by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

The Guardian has released a list of the top 50 book to film adaptations.

I figured I’d run through the list and see what I’ve read and/or watched:

‘B’ for book, ‘F’ for film.

1984 (B)
Alice in Wonderland (B)
American Psycho (B)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (F)
Brighton Rock
Catch 22
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (B/F)
A Clockwork Orange
Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain) (B)
The Day of the Triffids
Devil in a Blue Dress
Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption) (B)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner) (F)
Doctor Zhivago
Empire of the Sun
The English Patient
Fight Club (B/F)
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Get Shorty
The Godfather (F)
Goldfinger (F)
Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (B)
Jaws (B/F)
The Jungle Book (B/F)
A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)
LA Confidential (F)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (F)
Lord of the Flies (B/F)
The Maltese Falcon
Oliver Twist (B)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (B/F)
The Outsiders (B)
Pride and Prejudice (B/F/F)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Railway Children
The Remains of the Day
Schindler’s Ark (aka Schindler’s List) (F)
Sin City (B/F)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Talented Mr Ripley
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Vanishing
Watership Down (B)

Terrible, I know. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some books to read and some movies to watch.



  1. V #
    April 22, 2006

    I def recomment To kill a Mockingbird and the Talented Mr Ripley.
    Maybe Rebecca too, always been a fan of Du Maurier.

  2. April 22, 2006

    Yeah… Everytime I look over this list, I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t read more of these.

    To my credit, I would like to say that I have in the past started reading both “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. I just never finished them.

    On the other hand, I’ve never even heard of “Rebecca” before.

    This is, unfortuantely, what comes of being a geek. You’ve read – several times, mind you – LOTR and Narnia. And several similar works that no one else has heard of. But you’ve never gotten around to taking a peek at the more ‘mainstream’ stuff.

    Of course, having to read for school doesn’t exactly help either.

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