This week I began adapting a work of literary fiction. It got me to thinking about films that were made from books I enjoyed. For me and many others, To Kill a Mockingbird is a great example of a popular book that was beautifully adapted by Horton Foote. Another great adaption of a book was the 1971 film The Last Picture Show, which was from a novel by Larry McMurtry. I loved the book and thought the film also did a brilliant job retaining the novel’s essential elements. Since the original author also adapted the script, that may explain a lot. In the case of my favorite novel The Great Gatsby, I’m not too fond of the three versions of the film I’ve seen. Other film adaptions that were big disappointments were Dune, Ironweed and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What are some of your favorite hits and misses?