Dr Tanya is asking us to list 5 of our favourite movie adaptations and why we like them.
Some movies do not do the books justice, then we get the Director’s Cut and Special Editions, and those are usually more interesting.
Here are my choices:
Aliens : the second in the film franchise and the special edition went back to the book adding more depth to the story. It was the same with Alien 3.
Dancing With Wolves: the original film and video release was just under three hours, the latter being a different cut to the film we saw at the cinema. However, I read the book and so much was left out of the Indian way of life, how Stands with a Fist came to be living with the Sioux tribe and why she was at the water’s edge cutting her wrists. We bought the Special Edition on video, albeit in widescreen so we had a letter box view, but at almost four hours, it went back to the book and I hated the American soldiers by the end.
The Abyss: another long film with a special edition which went back to the book and how the aliens controlled water. The special effects on that were brilliant.
Absolute Power: I saw the film first and it was pretty good, but then I like Clint Eastwood and Ed Harris. However, I read the book and the story is different, some characters don’t exist and others are an amalgamation of two. Both were good, but I preferred the book.
Wuthering Heights: This is an oddball as I liked the Kate Bush song, so read the book which I found hard going. The Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier film was shown one afternoon on TV so I watched that and enjoyed it, relating the song to the movie, rather than the book.