There are several big films due to come out that are based on books. Books that we have in the library! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Chronicles of Narnia : Prince Caspian , and Iron Man, for example, are all due out this year. But we do have plenty of DVDs already available that are based on books. Some aren’t very good, but some are great. And here are the ten greatest!

  1. Clueless – This is Jane Austen’s Emma, brilliantly transposed to modern (well, mid-90s) LA. Hilaaaarious.
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle – based on the Diana Wynne Jones book of the same name.
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird – based on Lee Harper’s classic book. It is also the 25th best movie ever.
  4. The Colour Purple – based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-prize winning book. You will need a box of tissues.
  5. Hellboy – based on the excellent Hellboy comics. Hellboy II is due out this year! I can’t wait.
  6. Sleepy Hollow – based loosely on Washington Irving’s 1820 tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It stars Johnny Depp and the fabulous Miranda Richardson.
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – this is one of the better Harry Potter films yet, I think; it’s darker, more exciting, and if you had not seen any other of the series you’d still enjoy it.
  8. Lord of the Fliesbased on the novel, this – the 1963 version – is better than the 1990 version. There, I said it!
  9. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – of course.
  10. I, Robot – not a particularly good film, but the book that it’s based on is.