When a novel is produced into a movie, the same debate always develops.
"Which is better, the book or the movie?" Although we at BookSpot
are a little partial to books, this is sometimes a tough question to answer.
To help you explore the question, we have started a list of classic books that have
become classic movies. These brilliantly written books have become movies
worthy of their own rack at the local video store. So don't worry about
which is better. Just make sure you have your library card and your video
store membership card ready.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Written in 1813, Pride and Prejudice was developed into a movie in 1940.
Although none of the all-star cast, including Laurence Olivier, received
an Oscar nomination, the movie did win for Best Art Direction. Find out more
about the movie, awards and cast at the Internet
Movie Database site for Pride and Prejudice. The book itself is still
very popular, along with many of Austen's other novels, including Emma and
Sense and Sensibility (both of which have recently been developed as movies).
Sensibility was released in 1995 and the movie Clueless
has been regarded as a modern day Emma. To learn more about Jane Austen
and her books, checkout the Jane
Austen Homepage, complete with a bulletin board and award page. You
can even read the entire novel online at the Bibliomania
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Still on the bestseller list 100 years after Alcott's death, Little Women
is one of the most popular novels ever written. The story of four sisters
and their mother who manage their home after their father leaves to fight
with the confederate army during the Civil War, Little Women became a movie
in 1933. Katharine Hepburn won best actress for her portrayal of Jo and
the movie was nominated for Best Picture. The IMDB
site for Little Women has even more information on the movie. For more
information on Alcott and her other novels, don't miss The Louisa
May Alcott Web. Little Women can also be read online courtesy of Bibliomania.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
A tough battle, but the book is said to be better than the movie that won
an Oscar for Best Picture in 1939. The movie starred Clark Gable as Rhett
Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. Both Gable and Leigh were nominated
for Best Actor and Actress, but only Leigh was able to take a statue home.
Find more about the cast at the IMBD
site for the movie. Gone With the Wind is one of the most loved
love stories of all time. According to many fans, the book has more interesting
characters than the movie. Mitchell received a Pulitzer Prize for her book
in 1937. And if you really want more on Mitchell, you
can even take a Virtual
Tour of her home where she wrote Gone With the Wind. (But be prepared
to download a plug-in in order to see it).
Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
The movie was made soon after the book that was published in 1958. In 1961,
Audrey Hepburn played the part of Holly Golightly and was nominated for
Best Actress. Although Hepburn didn't win, the movie did win two Oscars
for Henry Mancini's music and score. The story of a high-priced call girl
that believes "you can make yourself love anybody" was written
after Capote's other major success, In Cold Blood. To find out more about
Capote, check out a Web site devoted to him, Truman
Capote, and also Breakfast
at Tiffany's: The Novel.
Father of the Bride by Edward Streeter
This popular book written by Streeter was originally made into a movie and
nominated for Best Picture in 1950 . In its 1991 re-make, Steve Martin replaced
Spencer Tracy as the run-down dad who struggles with the ills and bills
of his daughters wedding. Streeter's story was also developed into a television
series in 1961. In 1995, Father of the Bride Part II was released starring Martin once again. For more information on all three of these movies,
check out the IMDB
site for Father of the Bride. Streeter was able to publish two popular books,
Father of the Bride and Dere Mabel, while still maintaining a successful
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
The popular and controversial writer's work was made into a movie in 1944
and nominated for Best Picture. The movie starred Ingrid Bergman as Maria
and Gary Cooper as Robert Jordan. To find out more about these stars and
the movie, check out the IMDB
site for Whom the Bell Tolls. This Ernest
Hemingway page is filled with good links to more Hemingway information.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Although this film wasn't nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, it did
have and all-star cast, including Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana
Turner. Learn more about them and the movie at IMDB
site for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Stevenson's book, about a man who believes
that good and evil exists in everyone and experiments to find them both,
has inspired more than 10 movies and television programs. The Nutty Professor,
released in 1963 starring Jerry Lewis and in 1996 starring Eddie Murphy,
are two modern day versions of Stevenson's plot. You can read Stevenson's
original story online courtesy of Bibiomania.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
This popular novel by Melville was a perfect fit for the big screen. Released
in 1956 starring Gregory Peck, the story of Ahab and his obsession for
the whale that took his leg wasn't nominated for any awards, but is still
considered a classic movie by all standards. To find out more about the
movie that inspired Jaws, check out the IMDB
site for Moby Dick. Thanks to the University
of Virginia, you can read the entire novel without leaving your computer.
You can also learn about The
Life and Works of Herman Melville with this page devoted entirely to
Lucky you! A list of classics that you don't even have to read. Just run
down to your local video store and rent a classic today. But remember, despite
all the awards these movies won, the book is always better.