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My least favorite film adaptation was Ender's Game. The book by Orson Scott Card is a Sci-Fi classic that won the Hugo Award. The film was a dud. I had such high expectations.

One of my favorite adaptations is The Wheel of Time series on Amazon Prime Video. While it is not 100% accurate with the books, it is done very well and keeps the spirit of the original story. The book series is lengthy (14,000+ pages) so some creative editing is necessary.

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Nov 8, 2023Liked by Kate Jones

Great summary. I love the book The Appeal which is written, in the main, by email correspondence.

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Nov 7, 2023Liked by Kate Jones

I agree with your opinion of "The Hours" adaptation. One of my favorite adaptations of all time is Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility."

A few others are: BBC's 1995 "Pride and Prejudice"; "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; BBC's 2005 series "Bleak House."

As far as adaptations I haven't enjoyed... While I grew up on Kenneth Branagh's early film work (particularly those superb offerings co-created with Emma Thompson), and enjoyed his approach to the character Kurt Wallander, I have to say I am not a fan of his Agatha Christie adaptations. I don't think I've managed to watch any of them through to the end. I don't expect a purist's level of devotion to adapting any of Christie's work--I enjoyed Sarah Phelp's spin on "Ordeal by Innocence." Although, I know many other people didn't. I do expect to perceive a certain resonance with the source material that I don't find in Branagh's Poirot. David Suchet remains the one and only actor to embody Hercule Poirot. The only upside of Branagh's adaptations is that they may entice younger readers to pick up her novels, gaining her another generation of new readers.

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