When I saw the film, I was able to see the novel brought to life. Of course, that is about characterisation. (Don't we hate it when a favourite book is made into film and you HATE the choice of the main character, especially. I'm thinking of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher -- pullease!)
The choices for the main characters in GWTW were spot on. Who else but Vivian Leigh could be Scarlett O'Hara? Can you imagine? (Although I remember reading in a film magazine that she wasn't the first choice. I forget who the original choice was, but thankfully Vivian got the part.) And Rhett Butler just had to be Clark Gable. And Mammie, Ashley Wilkes, Melanie. Obviously the parts were chosen carefully. Great choice of characters, coupled with magnificent cinematography for the time, plus the amazing story which pretty much followed the novel's storyline -- all combined to make GWTW a standout experience, both viewing and reading.
- What is your favourite novel to film -- or do you have a favourite novel where you think the film murders the book?