Day 4: My favourite book to film adaptation

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Clueless (1995)

I didn’t know that I’d end up with two Austen adaptations from 1995 in a row. This sublime comedy by the under-rated Amy Heckerling takes Austen’s novel Emma and deposits it in 1990s Hollywood. The dialogue is sharp and funny and regularly quoted in my household – “She could be a farmer in those clothes.” It’s the only Emma version I have seen where I thoroughly like the heroine and Alicia Silverstone is at her best as spoiled but well-meaning rich girl Cher. I feel sad every time I watch it at the loss at the young age of 32 of Brittany Murphy, who plays Tai.

What’s your favourite book to film adaptation? Is it a book you loved first or one you’ve never read?


Posted as part of the 30-Day Fillums Challenge, created by me. If you want to see what’s coming up, have a look at my post here and feel free to join in by commenting each day with your own choice.

Coming Next: Day 5: The first film you saw at a cinema

One thought on “Day 4: My favourite book to film adaptation

  1. I agree with everyone’s choices. Especially Lord of the Rings due to the magnitude and expense of the films. My pick today is another Jane Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. Although I may have been influenced by Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy🤣

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