Based on a bestselling novel, the movie tries heartily to contain writer markus zusaks myriad plot points. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by markus zusak and adapted by michael petroni. It was even more disappointing than the percy jackson booktofilmadaptations, and i genuinely didnt think that was possible. Its not quite as good as the book, but film adaptations rarely are. Charlie wants to be faithful to the book in his adaptation, but despite laroche himself being an interesting character in his own right, charlie is having difficulty finding enough material in laroche to fill a movie, while equally not having enough to say cinematically about the beauty of orchids. In the late 1990s charlie kaufman was commissioned to write an adaptation of the orchard thief, a. Addicted to ya share book recommendations with your. The book thief i missed a few of the nuances and scenes from the book but it was still an. Book versus movie it is no surprise that most film adaptations differ from the novels that inspired them. Charlie, who rejects formulaic scriptwriting, wants to ensure that his script is a faithful adaptation of the orchid thief, but comes to feel that the book does not have a usable narrative and is impossible to turn into a film, leaving him with a serious case of writers block. Recently, i finally got around to reading my copy of markus zusaks the book thief and i. Adaptation movie true story the real susan orlean and john. The lawnmower man is the laziest adaptation of them all because its hardly even one, having been named after a stephen king short story with a similar subject matter just for the sake of broadening the film s appeal. I love the recent adaptations like hunger games, lord of the rings, harry potter, twilight, and more.
This activity challenges students who have read the book thief in its. The book thief, ya books, literary adaptations, fauxscars. The levels of lovehate and joydisappointment are no greater in the world of cinema than with literary translations to film. Markus zusak, author of bestselling novel the book thief, answers questions from guardian childrens books site members about the film of his. The book thief is the story of a young liesel meminger growing up in nazi germany. The girl, who lives with her adoptive german family, is taught to read by her caring foster father. The book thief brian percival delivers a quietly effective and engaging adaptation of markus zusaks wwiiset novel. But the way in which orleans reportage is constantly mangled and travestied en route to film is. In just a few short weeks, the longawaited film adaptation of the book thief, markus zusaks bestselling novel, will be released.
Nov 15, 20 film adaptations top 10 movie adaptations. Struggling to adapt susan orleans ponderous and elegiac account of orchid hunter and passion collector john laroche into a suitably dramatic film, screenwriter charlie kaufman in real life realized that his creative difficulties mirrored the books. A boy in new york is taken in by a wealthy upper east side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the metropolitan museum of art. The pace and action in a book translates differently on screen. Brian percivals film adaptation of markus zusaks bestselling novel the book thief is ultimately unconvincing, says jenny mccartney. Lawnmower man hobbit and forrest gump movie adaptations completely different from the books. May, 2019 im joining top ten tuesday this week to share my 10 best book to movie adaptations. Adaptation 2002 based on the orchid thief 1998 by susan orlean. Every reader knows those mixed feelings of excitement and dread when a book to movie adaptation is announced. The book thief has its moments of brilliance, thanks in large part to an adept cast. Addicted to ya share book recommendations with your friends. As it is frequently mentioned on this website, there is an everpresent tugofwar going on between novels and their film adaptations. Our episode on brian percivals film the book thief is now available to listen to. Aug 19, 2016 the princess bride film was helped immensley by the fact that william goldman was a celebrated screenwriter before he wrote the book and then adapted it into a movie.
The wolf of wall street forrest gump the silence of the lambs fight club shawshank redemption. Even when a film sticks very close to the book its based on, people who loved the text will no doubt pick out any tiny changes that were made, or. Enjoyable submitted by srclark734 on august 8, 2014, 4. The films selected in this list, covering all age groups, are particularly successful adaptations of classic books which are often to be found on the curriculum and in the.
