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Good Movies Based on Short Stories

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Good Movies Based on Short Stories

In honor of May being National Short Story Month, here are some good…


Secretary – I can’t believe I forgot to mention Mary Gaitskill’s sophisticated and disturbing short story collection, Bad Behavior, in my list of Short Stories That Stick with You. “Secretary” is one of the stories in this book, and certainly a memorable one. The movie version with Maggie Gyllenhaal adds a lot of new material (it has to because the original story is quite short) and changes a few things, but it is still an interesting film that maintains the bizarre and haunting quality of the original story.

Brokeback Mountain – The short story by Annie Proulx is masterfully written in sparse but poignant prose. The screenwriters took her story as sturdy bones and fleshed it out into a movie with great strength and a thumping heart. I cried.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – The Tim Burton movie version (with Johnny Depp as Ichabod Crane) takes some major liberties with the original story, but it’s a fun, creepy movie to watch around Halloween time.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Technically, the movie based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, but pretty much nothing that happens in the story happens in the movie.  The only similarity between the two is that Benjamin Button ages backwards in both accounts. He’s born an old man and dies a baby. Personally, I have no attachment to the original story, so I enjoyed the bizarre and beautiful film. Plus, the movie is based in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities in the world.

All Fairy Tale Movies – What’s your favorite fairy tale movie? I’m thinking mine might be Disney’s The Little Mermaid, based on the much darker Hans Christian Anderson tale.

P.S. I will mention Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Shop Girl, but they are technically based on novellas, not short stories.



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Eva Langston is a writer, among other things.

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