This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is adaptations of classic literature that cannot include poems or plays. I think this is the hardest one I've had yet. I was trying to pick ones that I read the book, and saw the film. I liked Anna Karenina, but never read the book. I like Les Miserables, but I prefer the play version. Great Expectations was slightly better than the book, but I'd never watch it again. So I decided to go a different route this week and let the hate flow through me. Here's 3 Classic Lit movies that I cannot stand:
1) Lord of the Flies
So this book was terrible to begin with, but where the hell did they find these child actors? I know it was 1963 but they were all awful. This movie kind of falls under the "unintentionally hilarious" category because the film makers obviously didn't try very hard.
2) Moby Dick
I was so proud of myself in high school for getting through this book. For some reason, it felt important to me. You want to know what a bunch of really talented actors phoning in performances look like? Then take a look at 1956's Moby Dick.
3) The Scarlet Letter
Does anyone actually like this book? This is the book that makes high school students hate reading. It's terrible, and my teacher specifically put questions on his quizzes that you couldn't find the answer to on Spark Notes. What a DICK. Anyways, he inexplicably had us watch the 1995 version of this movie, despite the older ones probably being a lot less sexual. (The year before, I had a teacher that went to great lengths to try to fast forward through the sex scenes during Romeo and Juliet only to hit "play" too early and give us a shot of some big ol' double D's. Because God forbid you see these things in grade 9.) Thinking about this movie now makes me embarrassed for the great Gary Oldman. This film was so melodramatic.