While most cinephiles with a literary obsession will tell you "the book was better," sometimes the movie camera and the printing press stand shoulder to shoulder in their abilities to convey the written word. It's not exactly a rare feat, but it's less often than you think that a movie can give you the same message and/or thrills that an original novel can, but when it does, it's truly a thing of alchemy. But which film-based adaptations rank as the best of the best?
Well, in the case of the British population, there are 10 films that take right after their bookish equivalents. The Independent sampled 2,000 movie going Britons, and out of that sample, 10 films are the obvious heavy hitters. The top spot on this list is occupied by a 32% result, which sounds like this list is full of stiff competition if you ask us. But don't take our word for it. See the list for yourself, and let us know if you agree with the top 10 book-to-film adaptations, according to the British population.
10. Forrest Gump
If life is like a box of chocolates, then Forrest Gump is the candy you eat first in a box of really good confections. With Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks telling the story of a man not graced with stereotypical intelligence, but still wise beyond his years, it's hard not to see this movie as pure gold. Of course, if the book's author Winston Groom were asked the same question, he'd undoubtedly leave this film off this list altogether.
9. The Hobbit
If you want to know what type of a list this is, The Hobbit managed to make it into the Top 10. While the trilogy of films is the weaker of the two sagas from the pen of J.R.R. Tolkien, the films by Peter Jackson do manage to recapture some of the magic that ran through the pages of the relatively short tome. Just pretend The Desolation Of Smaug didn't happen, and you should be fine with this result.
8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The confusion of which version of Roald Dahl's infinitely witty children's book is the better cinematic experience might seem like a no-brainer to most fans. However, while Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory has Gene Wilder's lovable madman and the more memorable songs, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory maintained some of Dahl's darker tones, and in a more modern setting. The poll in the Independent says Charlie, but in our hearts, we know folks had to have been thinking of the 1971 classic when they submitted their result, so advantage Wilder. Right? Right?!