Feeling Bookish? World Book Night – Mon 23 April 2012

To Kill A Mocking Bird still tops the list for many as the most successful film adaptation of a novel. Indeed, to celebrate the film’s 50th year since release,  President Obama introduced a special screening of the iconic film on US cable television last week.

With World Book Night taking place on Mon 23 April, thousands of books will be given away in bookstores, arts centres, pubs and clubs across the UK. Screenwriters, in their pursuit for new ideas and storylines, have always plundered the bookshelf; something clearly reflected in the WBN shortlist this year. Ranging from Kazuo Ishiguro’s Remains of the Day to John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Let the Right One In, many of the books have successfully been translated for the big screen.

Whilst Hollywood has a reputation for ruining countless classics, several filmmakers and actors have managed to achieve greatness with their film adaptations. Who can forget Kathy Bates’ performance as deranged ‘fan’ Annie Wilkes in the adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery or Javier Bardem’s Academy award-winning role in the Coen Brothers’ re-working of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men? Similarly, in light of the recent hits of the Harry Potter franchise, Twilight Saga, Lord of the Rings and most recently The Hunger Games, it is a lucrative trend that does not seem to be on the decline…

With Keira Knightley poised to don her corset in Anna Karenina and Carey Mulligan’s much-anticipated turn as Daisy in The Great Gatsby later this year, can the film ever surpass the book and what are your favourite book-to-screen adaptations?

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~ by cinemalicious on April 19, 2012.

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