Top 5 Book to Movie Adaptations

For when your eyes are too tired for reading, part 2. Also, movies that don’t make me go ‘why did you do this Hollywood?!’*cough* Horns *cough*.


5.) Howl’s Moving Castle

Based on the book of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film follows cursed Sophie, the, literally, heartless wizard Howl, and some serious anti – war sentiment. Having never read the book, I can easily claim this adaptation doesn’t make me scream ‘why Hollywood?!’; though I know the differences between the two are ostensible. However, and I might be biased, I don’t think it’s possible for Miayzaki to make a bad film. Best viewed in a house where even the manners are a mess.


4.) A Letter to Three Wives

And what a letter! Based on the serial published in Cosmo in 1945 named Letter to Five Wives, this film follows three women who receive a letter from a mutual friend that she’s run off with one of her husbands; all three of who question her respective marriages. This adaptation actually improves on the original by making the women clever and autonomous. For 1949 anyway. With razor sharp writing and directing from Joseph Mankiewicz (see also All About Eve), this film was my first introduction to classic movies and is a sentimental favorite. Best watched while drinking martinis.


3.) Much Ado About Nothing

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this is a completely faithful adaptation (also one of my favorite books) directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Watch it, you’ll love it.


2.) It Happened One Night

Based on the short story Night Bus by Samuel Hopkins Adams, the film follows rich girl Ellen Andrews, played by Claudette Colbert, and poor journalist Peter Warne, played by Clark Gable, as they make their way from Florida back to New York during the lowest part of the Great Depression. The first film to win the ‘big five’ Oscars, this is an undisputed classic. Watch it, believe you me.


1.) Thank You for Smoking

Based on the book of the same name by Christopher Buckley, this tongue in cheek, politically incorrect movie is getting me through all the ridiculousness in Washington right now. The film follows tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor, played by Aaron Eckhart, going head to head with extremely anti – smoking Vermont Senator Ortolan Finistirre, played by Willaim H. Macy. The most enjoyable part of the movie for me is the grayness of politics, particularly in the case of Senator Finistirre who goes about his objectively well-intentioned goal of passing a law that requires anti – smoking imagery on cigarette packing in the most underhanded, manipulative way possible. Best viewed with your own MOD squad.


Thanks for reading and tell me your favorite book to movie adaptations in the comments. Bye!


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