In the first of what will probably more than one collection, we list 10 of the greatest examples of literature to celluloid in the modern era.
You hear it all the time: "It wasn't as good as (name source)." "He didn't look like how I envisioned 'X' to be." "I wish 'so and so' would have been cast instead of 'so and so,'" and so on. It's the universal razz against movies, especially when made from a known media source like books. As long as there has been celluloid, there's been movies based on famous tomes, and as long as there have been movies based on famous tomes, there's been opinions of how respectful and/or disrespectful said films are to said source. Just recently, people got their Jazz Age juices flowing over what Baz Luhrmann dared to do to F. Scott Fitzgerald's beloved The Great Gatsby. Sadly, all he really did was contemporize and glamorize a rather faithful retelling of the dodgy doomed romance. So sue him.
In any event, we've decided to come up with our first (of what we imagine will be many more) list of the Best Book to Film Adaptations. Unlike other pieces of this type, there aren't a bunch of caveats to consider. Our only criteria here was to take a look a movies made out of books -- famous or not -- and discuss their merits. On the other hand, there is something that needs addressing. You will see a couple of glaring omissions, and that was planned. No, Jaws is not here. It's a masterpiece. It's also light years away from Peter Benchley's pulpy page turner. Similarly, we've left off something like Lord of the Flies because, no matter how good the film turned out (the original, not the noxious mid-'80s update), the book remains untouchable. Finally, there are no "inspired bys". No Apocalypse Nows. No Wild at Hearts. No I Am Legends.
With that being said, let's get right into #10, a new classic if ever there was one: