Kathryn Stockett's 6 Favorite Literary Adaptations

Kathryn Stockett
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When I read the book, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I think they were smart to cast someone who looked a little bit older than Lolita was in the book, because it would be creepy if you saw someone who looked so young being pawed at.'

The Color Purple

“The book is a work of art, and how they were able to spin that into a movie is incredible. And Oprah was just on the cusp of being who she is now.”

The Green Mile

“I don’t think a lot of people know that it was a book by Stephen King. In the book, the crazy guy, ‘Wild Bill,’ played by Sam Rockwell, was really mean, but the fact that they were able to also angle him as funny in the movie really helped lighten up a very dramatic story. Gosh, I bawl my eyes out every time I watch it.”

Miss Firecracker

“It’s actually a play written by Beth Henley, who’s from Mississippi, and I love her plays and have studied her work. It was ridiculously funny. You just see Holly Hunter totally reaching the edge. It reminded me of the pageantry of life.”

The Cider House Rules

“What a monster that must have been to tackle as a screenwriter ... Charlize Theron was so beautiful and uninhibited about her body. There’s a scene where she’s lying on a cot in the cider house, and it was lovely. I really wanted Tobey Maguire to get laid!”

Postcards From The Edge

“I think about how hard it must have been for Carrie Fisher not just to put so much of her own life on the page, but then watch it again on the screen. And to cast Meryl Streep as yourself? That would be just fantastic. She would play your own life better than you.”