I’m struggling lately keeping up with my viewing. Next week I leave for a week’s vacation so July will be lighter posting than normal. I’ll do my best to keep up for the next week until I fly out on Friday, July 13. Meanwhile, I was thinking about adaptations. I’ve been enjoying more pleasure reading this past decade. And wonder if a movie can ever really hold its own next to a book? For the most part, I say no. But there are some stunning exceptions:

The Heiress
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Merchant Ivory adaptations are all glorious, particularly these four:
Howards End
The Remains of the Day
A Room with a View

What about Mr. Potter?
Harry Potter films

And the recent YA novel turned film:
Love, Simon

Agree? Disagree? Have any to add to this list?

The Heiress

4 Responses to “Adaptations”

  1. Uncle Barb Says:

    I have an entry for this list: Adaptation the Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jonze story of writing an adaptation of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief. Wonderfully interwoven with life and art and absurdity. It is in a class of its own. Delightful.


  2. Ann Wright Says:

    i totally agree with so many, especially to kill a mockingbird, the heiress, howard end and room with aview.   can’t think of a bunch but certainly from here to eternity,  schindler’s list,  a man called ove, ironweed, catch 22, the godfather, the world according to garp, one flew over the cuckoos’ nest.   nominations for the worst include notably bonfire of the vanities, prince of tides,   


    • reelcharlie Says:

      Great additions Ann! And I agree with Bonfire. I remember watching Prince of Tides, but I can’t remember anything about it other than Jason Gould, Streisand’s son being in it.


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