From Screen To Book:Books based off of Sullivan Entertainment productions
We all know about book to screen adaptations, but what about screen to book? When I was a child I was obsessed with a book adaptation of the 20th Century Fox film “Anastasia”, and I’ve been intrigued by screen to book adaptations ever since. Sullivan Entertainment has done a number of these adaptations for the Anne films, Road to Avonlea and Wind at My Back. Here are some that stand out:
After the film was made in 2008, pulling from various sources (including L.M. Montgomery’s Journals) Kevin Sullivan published a book adaptation. It’s a fun read, especially if you go into it for the story and not just off the fact that it’s based off of an Anne film.
This book, first published as a paperback novel and now available as an ebook, is an adaptation of the Road to Avonlea Season Two episode “Aunt Hetty’s Ordeal”, where Hetty sets about the task of educating Gus Pike. Of episode based books, this is probably my second favourite!
This book is based off the season three episode, “The Ties That Bind”, which is of course when Olivia and Jasper get married. This is rated as one of the top ten episodes of Road to Avonlea, so to be able to read a written interpretation is just wonderful.
Like the Road to Avonlea books, the Wind at My Back books were first published as paperback novels and are now available as ebooks. The episode, which this particular book is based off of, is one of the saddest episodes of the five seasons of Wind at My Back. It is also one of the most memorable.
This book is really more of a mix of film dialogue and book dialogue, but I think it works well! Published in 2008, for the 100th anniversary of Anne of Green Gables, Kevin Sullivan condensed all the best parts of the film into a 100 page adaptation that will have you smiling, laughing and crying just as much as the original film and book!
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