Last year I wrote a post about five of my very favourite book to tv/movie adaptations. I later realised that there were more amazing adaptations out there, so here are five more adaptations that made me want to read the book.
North And South, Elizabeth Gaskell
North & South is probably, to this day, my favourite BBC period drama miniseries. I love the story, I love the atmosphere, I love the characters, and I love the portrayal of those characters by Daniela Denby-Ashe and Richard Armitage. I first watched the mini series a good ten years ago and it’s taken me until now to get around to the book, but I wasn’t disappointed.
The Walking Dead, Written by Robert Kirkman and Illustrated by Charlie Adlard & Tony Moore
Reading episode reviews of The Walking Dead you can’t escape comparisons to the show’s comicbook source material and how much of a cult following it has. Well, I figured all those fans had to be onto something and I dove into volume one. Season one of The Walking Dead is one of my all time favourite seasons of TV and reading the comic book was just as great, and made me love the show even more. I was shocked to see iconic scenes from the show that I knew so well perfectly depicted in the comic. It was, in my opinion, and almost perfect adaptation.
Looking For Alibrandi, Melina Marchetta
Another oldie, I first saw Looking For Alibrandi years and years ago and it stayed with me. The book is one of the first novels I read in one sitting and set me up as a Marchetta fan for life. I won’t lie, one of the main draws for Marchetta’s writing for me is the inherent – without being obvious – Australianness of it all. The beautiful prose is nostalgic and comforting to read, even when the subject matter is less than happy.
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
This one came highly recommended to me by anyone who knows I enjoy wartime dramas. When I finally got around to the miniseries, I knew immediately that I would adore the book, and I did. And it killed me a little towards the end, and I need to reread it soon.
A Room With A View, EM Forster
Sometimes someone sits you down to watch a film and it changes your life. Then you read the book and it becomes one of your favourites. I bloody love this film and book and story in general. I love the way Forster writes about Florence and I connect with few characters so deeply as I do Lucy Honeychurch. Also, the costumes are lovely, which doesn’t hurt.