Or as good? Or even actually add depth or atmosphere to the reading experience?
Interesting article by Richard Parker on this topic, at criminalelement.com.
“A great screenwriter can create an entirely different entity to the book that still sufficiently addresses the essence of the text.”
Yeah? How often do you think that happens?
I am not actually totally skeptical, because I’ve seen some pretty good adaptations. I loved “The Lord of the Rings” movies! Mostly, anyway. I definitely had some issues with the second movie in particular: what’s all that about having to TRICK the Ents into joining the battle against Saruman? That’s all wrong! But, okay, yes, in general I loved those movies.
But most of the time, a movie makes me want to read the book, but a book doesn’t necessarily set me on fire to see the movie. For example, I thought “The Hunger Games” was just okay, but distinctly inferior to the book, and I may well not bother seeing the other two movies when they come out.
One exception does leap to mind, though. “The Hunt for Red October”? Absolutely no reason to read the book. No. For that one, the movie’s got it all. Plus, hello, Sean Connery. Hard for the book to compete with that!
Anybody got a vote for a movie that didn’t have to depend on Sean Connery to be better than its book?