http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/11/best-book-adaptatio...I have seen most of these movies, and several of them I did not even realize were book adaptations. Perhaps it's time to hit the library.Any that you think were missed on this list?
"Any that you think were missed on this list?"A few, off the top:The Maltese FalconKing's RowCarrie (Sissy Spacek version)This Island EarthFrankenstein (Karloff)Dracula (Lugosi's and Langella's) and Bram Stoker's DraculaThe Thing From Another World, as well as John Carpenter's "The Thing." (Although I think "Who Goes There?" is considered a novella rather than a novel) I do agree that To Kill A Mockingbird may be the best of the bunch.Ken
More:Lord of the FliesThe Three Musketeers1984Ken
I have not read a bunch on the list, but do you think they agree with the source material.Some movies that come from books I wouldn't really call adaptations. David Brin's Postman and Stephen King's Running Man come to mind when I think of movies where they could have skipped paying the author money.Speaking of King, his short stories always seem to do better at being adapted. Shawshank is great, but so are Stand by Me and Green Mile.Pet Sematary was chock full of horror, but not because of the story.Ford
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Great book, great movie.
Some movies that come from books I wouldn't really call adaptations. David Brin's Postman and Stephen King's Running Man come to mind when I think of movies where they could have skipped paying the author money.I think it depends on what you mean by a great film adaptation. If you are looking for a really good movie or if you are looking for a really good movie that is really true to (at least the spirit of) a really good book.
I think it depends on what you mean by a great film adaptation. If you are looking for a really good movie or if you are looking for a really good movie that is really true to (at least the spirit of) a really good book. I don't know if you need to put the 'really good' in really good book.The Princess Bride is one of the closest adaptations I can think of. While the book is good, it doesn't rise to the greatness that the movie does. Why is it such a good adaptation? Well the author of the book did the screenplay, and the author has some chops at writting them. William Goldsmith has an academy award for Butch and Sundance.To tell the truth, the book reads like a novelization of the movie, even though it was published 10 years before the movie was made.FordWas on vacation
"Goldman"Ken I think my brain went 'UP' and shouted Squirrel while I was typing that. I know it isn't Goldsmith, I'm not even sure I've ever heard that last name.Ford
"I know it isn't Goldsmith, I'm not even sure I've ever heard that last name."http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Goldmanhttp://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001279/I stumbled onto him way, way back when in the early 70s. For some reason, a book called "Boys and Girls Together" caught my eye - maybe it was someone's blurbs. Made me want to read everything by him I could get hold of, including books that were made into movies (No Way To Treat A Lady, Soldier in the Rain, Marathon Man) and looked forward to his name on movie credits. I've meant to read, but have not as yet, The Princess Bride.IMO he has rarely disappointed. BTW, the books I've read of the movies are in my memory better than the movies, although the movies had their own moments.He was/is one of the great ones.Ken
I agree. Book had a little more but still a great movie. I thought The Green Mile was pretty close to the book also.
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