I'm Currently reading Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton (don't spoil the ending for me I'm nearly there), as an avid old movie fan I had seen the Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell version some time ago and was of the opinon I new what I was going to be getting. How wrong I was. If you've seen the film but not read the book do yourself a favour and go down the library and borrow a copy.
All they have in common is the title and names of a few of the characters. Even the setting has been changed from 1938/1939 in the book to Victorian London in the film. In the book he's unemployed, in the film he's a promising composer and though I'm nearing the end of the book I've yet to come across the George Sanders role.
Still all this aside it's a great film and a great book, but why the hell didn't they just change the name of the film and the characters and be done with it?
On another topic, does anybody here cast books they read with actors? For obvious reasons as I've been reading Hangover Square I've been hearing Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell and so on. I do find it makes my reading experience more enjoyable. Sad or normal you decide?