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Film Adaptations

by V. L. Craven

Books Into Films

Books and plays that were turned into films or television. If the title of the adaptation differs from the source material, the film title will be in parentheses.

* = the film did justice to the book
** = the film was better than the book

If there’s no rating then I haven’t seen the film, but it’s on my to-be-watched list.

Really. Don't.

*84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 5

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier (play)
Atonement by Ian McEwan

*Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison 12.07.98
Beaches by Iris Rainer Dart 2 [The film was great on its own, but it had little to do with the book. I’d give the film a 5 by itself]

*The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman (play) 5
The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte (The Ninth Gate: 2) [The movie was fun on its own, but had little to do with the book]
*Compulsion by Meyer Levin 5
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Death Note [Film 1: Film 2:] [Anime:]
The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolan:
The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley [The Devils] 2
**Dexter Morgan series by Jeff Lindsay
*Dirty Tricks by Michael Dibdin [TV movie with Martin Clunis] 5
**Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells 5 [The book was awful and the film was passable thanks to Flanagan and Smith]
*Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry (play):  5

*Equus by Peter Shaffer (play): 5
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer: 4

Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik: 5
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg: 4

*Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers 5
*Ghost World by Daniel Clowes: 5
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen: 4
*GOTH by Otsuichi: 4
Gypsy by Jule Styne [1993 TV movie] : 5

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. (Play: 5). (The Haunting 1963: 5) (The Haunting 1999: 3)
*High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 5
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (2005: 5) [Radio: Tertiary Phase: 4]
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
**The Hours by Michael Cunningham 5

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle 5
[Inspector Morse films by Colin Dexter: 5]
The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Hugo)

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
*Little Children by Tom Perotta 4
*The Love Letter by Cathleen Schine  5

Macbeth by William Shakespeare (Scotland, PA: 5)
The Mammy by Brendan O’Carroll (Agnes Browne: 5)
Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: 4
**My Sister in This House by Wendy Kesselman [Sister, My Sister] : 5

The Night Listener by Armistead Maupin
*Noises Off by Michael Frayn (play into film): 5

*On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (play): 5
The Owl and the Pussycat by Bill Manhoff (play): 4
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez: 5

*Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steve Chbosky: 5
*Play It Again, Sam by Woody Allen (play): 5
*The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Murial Spark: 5
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy 1 [The film was great on its own, but it had little to do with the book. I’d give the film a 5 by itself]
Psychopathia Sexualis by Richard von Krafft-Ebing 5/0 (It was wretched. I walked out.)

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis 5
*The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle 5
Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs 4

*Shadowlands by William Nicholson (play): 5
Speak by Laurie Anderson 4
**Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling 5

*The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass 5
Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare  [Titus] : 5
*To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: 5

*The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides 5

West Side Waltz by Ernest Thompson (play): 5
What Was She Thinking by Zoe Heller [Notes on a Scandal] : 5
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon: 5

Dr Lecter Series by Thomas Harris

Red Dragon 5 Manhunter (1986): Red Dragon (2002):
The Silence of the Lambs 5
Hannibal 5
Hannibal Rising 4



Great Expectations 5


J.K. Rowling
[first number is film’s comparison to book; second number is film rating on its own]
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: 2/4
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 4/
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 5/5

Minette Walters
*The Ice House 5
*The Scold’s Bridle 5
*The Sculptress 5

Sarah Waters
Affinity 4
Fingersmith 5
Tipping the Velvet 5

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