I have watched a lot of films, most of which are adaptations of some sort. These are my Top 10: Best Book Adaptations. Keep an eye out for my Top 10 Comic Book Adaptations in the future!
10. Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novels were adapted for the big screen, and lost none of their charm in doing so. Peter Jackson did the books proud and has now turned his hand to the original book – The Hobbit.
9. Blade Runner (1982)
Based on “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick (best name!), this science fiction film is legendary with a sequel currently in production.
8. Interview With The Vampire (1994)
The first of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles to be adapted to film, shows how vampires should be done – blood thirsty and violent (instead of sparkly pacifists!).
7. Alice in Wonderland (2009)
Out of the variety of adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, Tim Burton’s version is as trippy the original book and is most definitely my favourite.
6. Atonement (2007)
The utterly heartbreaking story of a soldier and his lover after he’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Tears are a sure thing in this adaptation of Ian McEwan’s best selling novel.
5. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Based on the book by Hubert Selby Jr, the film depicts the descent into insanity from addiction. A fantastic soundtrack and cast guaranteed this films success.
4. The Hunger Games (2012)
The first in the Hunger Games series is almost as blood thirsty as the original book. Lead by Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a no nonsense girl who won’t take no for an answer, this trilogy is a sure fire hit, just like the books.
3. Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)
Who can not love a bit of the boy who lived? One of the highest grossing film series of all time, Harry and his friends have been transported from page to screen and left and ever last mark on our hearts.
2. American Psycho (2000)
Based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis, is not one for the faint hearted. Dark, witty and violent, American Psycho was touted to be the next Fight Club by critics and has a similar cult following.
1. Fight Club (1999)
Based on the book by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club is a cult favourite. When The Narrator (Ed Norton) meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) chaos ensues. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must. Need anymore convincing? Check out my review! If you get the chance to read the book, do. It’s even more compelling than the film!
What’s your favourite book adaptation? Leave me a comment below!