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Added 446 days ago. 16 November 2021

Do you love seeing your favourite characters brought to life on the big screen? Relive the classics with these most recent literary adaptations.

There's no better way to let the hours pass by than getting your nose stuck into a good book and feeling seamlessly transported to another, fictional world. We're sure many of these classics had that same effect on you when reading them for the first time, so what better way to relive the magic than by watching their literary adaptations on the big screen? We look at some of the best book to film adaptations:

1. Pride and Prejudice

The subject of many adaptations over the years from the 1940 film starring Laurence Olivier as Mr Darcy to the more recent 2005 film starring Keira Knightly as the spirited Elizabeth Bennett. And who can forget Colin Firth and the quintessential Mr Darcy in the BBC series released back in 1995. The timeless story of overcoming misunderstandings to find love has been a favourite since Jane Austen wrote it back in 1813. 


2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

​Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The children’s classic by Roald Dahl has been put on the big screen on a few memorable occasions, who can forget the great songs like Candyman from the 1971 version with Gene Wilder to the more recent 2005 version with updated music and some very funny Oompa Lumpa appearances. 

3. Little Women

Many versions have been made of Louisa May Alcott’s cherished American classic the 2019 version from Grea Gerwig will see you fall in love with the March sisters all over again. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep, this latest adaptation focuses on the characters as adults, shaking up the classic chronology to give a completely fresh take on the family chronicle.

4. David Copperfield

Based on the 1850s Victorian novel, The Personal History of David Copperfield puts an uplifting new spin on Charles Dicken’s classic tale. Starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton, audiences follow the chronicle of David Copperfield’s life from infancy to adulthood, through kindness and wickedness, poverty and riches as he chases down love, friendship and the dream of being a writer.

5. Death on the Nile 

The Agatha Christie favourite featuring the great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot has had many incarnations from the 1978 film with Peter Ustinov to the series starring David Suchet who is the enduring face of Poirot for recent generations. More recently a 2022 version starring Kenneth Branagh as the charismatic detective find him travelling down the Nile with a star studded cast to find the murderer who cuts short a young couple’s honeymoon.

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