Friday, May 10, 2013

Best Canadian Book TV/Movie Adaptations- Results

Well, try as I might, the first Weekly Book Question didn't warrant enough results to get a top 10 like I'd hoped. When asked "What has been the best small or big screen adaptation of a Canadian book?" I was able to get over ten responses, but not enough to have anything more than a 3 way tie for 1st place and an 8 way tie for 2nd (i.e., one vote a piece). That's okay, still worthy of some discussion. First here are the three top vote getters:

1. Anne of Green Gables- Perhaps the least surprising of the lot, but I'd agree that this Lucy Maud Montgomery adaptation was a classic. CBC really pulled off something great with this one. They tried and tried to recapture that with so many similarly styled movies and TV shows, but nothing compared to the original. Then, the source material was far superior too. And how about those amazing performances by Megan Follows and Colleen Dewhurst:

 2. The Hockey Sweater- This one and The Log Driver's Waltz were the best things the National Film Board ever produced, at least in my nostalgically-biased mind. I suspect the film had as much to do with getting a quote on our five dollar bill (not the new one) as did Roch Carrier's original book. As Barbara Bruederlin put it with her vote last week "utterly charming":

3. Inspector Murdoch Mysteries- (I'm told to specify that the votes were for the TV movies, not the series. This one was a bit of a surprise to me. I'd not heard of the movie, the TV show, or even the books by Maureen Jennings.

Other honourable mentions:
- Random Passage (Bernice Morgan), CBC miniseries
- The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje), Movie
- Life of Pi (Yann Martel), Movie
- Hard Core Logo (Michael Turner), Movie
- Margaret's Museum (Sheldon Currie, based on The Glace Bay Miners' Museum)
- Away From Her (Alice Munro), Movie
- Incendies (Wajdi Mouawad), Movie


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That was an interesting exercise! We are a nostalgic lot, aren't we?

Carrie K said...

Trick question! There are no good adaptions of books.

I know, I know. Curmudgeon Carrie. But they always ruin something in the movie.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: I don't know, it's a pretty good mix of old and new!

Carrie: For the most part I agree but there are a rare few cases that I actually liked the movie more (Dracula and Lord of the Rings both come to mind).

raidergirl3 said...

Margaret's Museum based on the novel, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, by Sheldon Currie. I didn't give enough information before.

My sister loves the Murdoch Mysteries, but I think she is watching the TV series, not the movies. I've been meaning to look into the books.

Are we supposed to just nominate one example, or can we mention several? If we can each name more (say, up to 3) then we could generate a bigger/better list.

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: Great idea about nominating more than one. I'll weight responses and have people pick 3. And thanks for filling in the blank about Margaret's Museum. Google wasn't helping!