Books and Films
A recent review of book The Thorn Birds led me to wonder about which is more powerful: the book or the movie/film. I’ve not read The Thorn Birds but was an avid watcher of the TV series as a teenager. Part of me is tempted to read the book, but the other part of me is reluctant…
I love The Thorn Birds. After reading this review I am going to read it again [and maybe again!] https://t.co/47mM67cttW
— Robbie Cheadle (@bakeandwrite) 12 December 2016
I have similar feelings about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday and A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, both of which I saw on the big screen.
On the flip-side, having read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton and Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, I don’t particularly want to watch the film as it’s bound to be a disappointment.
One book which I enjoyed reading after I’d watched the film (and which happens to be one of my favourite films of all times) is The African Queen by CS Forester. Did you know there were four versions of this book all written by Forester himself? Why is this? Did CS Forester’s dislike of film version, thinking it would be a flop, influence the success of the film? How many of the other authors were consulted in the making of the film version? I’m sure there’s a film/literary student out there who can, if they haven’t already, investigate the link between powerful books turned into films and whether the latter are successful or not.
Now as a publisher and historian, I look at books with a different eye and of those TSL has published, I could see a few of ours making their way into film rather successfully. These are:
John Samson: Powerless
Anna Ryland: A Second Chance
Maya Alexandri: The Celebration Husband
Leslie Tate: Heaven’s Rage
For the true story behind The African Queen, ie the First World War part, see The Lake Tanganyika Expedition 1914-1917: A primary source chronology
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