To make a successful book-to-screen adaptation has always been considered very difficult to achieve. Most of the time we hear something like, ’Oh, please, the book was way better.’ It’s hard for some people to acknowledge that there are books that come alive much better on the big screen. We agree, it doesn’t happen very often and generally movies can’t capture all the magic of the book. But let’s be honest, sometimes it does happen.
Try to read the novel and then watch the movie. You’ll most likely join those who find Winston Groom’s Forrest to be less charming than the Forrest created by Robert Zemeckis and brilliantly portrayed by Tom Hanks. The movie was a huge success and even now, twenty years later, the wonderful story of a weird yet adorable guy melts our hearts every time we watch it.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie differs greatly from the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald that it was based on. The original story takes only a couple of pages to describe the aging aspects of Benjamin’s intriguing and captivating story. Yet David Fincher, the director of the movie, succeeded in revealing some of the mysteries Fitzgerald left untold. The story of love, faith, and hope taken from the book got its second chance to be heard and seen on the big screen.
The Shawshank Redemption
Stephen King’s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption may not be his most touching work, full of emotions, or addressing some serious problems, yet it served as a great basis and inspiration for the story on the screen. The Shawshank Redemptionhas already become a classic of cinematography. It’s generally regarded as a must-see movie, one of the best movies of all time, and most importantly, even Stephen King mentions the movie as one of his favorite adaptations of his works.
The Great Gatsby
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Great Gatsby is a truly great novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie, however, adds more colors to the story, thus making it more sincere and captivating. It’s only after watching the movie that one can really understand the protagonists’ mixed feelings and the lifestyle they prefer to live.
The Painted Veil
Warner Independent Pictures
W. Somerset Maugham’s book of the same name was all about the main character, Kitty Garstin, and all kinds of new feelings she had towards people around her — love, faith, duty, deceit. The director of the movie, John Curran, and his amazing team tried to look at all those things a little more widely — they showed that love eventually comes to its end, and all people end up with is their courage to make another step forward.
Written by Peter Benchley, Jaws was originally about a white shark terrorizing a small town. A 1975 movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg originated the concept of the summer blockbuster and made the story incredibly popular around the world. Back then, Jaws, being one terrific thriller movie, produced some serious jaw-dropping effects and is rightfully considered one of the greatest movies ever made.
Interview with the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire is a great American drama horror movie based on the novel of the same name by Anne Rice. If you haven’t read the book yet, but you have watched the movie, don’t feel bad: the story on the screen perfectly follows the one written on paper. Main characters, their personalities, costumes, catchphrases — the director left everything almost untouched, just the way it was in the book. Well, except for one tiny little thing. The ending of the movie and that of the novel suggest very different ideas. But who’s to say which one is better?