Organized by The Guardian, a panel of experts (though the article doesn't say who these experts are or what their qualifications are) came up with the longlist below, which will be voted on by the general public. The winner will be revealed at the Guardian Hay literary festival at the end of May.
Here's what the so-called experts came up with:
According to The Guardian's film editor, who was on the panel, "There was some vigorous debate." What? Book nerds and movie nerds getting pissy about a "best of" list? You don't say.
1984This list caused me a few surprises. No Howard's End? No Lord of the Rings? And I didn't know The Railway Children (written by one of my favourite children's authors, E. Nesbit) had been made into a movie. Can any of you tip me off as to its quality? And speaking of quality... er, Get Shorty? It made the cut?
Alice in Wonderland
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
A Clockwork Orange
Close Range (inc Brokeback Mountain)
The Day of the Triffids
Devil in a Blue Dress
Different Seasons (inc The Shawshank Redemption)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (aka Bladerunner)
Empire of the Sun
The English Patient
The French Lieutenant's Woman
Heart of Darkness (aka Apocalypse Now)
The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Jungle Book
A Kestrel for a Knave (aka Kes)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Lord of the Flies
The Maltese Falcon
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Pride and Prejudice
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The Railway Children
The Remains of the Day
Schindler's Ark (aka Schindler's List)
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Talented Mr Ripley
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
To Kill a Mockingbird
The old-timers among you may remember back when I published my own list of the best film adaptations last November. Let's dig into the vault and see how my (much shorter) list compares to The Guardian's.
Howard's End - The "experts" passed it over. Boo!I added Adaptation in the comments section as soon as I realized that I'd foolishly forgotten it, not that it matters. It didn't make The Guardian's list, either (though that might have more to do with the fact that it's based on a non-fiction book, and therefore doesn't fit the criteria for the selection committee).
Jaws - Made the list.
The Shining - Denied!
Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Again denied! (I'm assuming that when the list refers to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, they mean the recent version starring Johnny Depp.)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Guess what? Denied!
Clueless - You guessed it. Denied.
So only one of my picks made the list. Tell me, book and movie nerds: who sucks? Me? Or The Guardian? Or possibly both, but then where does that leave us?
(Mondo ups to Karen for the link. She knows everything before I do, which is why I love visiting her site every day. If you love books, music, gadgets, food, lists, and funny stories, I recommend you do the same. No, no, no... thank me later.)