You’ve all been there—you found a book you loved, that made you stay up late reading, that haunted your thoughts weeks or months or years later.
And then you learned: they’re making it into a movie.
Or: you saw a movie that brought you to tears, that thrilled and enchanted you, that changed the way you saw the world and the people in it.
And then you learned: it was based on a book.
In either case, you found one medium and sought out the other. And, inevitably, you find: one is much, much better than the other. How can this be? How does it happen? It feels like this should be a window into the workings of story, a way of learning how narrative works by seeing what happens when you change from one medium to another, or when you alter certain aspects of character or plot.
This is (I presume) the idea behind Scribble and Edit’s Novel Films Blogfest!
(Thanks to Sporkchop at the ROFL Initiative, who’s always ahead of the curve on things like this.) Today I’m just going to post the list of book/movie combinations I’ve read/seen both of; tomorrow and Wednesday there will be commentary and general musings on the topic.
- Anne of Green Gables
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory/Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (with Gene Wilder)/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (with Johnny Depp, the inferior version)
- The Count of Monte Cristo
- The Da Vinci Code
- Dune (the Lynch film—surprisingly, I loved it—but not the later miniseries)
- Hamlet (if you have any love for this play, you must see the David Tennant version from PBS’s Great Performances series)
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/Chamber of Secrets/Prisoner of Azkaban/Goblet of Fire—but I haven’t gotten around to seeing any of the more recent movies.
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- Howl’s Moving Castle
- The Importance of Being Earnest
- James and the Giant Peach
- Jurassic Park
- King Lear (Ian McKellan rocks it/terrifies me)
- Lord of the Rings
- Macbeth (the Orson Welles Macbeth film is pretty good, but not as all-around great as Scotland, PA—Sporkchop’s right about that.)
- Mansfield Park
- The Prestige
- Pride and Prejudice (both the 1995 Ehle/Firth masterpiece and the 2005 Keira Knightley curiosity)
- The Princess Bride (I have posted about this before)
- Romeo and Juliet/William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
- Sense and Sensibility
- A Series of Unfortunate Events
- The Witches
- The Wizard of Oz/Return to Oz—I was that kid who had all the Oz books in hardback and even read the later follow-ups to the series by Ruth Plumley Thompson. Ask me sometime about the Patchwork Girl.
I know I’m missing some real gems—any suggestions?