The book to film adaptation is a curious process. What can be so invigorating and exciting on the page can become turgid or lifeless on the screen. On some occasions, a film adaptation can actually improve the original book by giving it the editing it so desperately needs.
So, hallucinatory readers, what are some of your favorite or most hated book-to-film adaptations that you seen?
Some favorites of mine:
*The Wings of the Dove: Novel by Henry James, adapted by Hossein Amini
*City of God: Novel by Paulo Lins, adapted by Bráulio Mantovani
*The Servant: Novel by Robert Maugham, adapted by Harold Pinter
*Belle de Jour: Novel by Joseph Kessel, adapted by Luis Buñuel
*Trainspotting: Novel by Irvine Welsh, adapted by John Hodge
*Confessions: Novel by Kanae Minato, adapted by Tetsuya Nakashima
*The Birds: Short Story by Daphne Du Maurier, adapted by Evan Hunter
*Frenzy: Based on the novel Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square by Arthur La Bern, adapted by Anthony Shaffer.
*Let the Right One In: Adapted by John Ajvide Lindqvist from his own novel.
*Leaving Las Vegas: Novel by John O’Brien, adapted by Mike Figgis
These are only few. So, readers, what are yours?