From Classic Page to Screen
Books, particularly the classics, have always been a huge source of inspiration for screenwriters. Some of the most enduring novels have inspired many film and TV adaptations, each approaching the story in a different way. Sometimes the adaptations are spot-on, true to both the story and the emotion of the source material. Often, screenwriters and directors take liberties to update the story for modern audiences or translate page to screen.
Last week, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, hit theaters in a glitzy Baz Luhrmann production. Its success at the box office is further proof that some of the best movie plots are waiting in the pages of classic literature.
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- Age of Innocence (1993) – written by Edith Wharton
- Dracula (1992) – written by Bram Stoker
- The Grapes of Wrath (1940) – written by John Steinbeck
- Great Expectations (1999 BBC mini-series) – written by Charles Dickens
- The Great Gatsby (1974) – written by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Jane Eyre (2011) – written by Charlotte Bronte
- The Last of the Mohicans (1992) – written by James Fenimore Cooper
- Les Misérables (1998) – written by Victor Hugo
- Little Women (1994) – written by Louisa May Alcott
- North and South (2004) – written by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Pride & Prejudice (1995) – written by Jane Austen
- A Room with a View (1985) – written by E.M. Forster
- Sense & Sensibility (1995) – written by Jane Austen
- Sherlock Holmes (2009) – based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Time Machine (1960) – written by H.G. Wells
- To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) – written by Harper Lee
- Wuthering Heights (2008) – written by Emily Bronte