Next up in the 30 Days of Books list is that often testy intersection of books and movies:
Day 19 – Favorite book turned into a movie
Now, lots of my favorite books have been turned into movies – some done very well (To Kill A Mockingbird, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings, In Cold Blood, the Harry Potter films just to name a few) and some not as well (let’s not go there today).
But let’s make this question about the movie – what’s the best movie from a book? And for that the answer is so obvious, most people would forget that the movie is based on a book.
Jaws is the rare exception where the film version surpasses the original written material. Now Peter Benchley’s Jaws (novel) was a big hit and it’s a fine book and a good thriller but the film is so pitch-perfect, while editing some things out of the novel’s story and changing a few things here and there to make the movie a classic.
I know it’s on cable all the time, but I almost always tune in for a little bit if I know that it’s on — and if I were doing the 30 Days of Movies, this would probably be my favorite.