After reading The Woman in White, it is natural to move on to the next Wilkie Collins’ novel, The Moonstone. The novel is presented as a series of letters written by different authors connecting events related to the moonstone, a hefty yellow diamond.
The Moonstone 1934 US Movie
The Moonstone 1972 TV Series
British film producers have an advantage when it comes to dramatizing British novels. They have impressive locations and great actors :). The costumes not so much.
Robin Ellis starred as Franklin Blake and Vivien Heilbron as Rachel Verinder.
The Moonstone 1997 TV movie
A 2-hour television dramatization with Greg Wise as Franklin Blake and Keeley Hawes as Rachel Verinder.
The Moonstone TV Series 2016
Another attempt at television dramatization after nearly 20 years. Joshu Silver as Franklin Blake, Terenia Edwards as Rachel Verinder. I thought this series captured a few things right:
- The sinister danger Rachel was in when she decided to travel with Ablewhite
- The agitated state Franklin was in under the influence of the laudanum
Unabridged Audiobook by LibriVox
The novel is a long one. The audiobook is nearly 20 hours long. It is read by different people so consistency is an issue. They are all volunteers so I must not complain.
BBC Radio Adaptation
Since the audiobook is so long, a shorter radio adaptation might be better.
Read the Book
It is my personal opinion that none of the adaptations above is as good as reading the book itself. I find it very readable although the yarn is a little long.
Digitized copies of the book (in several volumes) can be found at Google Books but they are hard to read. The public domain version is also freely available at Project Gutenberg.
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