Each month The Classics Club releases a question to get club members thinking, discussing and sharing; either on the official site or on their own sites. This month’s question is a rewind from August 2014, contributed by Teresa (who joined in 2012):
What are your thoughts on adaptations of classics? Say mini-series or movies? Or maybe modern approaches? Are there any good ones? Is it better to read the book first? Or maybe just compare the book and an adaptation?
If you are a regular reader on my blog you will know I love adaptations: whether that’s an adapted TV series, film or play of a classic or modern novel. Some of my favourite adaptations of classics are:
- Bleak House (2005)
- Emma (2009)
- Great Expectations (2011)
- Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
- The Railway Children (1970)
- The Secret Garden (1993)
- Sense and Sensibility (1995)
- The Three Musketeers (1973)
- The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Wuthering Heights (1992)
Apart from Emma and Wuthering Heights, I watched all of these films and TV series before reading the books. A lot of them I grew up watching and while I was encouraged to read as a child, that didn’t general include many classics. Hence why I was so keen to join The Classics Club when it was announced back in 2012. However now I have read all of these and loved them!
What is your favourite adaptation of a classic? Also, link in the comments if you have taken part in this month’s Classic Club meme too.