With all the children's and YA books being optioned for movies, I was thinking about some of the best book to movie adaptations. I think most books to movies end up disappointing readers and not being as good as the book. Some movies are passable. And there are a few that actually get it right it. Here are three that I think did a great job going from book to movie:
Anne of Green Gables
-This is one of my favorite books to movies and I love both the book and the movie. Sadly, this is the only Kevin Sullivan production that is faithful to the books. The second movie is a combination of three books, and the third has nothing to do with the books and is not worth watching. But the first one has the magic of the books and stays true to the story. The production is beautiful, the casting is spot on, and you really feel a part of Avonlea. Anne of Green Gables has around a four hour running time, which is great for fans who don't want anything left out.
-Both the animated version and the recent live action version are worth mentioning. Both versions maintain the charm of the book, and I like the recent live action one because it felt real-like I could visit a farm and Charlotte and Wilbur would be there. The live action version added more to the story, but I thought it kept the feel of book so I was ok with the additions.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
-The first Harry Potter movie (and maybe even the second) are great book to movie adaptations. The one thing I did miss when I went from book to movie was the unseen narrator and narration about the character's thoughts and feelings and back story. But even without that I got swept up in the story. The first movie stayed pretty true to the book and these movies deserve major kudos for the detail put into them. The sets always look amazing and just like I pictured Hogwarts and the casting is brilliant. The later movies start to leave out major plot points of the storyline and while I still like the production and casting, the story is always lacking. I'd gladly sit through a three or for hour extended cut of these movies in order to stay true to the story, wouldn't you?
Honorable mention goes to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I say the recent version from Disney was very well done and even though they added things, you have to remember the book is very short. I was ok with the added content and I really liked the back story of how the children came to live in the Professor's house. Mr. GreenBeanSexyMan on the other hand prefers the older BBC version and claims that the was the best and most true adaptation and the recent version had too much added to it. It's been too long since I've seen the BBC version, but I remember liking it as a kid.
Those are my choices for best Children's/YA book to movie. What other books to movies would you suggest? Any suggestions for the worst adaptation?