Since my two recent book reviews were of books that resulted in major films – Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and The Night of the Hunter – I have decided to have a go at this book tag about literary adaptations, slightly changing the original book tag seen at Milibroteca (a Spanish language book blog).
I. What is your favourite literary adaptation?
Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient  adapted from the novel of the same name  by Michael Ondaatje.
The English Patient is far from being the most faithful adaptation, but Minghella (The Talented Mr Ripley ) conveyed the spirit and atmosphere of the novel perfectly, and the film boasts great performances from Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche. The score by Gabriel Yared (Betty Blue ) is one of the most beautiful ever produced, too.
II. What do you consider to be the best book-to-film adaptation?
Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides  adapted from the novel of the same name  by Jeffrey Eugenides.
In my opinion, some of the best ever literary adaptations include Gone with the Wind , Rosemary’s Baby  and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , but there is still something very special about Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, so I choose that film. It is a beautiful, haunting adaptation which remains largely faithful to the source material. Coppola did an amazing job conveying the suburban claustrophobia and hidden despair and tension of the girls. Continue reading “The Literary Adaptation Book Tag”