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Reader's Corner--Classic Books into Film

July 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM by Cathy Polovina

CLASSIC NOVELS INTO FILM: Ever wonder why PBS and feature filmmakers remake the same “classic” novels into movies over and over?  It’s because they’re great stories—open to endless retelling and reinterpretation. 

Here are some of the best for reading and/or watching:

  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS  by Charles Dickens.  Pip the orphan, the elusive Estella and the perpetual bride-in-waiting, Miss Havisham invite you to indulge in this most classic of Dicken’s classics.
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy. Bold heroine Bathsheba Everdene learns about love and loyalty in her relations with three very different suitors—a dashing soldier, a wealthy landowner, and a patient sheep farmer.
  • JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte. This one has been made into a film so many times, just read the book already!
  • THE FORSYTHE SAGA by John Galsworthy.  Made into PBS mini-series twice, this is a grand tome of a family through time that exceeds “Downton Abbey” or “Upstairs, Downstairs”.
  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The original book and its sequels follow Anne Shirley from an awkward orphan to a teacher, writer, wife and mother, in one of the best young people’s series of all time.  NOT just for kids!