We all love books. I mean, you wouldn’t be visiting The Ranting Dragon if you didn’t, right? Most of us probably like films as well—but when those things come together, madness happens. Film adaptions can really only go two directions: either an adaption receives praise and love, or everyone absolutely hates it. Today, though, we are only looking at those adaptions that our staff absolutely loved.
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
|I’m always a little skeptical of film adaptations. For this one I’ll go with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, even if it’s not fantasy or science fiction. It’s just plain crazy! This is probably going to change to The Hunger Games once I see that one, though.|
|V For Vendetta
|Seeing as everyone else is going to answer with Lord of the Rings, which would be my first choice, I decided to go with another movie adaptation that I also enjoyed, V for Vendetta. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, it has quite a few differences to the original material but manages to retain the same general feel and create something quite poignant and affecting.|
|The Lord of the Rings
|I have to throw my vote in for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. If I have to pick just one, I thought The Two Towers was the best example of making alterations to the story which actually increased the drama and, dare I say, improved on the original.|
|The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
|The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from C. S. Lewis’s novel was the only adaption I can remember ever seeing where I didn’t say immediately after, “The book was better.” While some things were naturally altered, none of the changes were objectionable or disappointing. The casting was spot-on, especially for Lucy. And the special effects were beautifully done, not lacking in any respect without overwhelming the story.|
|The Bourne Trilogy
|I suppose the Bourne Trilogy doesn’t really count as science fiction, but hey, it has super soldiers! Regardless, these films simply have to be mentioned. I must confess, I’ve only read the first book, and didn’t care for it much… That makes it the only film I can think of that actually beats the book. And how! The entire Bourne Trilogy is such an amazing and intense edge-of-your-seat roller coaster ride. Too bad they’re making a fourth part with a completely new cast and team, though.|
What’s your favorite film adaption? Let us know in the comments below!