If you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?
Is it wrong that my initial reaction was “it’s called Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings” and the second one was “it’s called Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes“? Both adaptations capture pretty much what I love about both books, all the while deftly adapting what needs to be changed for a visual medium. But, to be totally fair, Jackson’s treatment of Éowyn (I like to call her Éowyn Skywalker!) and Faramir were not wholly true to the book, although I found his interpretations to be quite good—but they were different. Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, manages to capture Holmes’ general insanity, Watson’s dignity, Irene’s… awesome, and the general devil-may-care approach to canon I’ve been told happens in the later collections. But then again, it’s a new story, so that probably shouldn’t count.
I think I’d have to go with Shades of Milk and Honey. The Austen television and film adaptation is just as iconic as her writing style nowadays, so I think the genre-blending fun of Shades of Milk and Honey would adapt well to the screen, as would the magic style, since it’s mostly visual. And the story itself is fairly straight forward and compact.