22 February 2008

Top 50 Books to Movies

With the Oscars this weekend and my Blade Runner post yesterday, I was browsing the net and came across this blog entry about the best best literature to movie adaptations created by the London Evening Standard. I'm not sure when it's from (the blog is only dated April 24) but it's a good list. I suspect it's quite old. I wonder if I, Robot, I Am Legend, Lord of the Rings, Lion Witch and the Wardrobe or the Harry Potter books would have made the list.

I've followed it by a list of my own, only of movies which I have seen AND read the book.

  1. The English Patient Michael Ondaatje
  2. Goodfellas Nicholas Pileggi
  3. The Vanishing Tim Krabbe
  4. Lord Of The Flies William Golding
  5. Remains Of The Day Kazuo Ishiguro
  6. Close Range (incl Brokeback Mountain) Annie Proulx
  7. Empire Of The Sun JG Ballard
  8. Schindler’s Ark (filmed as Schindler’s List) Thomas Keneally
  9. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold John le Carré
  10. Different Seasons (Shawshank Redemption) Stephen King .
  11. American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis
  12. Jaws Peter Benchley
  13. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (filmed as Blade Runner) Philip K Dick.
  14. The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett
  15. The Hound Of The Baskervilles Arthur Conan Doyle
  16. Heart Of Darkness (filmed as Apocalypse Now) Joseph Conrad
  17. Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
  18. Pride And Prejudice Jane Austen
  19. Tess Of The D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy .
  20. The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
  21. Les Liaisons Dangereuses (filmed as Dangerous Liaisons) Choderlos de Laclos
  22. 1984 George Orwell
  23. Alice In Wonderland Lewis Carroll
  24. A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
  25. A Kestrel For A Knave (filmed as Kes) Barry Hines
  26. Breakfast At Tiffany’s Truman Capote
  27. Be Cool (Get Shorty) Elmore Leonard
  28. Goldfinger Ian Fleming
  29. Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
  30. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
  31. Day Of The Triffids John Wyndham
  32. The Outsiders S E Hinton
  33. The Railway Children E Nesbit
  34. Watership Down Richard Adams
  35. Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
  36. Orlando Virginia Woolf
  37. The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie Muriel Spark
  38. Brighton Rock Graham Greene
  39. Catch-22 Joseph Heller .
  40. Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
  41. Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk
  42. The French Lieutenant’s Woman John Fowles
  43. LA Confidential James Ellroy
  44. The Godfather Mario Puzo
  45. The Talented Mr Ripley Patricia Highsmith
  46. To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee
  47. Trainspotting Irvine Welsh
  48. Sin City Frank Miller
  49. Rebecca Daphne Du Maurier
  50. Devil with a Blue Dress Walter Mosley

My list of my 12 favourite adaptations (that I can remember at this moment in time!)

  • Trainspotting
  • 1984
  • Jaws
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Princess Bride
  • Casino Royale
  • The Constant Gardener
  • Brighton Rock
  • Watership Down
  • Sin City
  • Great Expectations
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

There are so many books I've read but haven't got round to seeing the film, I Am Legend, The Lion The Witch, Day of the Triffids, V for Vendetta etc etc that I really must see.

1 comment:

Vimes said...

I'm shocked "The Body*" - or most people know the film as Stand by me isn't on either list.

That's criminal neglect

*Its also from the Diffrent seasons Novelettes same as Shawshank and Apt Pupil - another great book to film cross over