Lets face it, there are some books we will never get around to reading. Here is a list of books I know from the screen adaptations;
Pride and Prejudice/Sense and Sensibility/Mansfield Park
I haven’t read a single Austen novel. But directors seem to love her work. Every few years there is some kind of modern redux of Emma/PAP, so maybe I should give one of her books a try?
Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
I haven’t read this. But I do know the Merchant Ivory film, with Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
This one pretty much every literary prize going. But I have only watched the Nicholas Cage film.
Far From the Madding Crowd, Tess. Both by Thomas Hardy
Hardy’s books are so depressing. The film version of Tess is by Polanski and makes short work of a very heavy going book.
Daphne Du Maurier
There have been several classic films loosely based on her stories. I like Don’t Look Now, The Birds and Rebecca the most.
Apart from Stephen King, no twentieth century writer has had more of their novels turned into movies. Eg: Odd Man Out , Brighton Rock, The Third Man, The Human Factor, The End of the Affair and The Quiet American.
I have only read one of his books. But Mystic River and Shutter Island were both based on books he wrote.
Edgar Allen Poe
His stories have been used for Hammer Horror shorts (Masque of the Red Death and The Black cat, to give only two.
House of the Spirits/Smila’s Feeling for Snow
Again, I have seen films based on both of these books.
Empire of the Sun – J G Ballard
I never finished the book, there is a Spielberg film with Christian Bale as the boy.