Friday, September 28, 2012

Can a Movie Adaptation be as Good as the Book?

The Cast of Enchanted April (1992)
The more I watch movies that are adapted from books, the more I see the two as completely different art forms evoking different kinds of pleasure.

During my recent flight to Berlin, I decided to read, Enchanted April, Elizabeth von Arnim's 1922 novel (available for free on Project Gutenberg) about the trans-formative power of travel, and rediscovering love and hope. The 1992 film version is a favorite of mine, and I was curious to see how the novel would compare. Not surprisingly, the novel is just as clever, just as funny, and just as insightful as the movie. Although faithful to the book, the film makes a few changes to the story that, in my view, enhance the story's character development and magical quality. Enchanted April is one of those rare examples of where the movie and the book are both enjoyable on their own terms. 

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