Monday, June 11, 2007
What's your favorite film that is based on a book? Did you read the book first, or see the movie first? How does that impact your impression of the movie?
It's amazing to me that a book, which takes hours, if not days - possibly weeks - to get through, can be distilled into a 2-hour production that at all resembles the original work. Yet we are so critical of the results.
Some of my favorites off the top of my head - ones where I enjoyed the book/story and the movie version equally - are The Third Man, Because of Winn-Dixie, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Thief Lord, Blade Runner, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Holes, The Three Musketeers, Howl's Moving Castle, The Last Unicorn - oh, and of course, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Wow, the more I think about it, the more I think of. I may have to add some more later!
What about the ones you just hated? The huge disappointments? The one that immediately springs to my mind is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I doubt any movie could do that book justice, but that version was just awful. And I didn't much care for Interview with the Vampire, either.
Here is an interesting list of favorite books-to-films. And here is a great website for books, short stories and plays that have been made into movies.