I am a movie buff. I, like most people, dread when a favorite novel is turned into a movie. The movie is rarely as good as the book, but there are some exceptions.
There have been many adaptations of Ms. Austen's works. I have seen my fair share of them. My favorite of her novels, and the resulting film, is Pride and Prejudice. While I still admire Greer Garson's (1940) performance as Lizzy Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, I think my favorite Mr. Darcy performance is Colin Firth in the BBC 2001 version of Pride and Prejudice.
Joy Luck Club
Another of my favorite books turned into film is the Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. I think it helps when the original author writes the screen play. I thought the casting and the performances were exceptional, and the film stands the test of time.
What Are Your Recent Favorite Films from Books
There have been a flood of recent films based on books . . .
- Dear John
- Secret Life of Bees
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Julie and Julia
- My Sister's Keeper
- The Lovely Bones
- The Road
- The Time Traveler's Wife . . . the list goes on and on. What is your favorite book to film of the past few years?
Children's Books into Film
For a discussion of children's books turned into films, see my previous blog post Children's Books into Film in the Kids Voices blog section.
DeAnn O. is a youth services librarian and has been a children’s librarian for 15 years. She is long time bibliophile and children’s advocate; DeAnn is also a mom to a very active 2 year old who loves books and knows what she likes.