The Golden Globes just passed and two of the award categories were Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay. I haven't yet written an original screenplay but after adapting my novel The Crescent into screenplay format I can say that writing a novel and writing a screenplay are two very different animals. What works in a novel doesn't necessarily translate to screen. So more often than not you get a movie that has been drastically changed. For the most part there have been many lackluster transitions from book to screen. But a few stand out as being on target.
Which is my favorite? I have to say the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Yes, die hard fans will say that even Peter Jackson took liberties with the original stories...but I say so what. The final outcome is a masterpiece. They are a joy to watch over and over again.
Second runner-up is a childhood favorite. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I read the entire Narnia set when I was growing up. I loved ever minute of them. If it had to take this long to bring the to the screen and do justice to them then I'll take it.
Let's face it, even Stephen King wasn't thrilled with The Shining and that turned out to be a classic. Misery...another classic...not the original ending from the novel. So even if a movie is slightly skewed from the original story of the book, as long as it turns out a good movie I'm happy.
Causes Cynthia Vespia Supports
American Cancer Society
World Wildlife Fund