The book thief submitted by sbnb on august 4, 2014, 10. It still could have gone wrong but definitely had that in its favor. This film is an adaptation of markus zusaks 2005 novel about a young girl in nazi germany. The book thief the book thief by marcus zusak the breadwinner the. The film is set in a small german community caught in the war. Film adaptations come along with a lot of drawbacks and potholes which are difficult to fill. I second no country for old men as one of the best book to film adaptations. The movie adaptation of the book thief was released in november 20. This type of adaptation is tricky, however, because people will always be pointing out the similarities andgasp. Jess and kendyl have a hard time talking over their emotions in this episode on markus zusaks the book thief, but eventually, they get through the haze and discuss all the lovable characters, intense moments and. First released in 2006, the book thief has remained on the new york times bestseller list since its publication.
In 1902, when george melies directed the first film adaptationwhich he also starred inhe based the films visual design on artist j. What are some worst book to film adaptations and why. International bestselling author markus zusaks haunting novel the book thief spent over 500 weeks on the new york times bestseller list after its publication in 2006. Watch the adaptation movie trailer for the nicolas cage film directed by spike jonze.
Charlie kaufman was hired to write the script, but struggled with the adaptation and writers block. Which are the 5 best novel to movie adaptations of all time. Ill be one of many talking about movie adaptations ive hated, or about new book editions with the film poster as the cover which i cant stand, but there are positive for every book to filmtv adaptation even the terrible ones heres looking at you, percy jackson and the lightning thief. Analysis of markus zusak s the book thief 1156 words 5 pages. Top 10 ya book to movie adaptations kent district library. The day i finished the book was, coincidentally, the day before its film adaption was released on dvd, so i eagerly made my way to the store, and snatched up my co. The way the author of novel explains each and every event in the book in a detailed manner and pays attention to various scenarios often lacks in the case of movies. So, what makes a good booktofilm adaptation, and what does good even mean in this context. Feb 26, 2020 the book thief will be picoults first outing as a co book writer. Although often considered a type of derivative work, film adaptation has been conceptualized recently by academic scholars such as robert stam as a dialogic process a common form of film adaptation is the use of a novel as the basis of a feature film. The book thief is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by australian author markus zusak. Movie adaptations that were nothing like the book simplemost.
Fox 2000 purchased the film rights in 1997, eventually selling them to jonathan demme, who set the project at columbia pictures. Not only are some directed by award winners such as martin scorsese and david fincher, but they are. This book was so popular that by the end of 1719, four editions had already been printed and widely circulated. The number one factor that makes a booktofilm adaptation good is the amount of faithfulness the. Haunted by the book thief november 16, 20 by adaptation podcast in film, podcast, young adult fiction. This is most certainly the case with brian percivals film adaption of markus zusaks novel set in nazi germany. Sep 18, 2018 though many reports have claimed that the ya movie adaptation bonanza has died, the growth of ya as a place for movie inspiration continues. The book thief will be picoults first outing as a cobook writer. I could write page after page of bad book to film adaptations and while that is tempting, it is negative and a bit mean so instead i want to focus on the few i have found which were truly wonderful movies that stay true to the original story. The book thief has its moments of brilliance, thanks in large part to an. Book to movie adaptations youre most excited about. I love when a book is adapted to film and not an exact replica of the book. Sep 27, 2018 book lovers can be the harshest movie critics.
While his latest movie being john malkovich 1999 is in production, screenwriter charlie kaufman is hired by valerie thomas to adapt susan orleans nonfiction book the orchid thief for the screen. Adaptation movie true story the real susan orlean and. Mar 02, 2012 the popular 2007 young adult novel the book thief has gotten a director for its movie adaptation the film will be helmed by downton abbey director brian percival, who directed the. Aug 30, 2017 producers know that people will go to a film based on a popular book, so they decide to make the film whether they have the best intentions on making it accurate. The book thief takes place during the holocaust, a subject seen in many other renowned films, but the beauty of this story comes from the perspective viewers. After some initial resistance she manages to find love for her new family. His newest bestseller, bridge of clay, is a sweeping family saga chronicling the lives of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run on their own rules.
