If my posts on Petrona seem disjointed, that’s because they are. It is an exception to sit down and write one uninterrupted from beginning to end. The previous one was interrupted by the need to go and collect Cathy from a friend’s house. The one before that had Jenny’s tea made in the middle of it. And so it goes. I need to go and do something else now so do not have the time to write any sensible thoughts about movies made from books, so I’ll just link to this post about it. According to to Alex Diaz-Granados, author of: From page to screen: 10 of the best films made from novels, the cream of the crop are (10) From Here to Eternity, Jurassic Park, Die Hard (?!), Schindler’s List, Stand By Me, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, The Enemy Below (?), The Hunt for Red October (I have not seen this but do know it has Viggo in it — even so, ???) and (1) Jaws.
Plenty to argue about there, I submit. And at least The Godfather isn’t on the list. But I think very few of these movies would make it onto any list I tried to make. Harry Potter 4 was a reasonable stab at the book, if rather brisk and breathless. The Lord of the Rings movies (extended editions) are sublime. And what of the classics such as Far From the Madding Crowd or more recent varieties like Pride and Prejudice? If you had to choose a Stephen King book-turned-movie, what of Shawshank Redemption or Carrie? As usual with these lists, one could go on for ever.