Quiz: Loosely Based Entertainment

This week's well-read quiz


Classic books are, well, classic. So it’s no surprise that many of these timeless stories have made their way to the silver screen. In some cases, all that silver dust has a side effect on those who develop the associated screenplays. Some artistic license was necessary, for instance, to move the Lord of the Rings books into a theatrical epic format. But when other books have made this same transition, the result has been wholly unrecognizable from the original, expect in some of the most basic storyline elements.

Below is a list of nine movies, followed by nine classic books. See if you can match the original masterpieces to their Hollywood offspring. Put your answers in the comments below, and no fair using Google, IMDb, or Wikipedia!

The Movies

  1. Apocalypse Now, a Vietnam war film (1979)
  2. Clueless, a comedy (1995)
  3. My Own Private Idaho, a friendship drama (1991)
  4. Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, a comedy set in 1937 rural South (2000)
  5. Roxanne, a romantic comedy (1987)
  6. She’s the Man, another romantic comedy (2006)
  7. Strange Brew, a comedy based on SCTV characters (1983)
  8. Ten Things I Hate About You, a teen comedy (1999)
  9. West Side Story, a musical play (1957)

The Books

  1. Emma, novel by Jane Austen (1815)
  2. Cyrano de Bergerac, play by Edmond Rostand (1897)
  3. Hamlet, play by William Shakespeare (1603)
  4. Heart of Darkness, novel by Joseph Conrad (1899)
  5. Henry IV (Parts 1 and 2) and Henry V, plays by William Shakespeare (1596 to 1599)
  6. The Odyssey, epic by Homer (8th Century BC)
  7. Romeo and Juliet, play by William Shakespeare (1595)
  8. The Taming of the Shrew, play by William Shakespeare (1592)
  9. Twelfth Night, play by William Shakespeare (1602)

Forgive the overrepresentation by Shakespeare, but his plays seem to be irresistible to moviemakers. Check back on Friday for the answers.

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Tim Patrick is a software architect and developer with more than 30 years of experience in designing and building custom software solutions. He is the author of multiple books on Microsoft technologies, and was selected as a Microsoft MVP for his support to the programming community. Tim earned his degree in computer science from Seattle Pacific University.