. This wasn’t like that at all. Since they weren’t like…animal actors…but they were still realistic looking. Aslan…my king forever! Dude can control a room. Overall, I thought this was a great film!
Sense and Sensibility film
Emma Thompson is one of my favorite humans of all time. You know that list everyone has of who they’d have dinner with if they could choose anyone, dead or alive? She’s at the top of mine. She adapted this screenplay and starred in the film as Elinor Dashwood. Alongside Kate Winslet as Marianne, Hugh Grant as Edward Ferrars, and Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon…this is the greatest cast ever for this storyline. The dialogue (a lot of which comes directly from the book) is delivered brilliantly, the costumes are beautifully done, and the film as a whole just captures the tone of the book. I love this movie so much and after recently re-reading the novel, I can honestly say it’s a brilliant adaptation.
The Hunger Games movies (all of them)
I was one of those people who liked this series, but it’s not one of my all time favorites. The movie adaptations, however, made me like the series MORE. I thought the casting was done really well, from the top to the bottom. The writing stayed true to the heart of the story. Overall, I think they complemented the book series well – taking small liberties here and there that enhanced the storyline in the end, in my opinion.
The Importance of Being Earnest film
This is one of my favorite plays ever. (And as a play, it’s doesn’t exactly fit with my list of novel-to-film adaptations, but whatever. Roll with me, friends.) If you’ve never read it before, I highly recommend it. This film is so much fun! Great cast, great dialogue…it made me laugh just like the play did, in ways that only Oscar Wilde can accomplish. It’s so ridiculous that it just works. Colin Firth and Rupert Everett are so great together, you guys.
What are some of your favorite book to movie/TV adaptations? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy reading (and watching)! – Caitlyn