Top Ten Tuesday is is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is about classics and bloggers could spin the topic however they liked. I chose to talk about my Top Ten Movie Adaptations of Classic Novels. I personally love classics, and I think they’re really worth the read. They have so much to offer and there’s no more thought-provoking book than a classic… They have also inspired so many contemporary writers, and no matter which period we live in, classic novels are evergreen.
This is proved by the many movie adaptations of these books. Some of them are spectacular and stay true to the classic and its characters. Some others end up leaving out important themes and crucial scenes, sometimes because of the running time, sometimes because some directors favor sceneries and the visual impact instead of the actual story.
Every movie adaptation is different and each one of us has their own favorites. I personally prefer those movies that try to stay true to the book as much as possible, and offer great scenography at the same time. And the longer they last, the better for me, because it means the director tried to convey the same feelings of the book. And of course there has to be great acting.
So here’s my list:
Pride and Prejudice, BBC TV Mini series, directed by Simon Langton, starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth
Release date: 1995
Sense and Sensibility directed by Ang Lee, starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet
Release Date: 1995
Jane Eyre, TV Mini Series directed by Susanna Write, starring Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson
Release Date: 2006
Wuthering Heights directed by Peter Kosminsky, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche
Release Date: 1992
The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo di Caprio and Carrey Mulligan
Release Date: 2013
Dangerous Liaisons directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer
Release date: 1988
Doktor Zhivago directed by David Lean, starring Omar Shariff and Julie Christie
Release Date: 1965
Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey
Release Date: 1968
Les Misérables directed by Tom Hooler, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway
Release Date: 2012
The Lord of The Rings directed by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen
Release Date: 2001
Now tell me, what are your favorite movie adaptations of classic novels? 🙂