Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Five Amazing Adaptations - Book into Film

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (adapted from a book by J K Rowling)

Wizard Newt Scamander arrives in New York City where he encounters Mary Lou Barebone, a 'muggle' who heads the New Salem Philanthropic Society. Members of this organisation believe that witches and wizards are real and that they pose a threat to humanity. Whilst listening to one of her talks, a Niffler escapes from Newt's bag. This creates all sorts of complications because magical creatures are prohibited in the United States.


The Jungle Book (adapted from a book by Rudyard Kipling)

Mowgli has been living with a pack of wolves ever since he was found by Bagheera the panther. He learns the way of the wolves and the laws of the jungle but still finds it difficult to fully integrate. To make matters worse, Shere Khan the tiger is on the prowl and wants to kill Mowgli. This forces the young boy to leave his pack and Bagheera agrees to accompany him to a nearby village.

The BFG (adapted from a book by Roald Dahl)

Sophie is a ten year old orphan who suffers from insomnia. She stays up all night reading but at the witching hour she sees a giant roaming the streets of London. The giant abducts her and takes her to Giant Country where he tells her that she has to spend the rest of her life with him because he cannot run the risk of her telling everyone about the existence of giants. Sophie realises that there are other giants besides this one and that they're not friendly at all.

And for the older readers:

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (adapted from a book by Ransom Riggs)

Abe Portman told innumerable stories to his grandson Jake about "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children", a place where he used to stay during World War II. Jake is traumatised when his grandfather is murdered by a mysterious creature. Psychiatrist Dr Nancy Goldman suggests that he travel to the island of Cairnholm with his father Frank, in order to investigate the children's home and to find some closure.

A Street Cat Named Bob (adapted from a book by James Bowen)

James Bowen is a homeless and recovering addict who is going through a very bad patch. His social worker helps him find a flat and build a new life. However his busking in Covent Garden doesn't guarantee him the income he'd expected and he starts losing hope. His luck changes when he finds a stray ginger cat in his kitchen. From then on the lives of James and his cat Bob become intertwined.