What a coup for an author to have his or her book made into a movie, huh? When it's done right, it can enhance the reader's experience of the book. When done poorly, a movie adapted from your favorite book is maddening. It makes you wonder if the film maker even read the book!
I've been thinking about this topic lately because one of my favorite books, The Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett, is playing as a miniseries on cable right now. Thus far, I'm really pleased with the film interpretation of the book. See my review of the miniseries here.
Some of my favorite book-to-movie conversions are oldies: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Wizzard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind. These movies just seem grand, boosting up the already impressive status of the underlying books. What are some of your favorite books that have been artfully turned into film? What about books you loved but did not work so well as a movie? I'd love to hear your opinion!