Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Literature to Movie

I asked a homeschooling board if they could help me come up with a list of great movies that were also classic works of literature. I think most of the list below qualifies. The top portion are the ones I thought of myself.


Pride & Prejudice
Our Mutual Friend
Jane Eyre
Sense & Sensibility
Mayor of Castorbridge
Mansfield Park
Wives and Daughters
Bleak House
Northanger Abbey (They are making a new one of this!)
Wuthering Heights
Lorna Doone
A Tale of Two Cities
A Christmas Carol
Little Women
Great Expectations
North and South (Gaskell)
Nicholas Nickleby
The Last of the Mohicans
The Count of Monte Cristo
Vanity Fair 
The Lord of the Rings

Oliver Twist 

The Three Musketeers


These were all suggested to me:


Martin Chuzzlewit
Hard Times
Horatio Hornblower
The Scarlet Pimpernel
War and Peace
Anna Karenina
Dr Zhivago
Les Miserables
The Man from Snowy River
Winslow Boy


The Moonstone and The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (a contemporary of Charles Dickens) - this was totally new to me--another Victorian novelist, yippie!


"If you like Oscar Wilde I would add An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, and A Good Woman (Lady Windermere's Fan)."


"The Inheritance (based on Louisa May Alcott's book)."


"A Simple Twist of Fate. It is a retelling of Silas Marner..."


Cyrano de Bergerac


Can you think of any good classic literature-to-movies out there? 


Heather said...

This is actually a poem...the disney movie is very loosely based on the poem by Banjo Patterson.

Heather said...

House of Mirth; Wharton (I think)

Marie said...

"The Last of The Mohicans" was one of the best movies I ever saw. However it had very little to do with the book. Actually I thought the book was a big disappointment!

I'd like to nominate "To Kill A Mockingbird."

Also, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was excellent although full of bad language. I am not sure about this; I don't approve of bad language but I don't know if you can write a book/make a movie about mental hospitals without it in there.

If the bad language doesn't offend your conscience, which in my case it does to the point where I can't read the book/see the movie again, "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" was, I thought, brilliant. It opens up the tragedy and pathos and humanity and inhumanity of the mentally ill scene and is really great literature - had several excellent underlying themes and quite a few twists and surprises. Unforgettable.


Dana said...

I was wishing for just such a list. My brain is fried right now...

can't think of any others to add

but printed your list and want to say

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

That was me. I can't get the hang of this anonymous thing. Sorry.


mamatc said...

We JUST watched 'Snowy River' last night! Loved it. I can't think of many more than what's on your list-which is great. I'll have to take notes! Have you seen many of these? Where can you get them? I've seen several of them and they are sometimes dissappointing if you've read the book first. Not to mention the chopping/editing/artistic liberties that are usually done by Holly-wierd.The books are usually better. Oh, how about 'Tuck Everlasting'? I didn't care for the movie much-it was ok. The theme is immortality and a family's 'struggle' w/it. A YOUNG boy and girl swim in their skivies together, there's an obvious attraction and they kiss...unfortunately, not exactly wholesome values.

Maybe the books better?! :)


Traci :)

P.S.Love the family pics! What sweet faces you get to see everyday!