Okay, so I am always behind the times. Ramblings of a Coffee-Addicted Writer posts a weekly Book Blogger Hop challenge. This comes in the form of a weekly book-related question bloggers are invited to answer in their own blog posts.
I admit I’m often late to the party – but I do arrive eventually, and so I join the excellent question posed at the beginning of July: What is your favorite movie adapted from a book?
I know for readers and authors this can be a loaded question. After all, so many of us fall in love with the books we read and are terribly disappointed to see how much is lost when translated to the big screen.
But, despite numerous disappointments, I have several favorites where I think the adaptations have done an excellent job bringing the novel to life – and have introduced works to younger audiences.
I have lots of favorites, but perhaps the one I would single out is the 1996 BBC adaption of one of my favorite novels, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I was so disappointed with the more recent Hollywood Keira Knightley version and some of the earlier BBC adaptations (and don’t even talk to me about how Netflix will bludgeon this well-loved classic when their version is released – why?), but this version starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, alongside a stellar cast and sumptuous costumes, set designs and scenes was, to my mind, pitch perfect.
Mr. Collins’ proposal scene is spectacular. Mrs. Bennet and her nerves are just right. Pemberley merits Lizzie’s “Of all this I might have been mistress” regret. And yes, Colin Firth really did make the perfect Mister Darcy. *Sigh*
A great cast, a great production – and faithful to the spirit of the story. Definitely a favorite for me.
And what about you, readers? What is your favorite movie adapted from a book?