Turning books into movies isn't a new thing. Yes, the theaters have been flooded with film versions of best selling novels since the very beginning. Some are terrible representations, but most are close to what is seen in our minds eye as we read.
As for the classics, many have been turned into films more than once. So, which is the best adaptation? In my opinion, some of these are.
Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Yes, I do love Colin Firth in the BBC version, but I couldn't warm up to Jennifer Ehle as Lizzie. I adored Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadden as the destined couple.
Sense & Sensibility (1996)
I already was a huge Emma Thompson fan when this movie came out, but Kate Winslet blew me away as Marianne. She was exactly how I pictured her.
Famed director, Francis Ford Coppala, took a chance on this story that had been brought to the screen many times before. Complete win in my opinion.
Classics Re envisioned
Some screenwriters have attempted to give an older tale new life by bringing the characters into modern life. Some have had great success.
This adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma was a rousing success for writer/director Amy Heckerling and shot stars Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd to instant fame.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew has always been a favorite of mine. I had always believed the Shrew was very misunderstood and Julia Stiles portrayal was right on the money for me.
What the Heck were they thinking
There are some movies that stray so far from their book counterparts, you might wonder what the screenwriter was on while writing.
Austenland was really a good movie as well as a good book. The two were just so different. The whole reason the lead character, Jane Hayes, travels to Austenland is completely different in the novel than the movie. That fact alone changes so many aspects for the movie. I liked both versions, but I can see how fans of the book could be disappointed in the differences.
These are some of my favorite books that have been turned into movies. I believe they are wonderful adaptations of the original text brought to life.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Warm Bodies (2013)
The Fault in Our Stars (Will be released June 6th, 2014)
This is Where I Leave You (Will be released September 12th, 2014)
What are some of your favorites? Let me know.