Best Book Adaptations

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A photo from the Pride and Prejudice movie.

Many books have been translated onto the big screen; which ones get it right?

 

Pride and Prejudice was originally written by Jane Austen and published in 1813. It tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of five daughters, who’s navigating British society in search of a husband: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” She soon meets the rich and mysterious Mr. Darcy, and the two immediately clash. Eventually, Darcy’s true feelings are revealed when he proposes (passionately in the rain). Director Joe Wright’s beautiful adaptation takes a more poetic spin on the classic story of class, love, and integrity. Kiera Knightly is Lizzy Bennet and Matthew McFayden is Mr. Darcy. 

BEST MOMENTS: Hand flex scene. Meeting in the field.

A picture from the Little Women movie.

Little Women was written in 1868 by Louisa May Alcott. Greta Gerwig directed the 2019 adaptation of this timeless story of the four March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Meg, the oldest sister played by Emma Watson, is kind, romantic, and wishes to obtain wealth and luxury. Jo, the second-born daughter played by Sairose Ronan, is an outspoken tomboy and aspiring writer. She befriends the rich boy next door, Laurie, played by Timothee Chalamet. Beth March, played by Eliza Scanlen, is shy and meek with a love for music. The youngest sister, Amy March, played by Florence Pugh, is vain and artistic. In this coming-of-age story, the March family experiences love, grief, and class struggles. Gerwig brings this to life with a beautiful score, composed by Alexandre Desplat, and a stunning costume design by Jacqueline Durran that truly captures the essence of each character. 

BEST MOMENTS: Laurie’s proposal. Beach scene

A picture from The Perks of Being a Wall Flower movie.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The 1999 book and the 2012 adaptation are an essential viewing for any high schooler. The story follows a smart, shy boy named Charlie, played by Logan Lermon, who enters high school friendless and depressed. He quickly meets the spirit-filled duo, Sam and Patrick – played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. With their help he navigates youth, works to overcome his trauma, and embraces his wallflower personality.

BEST MOMENTS: Tunnel scene. Homecoming. Below average