The Compulsive Reader: Classic Book to Movie Adaptations

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Classic Book to Movie Adaptations

With all of the Hunger Games movie madness going on right now, I thought it'd be fun to talk about your favorite movie adapted from books.

To Kill a Mockingbird is arguably the best American novel of the 20th century. Everything I read immediately after it just pales in comparison to the simple, beautiful, and moving words that comprise that book.

I first saw the movie when I was in 8th grade, before I became a little jaded about movies made from books. I had finished the book recently (though not for school) and the teacher decided to show the film one Friday morning. While most of the kids in the class complained because it wasn't a color movie with a lot of action, I was taken by the actor who played Scout. She was just exactly how I imagined her in the book and I was pretty impressed.

I recently watched the film again for the first time since 8th grade, when the 50th Anniversary Edition came out. It was just as good as I remembered it--there are a few of my favorite scenes and characters who had to be cut out for the same of time, but the movie is its own work of art that is separate from the book, but complements it. This new edition is an EXCELLENT edition to purchase--it has a ton of special features. Interviews, speeches given by Gregory Peck and others, and a ton of really neat background info. Plus, this package comes with a Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and then a digital copy. Handy!

What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptions?


ivanova said...

My favorite book to movie adaptation is Ernest Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not." The movie stars Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It was her first movie, they met there and later married. The director Howard Hawks said that the book was junk, and I kind of agree with him and prefer the movie.

Anonymous said...

I love Gregory Peck and I love this movie! thanks so much for the spotlight on it :D