Jess and kendyl have a hard time talking over their emotions in this episode on markus zusaks the book thief, but eventually, they get through the haze and discuss all the lovable characters, intense moments and noncanon predictions. The incredibly unique tale, narrated by death himself, follows. The pros and cons by carolinianweb on august 30, 2017 0. The book thief is a charming, yet unrealistic adaptation the daily. Jun 27, 2014 with a book as beloved as the book thief by markus zusak, an adaptation was always going to be a challenge but an inevitable one. From boxoffice smashes to oscarwinning indie darlings, youll find it all right here. They choose books based on the money they gross and currently young adult books are making the dough. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive german family during the nazi era. Percy jackson and the lightning thief was an epically popular book, and yet the movie was below even the lowest of expectations. This list is your ultimate guide to the ya books made into movies through the end of 2018. Amanda keats with a book as beloved as the book thief by markus zusak, an adaptation was always going to be a challenge but an inevitable one.
Three great works of literature well worth avoiding in these film adaptations if you love the books. Musical adaptation of the book thief to have world. Musical adaptation of the book thief to have world premiere. Jessica herndon ap film critic published friday, november 15, 20 6. I n dark times a story of hope shines the brightest.
Brian percival delivers a quietly effective and engaging adaptation of markus zusaks wwiiset novel. The book thief has wonderful photography by florian ballhaus, an excellent musical score by golden globe and oscar winning john williams schindlers list, et, star wars, and best of all, marvelous acting from sophie nelisse as the young girl, geoffrey rush and emily watson as her adoptive parents, and ben schnetzer as the jewish boy. The book thief, an adaptation of an acclaimed novel by markus zusak, trumpets itself as sharing producers with the film version of yann. The book thief films biggest hurdle was death film. The worlds of film and literature have long been intertwined, each with the ability to open up the other in remarkable ways. Best book to film adaptations for children and teens. Screenwriter charlie kaufman was originally hired to adapt susan orleans novel the orchid thief into a screenplay, however, he struggled with a case of writers block and decided to incorporate that into the script. Some of the biggest movies heading to the screen in 2019 will be literary adaptations, drawn from popular novels, works of nonfiction, and classic spooky stories. Oakes fegley, ansel elgort, nicole kidman, jeffrey wright. Markus zusak is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, the book thief, which is translated into more than forty languages. Dec 04, 2017 so, what makes a good booktofilm adaptation, and what does good even mean in this context. Using death as the storys narrator, the book thief follows the life of liesel meminger, a young german girl who is sent to live with foster parents after her communist mother flees the country during hitlers rise to power.
The book thief and 7 other risky booktomovie adapatations. There is a fine line between a good book adaptation and a poor one. In the late 1990s charlie kaufman was commissioned to write an adaptation of the orchard thief, a nonfiction book by susan orlean. Due to which the expectations set by avid readers from the film is often unfulfilled. Mar 25, 2014 recently, i finally got around to reading my copy of markus zusaks the book thief and i. A film adaptation is the transfer of a work or story, in whole or in part, to a feature film. Dec 07, 2018 fixing pretty little liars by the book. Thomas bought the movie rights before orlean wrote the book, when it. The wolf of wall street by jordan belfort, gone girl by gillian flynn, the book thief by markus zusack, and the monuments men by robert m. The day i finished the book was, coincidentally, the day before its film adaption was released on dvd, so i eagerly made my way to the store, and snatched up my copy. The idea to do a film adaptation of susan orleans the orchid thief dates back to 1994. Its easily become one of my top ten favourite books. And dont think you apprehend the originals with any authority if youve already seen these movies but havent read the books. The film adaptation of markus zusaks 2005 bestselling novel was directed by brian percival and released in november 20.
Thomas bought the movie rights before orlean wrote the book, when it was only an article in the new yorker. Film adaptation of bestseller the book thief a triumph. But the movie about a girl adopted by a german couple during world war ii also crystallizes the perils of book adaptations. With a book as beloved as the book thief by markus zusak, an adaptation was always going to be a challenge but an inevitable one. Looking to dig into a few ya movie adaptations, past or present.796 296 1612 683 378 1312 968 1232 1220 419 574 1033 504 632 1036 1182 338 418 793 422 475 486 1078 27 991 783 396 1087 1118 701 1149 222 1077 732 366 1400 1110 101 1083 762