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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Book into Movie

I'm getting really excited for the new movie version of Jane Eyre! That's one of my favorite books of all time, and I've never been entirely satisfied with any movie based on it, so my hopes are high. Michael Fassbender seems like a great choice for Rocherster--dark, dangerous, handsome, a little cruel. I know less about Mia Wasikowska (didn't see Alice) but the reviews so far make it sound like she's perfect for Jane.

Movie adaptations of beloved books are very tricky--we, as readers, form such close attachments to our own ideas of the characters that if the movie doesn't conform to the original, it can be very jarring. I don't personally feel that a movie has to be word for word, to-the-letter faithful in order to be a good adaptation. In fact, sometimes that's a detriment, because what makes a great book isn't the same as what makes a satisfying movie experience. So long as the movie catches the spirit of the book and transports me to the same emotional place, I'm happy!

So what's your favorite movie adaptation of a book?


I agree, Louisa, I've never been completely satisfied with any screen adapation of Jane Eyre either. I'm so looking forward to this one!

Thanks for posting the trailer! I've been hearing all about the movie but hadn't gotten around to Googling for the Jane Eyre trailer.

I adapted one of my favorite books into a screenplay once and so I have a new appreciation for book-to-film adaptations. The two are such different mediums and now I can appreciate a film adaptation of a story independently of its book form. In a few rare cases (and of course I can't think of examples right now), the story was better told on screen than in the book.

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