Posted on December 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The recent reboots of A Christmas Carol and Little Women got the creative juices flowing at Rotten Tomatoes.

Staff there wondered which literary adaptation tended to score the best amongst viewers.

So they gathered data on thirty-two books, all of which were either were adapted into full-length films at least three times or were turned into television shows, and looked at their average reviews.

If you want to challenge yourself on which work of literature has been the most skillfully adapted, we’ll leave you with a small hint — don’t think about books.

Other interesting insights: 

  • The first adaptation tends to score the highest. (Hear that, Hollywood? If you must handle our beloved books, quit while you’re ahead!) And all versions do the best when they’re loyal to the source material. (AHEM.)

  • TV adaptations are slightly better received than movie ones. 

  • An incredible thirteen shows or movies in the literary-adaptation data set can boast an amazing “Tomatometer” rating of 100% — but we’re currently in a ten-year drought on that front.

Read the complete findings and check whether you guessed correctly to “which work has been adapted the best?” on Rotten Tomatoes.

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