Book to Screen

The BookThe Adaptation
The Plague by Albert Camus. Originally published in 1947 as La Peste. Penguin Blog post here.
“There have been as many plagues in the world as there has been wars, yet plagues and wars always find people equally unprepared.” quote from the book.
The Plague (1992), film written and directed by Luis Puenzo, starring William Hurt, Sandrine Bonnaire, Robert Duvall and Raul Julia.
Dune by Frank Herbert.
First published 1965. Macmillan
Blog post here.
“A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” – quote from the book.
Dune (1984), film written and directed by David Lynch, starring Kyle MacLachlan, José Ferrer, Francesca Annis and more.
Dune (2000) three-part television miniseries written and directed by John Harrison, starring Alec Newman, William Hurt , and Saskia Reeves.
Dune (2021) film directed by Denis Villeneuve, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
First published 1925. Published 2010 Penguin Classics.
Blog post here.
“There was music from my neighbour’s house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars. At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach…” – quote from the book.
The Great Gatsby (1926), film directed by Herbert Brenon, starring Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell.
The Great Gatsby (1949), film directed by Elliott Nugen, starring Alan Ladd, Betty Field, and Macdonald Carey.
The Great Gatsby (1974), film directed by Jack Clayton, starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Sam Waterston.
The Great Gatsby (2013), film directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Celia Owens (2018) Penguin Random House | Hachette
Blog post here.
“..way out yonder where the crawdads sing … Just means far in the bush where critters are wild, still behaving like critters.” – quote from the book.
Where the Crawdads Sing (2022), film directed by Olivia Newman, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, Harris Dickinson, Michael Hyatt, Sterling Macer, Jr., and David Strathairn.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (2017)
Harper Collins Blog post here.
“Pachinko was a foolish game, but life was not.” – quote from the book.
Pachinko (2022), television series directed by Kogonada and Justin Chon, starring Youn Yuh-jung, Lee Min-ho, Kim Min-ha and Jin Ha.
Our Sunshine by Robert Drewe (1991)
Also published as “Ned Kelly” (2003) Penguin Blog post here.
“There I am pointing the bloody gun and giving the orders. Here I am looking into the worst fears realised in those clerkish eyes. There I am – hello! – suddenly the man in charge of Death and Money.” – quote from the book.
Ned Kelly (2003), film based on Robert Drewe’s 1991 novel Our Sunshine, directed by Gregor Jordan, starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts and Geoffrey Rush.

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