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TOP BOOK-TO-MOVIE ADAPTATION
Here at my top adaptations that I believe made the book even better.
Little Women (1933)
Katherine Hepburn gave us the most overly confident and boyish Jo March that I have seen in any of the remakes. And Amy didn't fall far behind. Joan Bennett played Amy to perfection despite being 23 at the time, and pregnant.
The Shining (1980)
Praise Stanley Kubrick for changing the ending of the book. I never reveal endings (because spoils aren't fun) but if you've seen the film and read the book let me know which ending you preferred.
All the Potter Movies (2001-2011)
They did not change much of the story making them a perfect adaptation. The producer first marked the project as low-priority and set it aside. Tsk, tsk, tsk ... glad he gave it a second thought.
My Sister's Keeper (2009)
Sorry Jodi Picoult, but the movie ending did not make me scream out of rage like the one in the book. In fact, this one made me cry.