A few weeks ago, we wrote a list of 20 book-based movies currently on Netflix to check out this summer—or at least before they disappear from the online streaming site. While the list started out with a selection of films that Amanda, a fellow blogger, had been tracking, I have since extended it as many more movies have been added in the past months.
These movies are based on both contemporary and classic novels and, in once case, a comic book. Some of the films stick more closely to the original plot, while others deviate from it. At the end of the day, film is a very different medium from the written word, but love it or hate it, watching the film-version of books you’ve read can be exciting.
A few terms ago, I had a professor who was a former employee at Laika, helping them acquire movies like Coraline and Paranorman. Movies I’m sure I was more obsessed with than every kid in the audience. She told me that literary adaptations aren’t about recreating the book page-by-page on screen. Books aren’t scripts, and to treat them like so would lead to movies which far exceed an hour or two. In reality, directors search for books that inspire them. That they have a vision for. And I, for one, love to see the result of this inspiration.
Black Hawk Down
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
The Cider House Rules
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Diary of Anne Frank
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
Harriet the Spy
The Talented Mr. Ripley
What Maisie Knew
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