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The film adaptations of popular novels

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The film adaptations of popular novels

Charlie Wilson’s War
George Crile (paperback)
Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin isn’t shy about taking liberties with Crile’s 2003 nonfiction best-seller: He changes names and invents Amy Adams’ executive-assistant character. Still, the film captures much of the color and humor of Crile’s 523-page account, albeit in an abridged form. — Kate Ward
Fidelity-o-meter: 3/5

The Complete Persepolis
Marjane Satrapi (paperback)
In co-adapting her autobiographical comics about coming of age during Iran’s Islamic revolution, Satrapi left out some unsavory details: a suicide attempt, a stint as a pot dealer. But most of the book’s plot (and its bittersweet wit) leaps from page to screen unscathed. — Adam Markovitz
Fidelity-o-meter: 4/5

P.S. I Love You
Cecelia Ahern (paperback)
Although director/co-writer Richard LaGravenese is true to Ahern’s general plot about a young widow, his film veers way off course. Hilary Swank’s Holly now totes hubby’s ashes around with her and meets a contrived new love interest (Jeffrey Dean Morgan); plus, her dad and three brothers are MIA. — Lindsay Soll
Fidelity-o-meter: 2/5