Earlier this week, Girish asked for your favorite literary adpatations and your reasons for liking them. Like Girish, I’m not a fan of films that slavishly imitate the book’s narrative, realizing in pictorial form what I’ve already read. Instead, I prefer films that borrow creatively from a written source, including those that offer compelling reinterpretations of the prior material. In that regard, Kubrick’s take on The Shining is compelling in part because of its departure from King’s novel. Altman’s Short Cuts, one of my favorite adaptations, fascinates because of its clever weaving of Raymond Carver’s stories as well as Altman’s inspired decision to move the stories from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles.
Adaptations of graphic novels complicate this question to some extent. In Marc’s comment to my previous entry, he notes the “deceptively sophisticated negotiation of gap filling strategies and linkings” required by the best graphic novels. I think that many filmic adaptations of graphic novels end up falling flat because they underestimate this sophistication by merely adding motion to the graphic novel’s images, sometimes treating images from the novels as nothing more than rough storyboards. So here’s my question: what are your favorite adaptations of graphic novels? Or better, least favorite adaptations? And why?