5 Ultimate Literary Adaptations

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To celebrate the DVD and Digital release of Doctor Thorne, the latest silver screen adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s literary collection, we’re giving you our top 5 literary movie adaptations of all times.  Doctor Thorn, directed by Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes, is a period piece about love, social status and wealth that is sure to fill even the most avid Downton Abbey fan’s FOMO. Sit back, relax and grab the popcorn, it’s time to watch the top 5 literary adaptations.

Wuthering Heights (1939)

Eight-time Academy Award nominated, Wuthering Heights, tells the passionate love story between Catherine and Heathcliff, two unlikely lovers. The movie is filled with intense passion, love and desire. How do we choose who to love? Is it based off desire, or what we are told is right?

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Keira Knightley stars as Elizabeth Bennet in this period classic by Jane Austen about marriage, social class and education. When a wealthy bachelor, Mr. Darcy, rents a nearby mansion for the summer, the Bennet’s frantically try and make one of their five daughters his wife. But when Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy, a sparing battle of the minds is unleashed. What’s the way to a man’s heart? We’re still figuring it out, but in this case, his mind.

Jane Eyre (2011) 

Set in the 19th century, Jane Eyre tells the powerful story of heartache, loss and love. When Jane starts falling in love with Mr. Rochester, the master of the house, she discovers that he has a terrible secret. Will she accept it or run away? Watch to find out!

Great Expectations (2013)

Unexpected privilege turns into unexpected love in this literary classic. Secrets, forbidden love, and social status surround the story of Pip and Estella. Pip is hiding a large secret that could turn his world upside-down. Will everyone in his life find out his secret or will he be able to keep his cover?


The Great Gatsby (2013)

This 1920’s period classic, staring Leonardo Dicaprio tells the story of Jay Gatsby, and the woman he is forever pining for, Daisy Buchanan. With strong themes of prohibition, love, regret and lust, this movie will make you smile and cry over and over again. Gatsby will keep you thinking,  why does doing the wrong thing sometimes feel so right?

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.


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