OOOH, I just love this week's Weekly Geek topic:
With the release of Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince this past week, I thought it would be good to turn once again to movie adaptations. In March, with the release of Watchmen (using that as a jumping off point for discussion), I brought up the subject of worst movie adaptations. This time, I'd like to bring up best movie adaptations (not saying if the recent Harry Potter movie is or isn't faithful to the book since I'll be honest I haven't read the book, but using the subject as a jumping off point for discussion).
So what are some of your favorite movie adaptations of books? Include trailers or scenes from Youtube if you'd like.
Also along with that question, or instead of that question, what book or series would you like to see be made into a movie or movies? Tell us why you think it or they would work as a movie. If the book already has a book trailer, include that, to help make your point.
Some of my very favorite movies were also wonderful books.
Oh Anne! How we love you. How we wanted to be you. How we wanted to marry Gilbert too. If you've never seen it, this was a CBC made for TV movie done by Sullivan Productions. This was the first that came out in 1985 (and the best). The sequel based on the next 3 Anne books, was very good too.
I know, another made for TV special, but it was done so well! I love this version of Pride and Predjudice more than any other. It was so perfect, the casting, the dialogue, the settings, the costumes...I couldn't imagine better.
Honestly, it's hard to find a better favorite movie and book when you discover Gone With the Wind by the time you are 11. I still watch this each year. Just watching the trailer made me want to dig my DVD out for yet another viewing. They just don't make movies like this anymore!
As for a book I'd love to see turned into a movie, that's easy (and I've posted about it previously) - I'd love to see the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich on film. Here's how I would cast it (everyone who loves these books has a take on this I know)
Stephanie: Brittany Murphy
Morelli: Balthazaar Getty
Ranger: Mario Lopez
Connie: Marissa Tomei
Vinnie: Steve Buscemi
Grandma: Cloris Leachman
Stephanie's Mom: Rita Wilson
Valerie: Judy Greer
If its going to be done, then please let it be done well! There's nothing worse than going to a movie based on books you love and having the movie let you down (exactly why I wait for video for most of them).
Happy reading and movie viewing!