The Best Book to Film Adaptations
It's no secret that movie studios love to turn books into movies. The ideas have already been conceived, the story has already been written, an audience already exists, and all the studio needs to do is adapt the book for a new medium. It sounds simple, but too often the resulting film is panned for a number of reasons. The movie might not do justice to the source material, it might have tried to cram too much into a 90 minute movie, or it might just be poorly crafted. Remember movies like I, Robot or The Seeker: The Dark is Rising?
Nonetheless, the studios aren't always so unsuccessful. Over the years, they've produced several book adaptations that rank up there with the finest films ever made. A list of ten of the best adaptations has been compiled for you to peruse and argue over. The criteria are fairly simple: the movies must be based on a fictional novel or non-fiction book. That means no comic books, graphic novels, or plays.
The ten chosen ones have been arranged alphabetically. Several truly wonderful films had to be left off this list, and it's just too painful to try to rank the top ten.
- The Big Sleep (1946)
- A Clockwork Orange (1971)
- The Godfather (1972)
- Goodfellas (1990)
- High Fidelity (2000)
- The Maltese Falcon (1941)
- The Princess Bride (1987)
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
- Strangers on a Train (1951)
- The Thin Man (1934)
Nicholas Miller is a guest blogger for My Dog Ate My Blog and a writer on online degrees for Guide to Online Schools.
I have to admit I haven't seen any of the movies or books listed above so I should probably get on that. Anyhow, what are some of your favorite book to film adaptations? Are any of them ones Nicolas talked about above? Let me know in the comments! :)