Nowadays it feels like almost the moment I'm finished reading a thrilling new blockbuster, it soon appears at the cinema. I personally enjoy seeing the written word bought to life in film and get excited to see how a director had captured certain favorite moments from a book. However, many film adaptations get criticized for missing bits from the book, for casting the wrong lead actors or for having too much artistic license and changing the essence of a great story.
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What's been your favorite film or TV adaptation of a book? What did you enjoy about it?
I enjoyed Hunger Games: Catching Fire recently. I think I might actually prefer it to the book. There was nothing that I felt was left out, though it didn't clarify things enough sometimes. I also liked the Lord of the Rings movies. Those books could drag on a little bit sometimes (though I loved them) but the films could gloss over these bits and keep the momentum going. They were surprisingly humorous at times too.
I also enjoyed the recent Hunger Games adaptation. I preferred it to the book as the pace was excellent. I definitely think the third book will play well on the big screen and will hopefully wrap up the trilogy better than the book did for me.
I love a lot of the fantasy books that make it to the big screen as the effects and stunning visuals are often so impressive. So this includes Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books and Percy Jackson films.
Another genre I enjoy seeing on film is Shakespeare , mostly to help bring to life the sometimes confusing sub plots. I really enjoyed Much ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet.
I think the best adaptations are the ones that improve upon the book. I really like the adaptation of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, but I think my favourite adaptation is The Wizard of Oz.
Truman Capote's, "In Cold Blood" is an incredible book. The film adaptation with Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an oscar for his portrayal of Truman Capote, is intense. From the opening scene the film draws you in. The cast are exceptional, the story is horrific, even more so for being a true story.