Putting together a book and a movie are quite different. An intelligent movie adaptation doesn’t replicate everything from the book, but rather it upkeeps, respects, and enhances the spirit, themes, symbols, and major and major-minor plot points.
At least that’s what I think. What makes a great book-to-movie adaptation to you? What are some or one of your favorites? Let me know in a comment below or respond with a new post that’s linked back to mine (you can add this badge).
My top 20 (not in any particular order)
Exploits of a young, handsome, psychopathic,
Wall Street man.
The head of a New York Mafia family struggles
to transfer control of the Mafia underworld and
take care of his family, both of which are
unfolding at the seams.
During a preview tour on a remote island,
a major power outage leaves cloned dinosaurs
to terrorize a theme park’s staff and guests.
Lord of the Rings trilogy
Nine companions (four Hobbits, two Men, one
Elf, one Dwarf, and one Istar wizard) journey to
Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and its
Harry Potter series
A half-blood wizard tries to get ahead of his
problems but loses part of his soul when he fails
to kill a child. Said child is hidden from the
wizarding world until destiny knocks on his 11th
birthday. As civil war breaks out in the world,
both destined wizards must face the other who
took everything from them. Which side will win
the war, and which wizard will help lead what’s left?
To Kill a Mockingbird
A white lawyer in the Depression-era South
defends his family from prejudice and a black
man from the false charge of raping a white
The Shawshank Redemption
A man convicted of murdering his wife and her
lover clings onto his claim of innocence.
An ailing father defends his son, in a dispirited
post-apocalyptic world, from starvation, roaming
cannibals, freezing temperatures, and hopelessness.
Stand by Me
After reading his friend’s obituary in the
newspaper, a writer reminiscences on a
childhood journey with three friends to find the
body of a missing boy.
Silence of the Lambs
To relieve the streets of a psychotic, victim-
skinning killer, a young F.B.I. cadet must enlist
the help of an incarcerated, manipulative
cannibal. After all, you have to think like a
criminal to catch one.
A man’s winter fresh opportunity to reconnect
with his family and writing takes a sharp turn as
an ominous presence penetrates the old hotel
and influences him into violence.
A pig raised by sheepdogs wants to follow in
their footsteps and herd sheep. To do so, he’ll
need all the support he can get, especially the farmer’s.
Sense & Sensibility
After their rich father dies, two polar opposite
sisters and their mother are left in reduced
circumstances. The sisters seek pleasing
marriages as a means of support; sense and
sensibility affect their romantic misfortunes and fortunes.
The Big Sleep
On the surface, a rich general hires a private
detective to resolve blackmail attempts on
his gambling daughter, but really the detective’s
been hired to find the older daughter’s missing husband.
A young, orphaned blacksmith strives to become
a gentleman as he struggles with social injustice,
inequality, and the dangers of reaching for the stars.
Gone with the Wind
During the American Civil War and the
Reconstruction Era, a spoiled, poverty-stricken
Southern belle has a turbulent love affair with a
Silver Linings Playbook
Released from a mental institution, a former
history teacher moves back in with his parents
but desperately attempts to reconcile things with
his estranged ex-wife. Things get more complicated
when he reluctantly befriends a mentally-unstable
widow who lives in the neighborhood.
Reality gets “too dense” for an 18-year-old,
leading to her being hospitalized in a mental
institution during the late 1960s and detailing her
stay in this searing, darkly humorous account.
A U.S. marshal comes to Shutter Island, home of
the criminally insane, to investigate the
disappearance of an escaped murderess who’s
presumed to be hiding somewhere on the island.
But is he really there to find a missing patient,
or discover the dark truth behind the hospital’s
radical approach to psychiatry? The deeper the
marshal gets, the more elusive the truth
becomes, and the more he realizes someone’s
purposely trying to drive him insane. Because no
one ever leaves Shutter Island.
A prince returns home to discover his uncle
murdered his father to take the throne and his
mother. Submerged in guilt and hatred, the
prince seeks revenge.
Last Week’s Contributions to the Write Book Cover:
- Rachel: Creatively set the path to the must-read novel Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
- Sarah Best: Kept the conversation going and brought our attention to a not-so-common cover design of To Kill a Mockingbird.
- Curtis Bausse (who we’re glad to see is back): Let us know that covers weren’t that important to him; it’s the plain designs with one solid color and unique typography that catch his eye.