e a m harris

Roaming the byways of literature

30 Day Book Challenge – day 16: Favourite book turned into a movie

I don’t know that I have a favourite here because without thinking very hard I can’t recall many films made from books that I’ve seen (this doesn’t count the ones made from books I haven’t read – there are probably a lot of those).

However, I do very vividly remember the Hound of the Baskervilles – book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, film starring Peter Cushing, Andre Morell and Christopher Lee. Hound of the Baskervilles

I have to admit that one of the reasons I remember the film so well is that it’s the one that taught me not to expect the ‘film of the book’ to be as good as the book.

Hound of the Baskervilles isn’t a favourite book of mine but is certainly one of my favourite Sherlock Holmes stories and I love it’s title. Baskerville is a great name and if it wasn’t so well known I might be tempted to use it for one of my own characters.

And who doesn’t love a mysterious giant animal? The hound comes from the same stable as the Loch Ness Monster and the Beast of Bodmin Moor.

In doing the research for this blog I came across a new-to-me word – cryptid, which, according to Wikipedia, is what Nessie is. It’s nice to think of our world secretly harbouring hoards of cryptic creatures, too shy to be discovered by science but feeding the imagination all over the world.

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