“Legendary movies” from books

Did you miss our books-made-into-movies display here at the library? Fear not: the good people at Kirkus have compiled a list of ten books that became “legendary” movies. Their list includes The Godfather and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, among others. (Scroll all the way to the end to read the discussion in the comments: some lobby for their favorites, some debate the use of the word “legendary.”)

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Take a look at their list. What did they omit? What would you add? I’m thinking that The Princess Bride and High Fidelity deserve to be included, as well as the teen cult classic, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. (Come to think of it, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter movies weren’t half-bad either…is Hollywood even writing original screenplays anymore? It seems like more and more movies these days are based on books.)

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highfidelity_movieprincessbride_moviehungergames_movieharrypotter_movieWhat other books-to-movies deserve to be on this list? What makes a book or movie legendary? Is the movie ever better than the book?

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