No More Usual Suspects
With autumn comes news that we’ll shortly have a new slew of literary adaptations in our cinemas – good, it’s about time more books were adapted into films. What will we get, China Mieville’s ‘The City And The City’, JG Ballard’s ‘The Drowned World’ or perhaps something a bit more obscure – Alexander Baron’s ‘King Dido’?
No, it’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Jane Eyre’ and lots more ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Year in, year out the same old Mills & Boon romances and ‘classics’ arrive. What we forget is that when they were written, other books were popular in the same period too, often from the same authors. Why can’t we have good stories that haven’t been told? I don’t want another kick-ass Sherlock Holmes, a comedy Dracula, a post-modern Robin Hood or a tap-dancing Frankenstein, what I’d like is to see a fairly unfamiliar novel filmed in a way that’s true to its original intentions, undistilled and properly done.
But that wouldn’t be a brand, and the brand is now king. The ‘exciting and innovative’ news is that ‘Wuthering Heights’ has been shot with a hand-held camera – how daring!