Another book to movie adaptation I really like is the 1999 remake of Mansfield Park that stars Frances O'Connor as Fanny Price. There were a whole lot of plot changes in that movie from the book--one of the biggest change being the character of Fanny. The Fanny in that movie was vivacious and assertive unlike Austen's Fanny who was submissive and weak in constitution. I read somewhere that the Fanny in that movie is the Fanny we wished she was in the book and I agree. Austen purists might throw rotten tomatoes at me for this but I think this is a good example that not all plot or character changes Hollywood makes is bad. The reason I love this movie and can watch it over and over without tiring from it is because Fanny finally stands up for her self.
Don't get me wrong! I'm not defending or absolving Hollywood from all book to film adaptations it has done because they had (and will continue to) done some very BAD ones. I will never forgive them for butchering Ella Enchanted. I screamed and wept when I saw what they did! They should've titled that rotten potatoes of a movie something else because all they kept was the main characters' names! I could list many more books to movies they got wrong but the book Ella Enchanted was a personal favorite so that movie disappointed me the most.
I can list more movies based on books I liked well enough but with the late hour I won't. What feature film based on a book are your favorites? Or least favorite? I'd love to know! :)