So, last month, I asked you, hallucinatory readers, what were your favorite (and least favorite) film adaptations of different books. Given the eclectic answers, it only seemed wise to ask:
What are your dream films adaptations? How would you cast and who would you like to see to see helm the adaptation?
For me, here are two of my dream adaptations:
The Trick is to Keep Breathing by Janice Galloway
*Summary (courtesy of Amazon UK): ‘Janice Galloway’s The Trick Is to Keep Breathing opens with a woman watching herself from the corner of a darkened room. Immediately, Janice Galloway sweeps us inside her heroine’s confused psychology. Alone in her flat, the woman (ironically named “Joy”) sits quietly in the dark, nervously checking the clock, jumping at the shrill ring of the telephone. We learn through a series of flashbacks that the twin deaths of her married lover and her mother have brought her to this state of intense neurosis: “I don’t feel as if I’m really here at all”. Fragmented sentences and an irregular typography help to capture her deepening sense of dislocation and bewilderment.’
*Dream Director: Jane Campion
*Dream Writer: Hossein Amini or Patrick Marber
Rose Leslie as Joy Stone
Georgia King as Marianne
Lindsay Duncan as Ellen
Ewan McGregor as Michael Fisher
Matthew McNulty as Paul
Billy Howle as David
Johnny Lee Miller as Tony
Clare Grogan as Myra
The Believers by Zoë Heller
*Summary (courtesy of Good Reads): Zoë Heller, author of Notes on a Scandal and Everything You Know, has written a comic, tragic tale about one family’s struggles with the consolations of faith and the trials of doubt. When Joel Litvinoff is felled by a stroke, his wife, Audrey, uncovers a secret that forces her to reexamine her ideas about their forty-year marriage. Joel’s children will soon have to come to terms with this unsettling discovery themselves, but for the time being, they are grappling with their own dilemmas. Rosa is being pressed to make a commitment to religion. Karla is falling in love with the owner of a newspaper concession and Lenny faces another relapse into heroin addiction. In the course of battling their own demons and each other, every member of the family is called upon to reexamine long-held articles of faith and to decide what, if anything, they still believe in.
*Dream Director: The Coen Brothers or Danny Boyle
*Dream Screenwriter(s): The Coen Brothers or Nick Hornby
Janet McTeer as Audrey
Krysten Ritter as Rosa
Allison Tolman as Karla
Tom Cullen as Lenny
Dustin Hoffman as Joel
Emma Thompson as Jean
Lorraine Toussaint as Berenice
Corey Stoll as Mike
Ben Whishaw as Daniel
**A special thank you to Anthony Pizzo for some of these suggestions.
So, fellow readers, what are your choices? Keep in mind these to not have to be books which haven’t yet been adapted. If you want to see an adaptation of a previously adapted novel, shorty story, play, tell us what it is!