What are your thought on adaptations of classics? Say mini-series or movies? Or maybe modern approaches? Are there any good ones? Is it better to read the book first? Or maybe just compare the book and the adaptation?This is a good question. *rubs hands together* Personally, I love adaptations of classics, no matter their form. And I really like modern approaches, too; I think they prove the timelessness of the stories.
As far as comparing the book and the adaptation, I'm in the camp of not going too far with it. Certainly it's fun to see how the actors' and directors' interpretations compared with your own, and what they decided to include and exclude from the adaptation. With modern adaptations, of course, you want to see how they modernize the events and characters from the book. But I try not to think about it too hard...otherwise I start thinking along the lines of, "They'd BETTER keep in that particular obscure line that I just so happen to love OR ELSE" and I miss the entire point of the adaptation. If film adaptations were meant to be exactly like the book, then there would be no point in having them. (Also, it's simply impossible because it's a different medium, so we might as well give up on that.) And when the filmmakers take certain creative liberties that I would never have considered, I try not to be too judgmental. (I even watched "Lost in Austen" in its entirety the other day and managed to keep an open mind, which was no small feat considering how completely unrecognizable the P&P characters were. Bingley becoming a drunk and running away with Lydia? Georgiana a liar and Wickham a sort-of good guy?? Sorry, I've said too much.) I like seeing different interpretations, and no matter how random they are, they can't make the book itself any worse.
Anyway, this is getting to be a little too long, but I love adaptations. What do you think?