I want everything to be a 5-hour BBC miniseries. Those are the best book adaptations and I don’t imagine their budgets are that large.
Oh, the BBC* are definitely my gold standard when it comes to adaptations, and you can bet that they’re not brokering in Hollywood-magnitude budgets. For my very favorite adaptations, I think that they’re successful not only because great care has been taken with what has been excised, but there is also room for a skilled writer/director to bridge gaps in the book or otherwise add new material. Not to mention that the characterization, especially of ensemble casts, tends to be handled well. Back in the day, I pretty much just had the BBC Pride and Prejudice and Wives and Daughters in constant rotation, but I’ve loved a lot of the recent Dickens adaptations as well.
*I do have favorite adaptations done by non-BBC British production companies, but my favorites do truly tend to be from the BBC.
- pearlofkatniss said: Oh absolutely, and I think the writers have a great appreciation for the source material’s language, which is great, because why do a book adaptation if you’re going to change/water-down half the dialogue? (Love your rotation & have to add in North and South).
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