Worst movie made from a good book? Or what’s the best movie adapted from a lousy novel?
Felix Kammerer in“ All Quiet on the Western Front,” the latest cinematic version of Erich Maria Remarque’ s landmark novel. - Reiner Bajo/NETFLIX/TNS

Adapting a book to the screen, successfully: If a reliable formula for that creative challenge existed, we wouldn’t have “The Bonfire of the Vanities” or “The Lovely Bones” or “The Great Gatsby” (any of ‘em) to kick around anymore. Critic, editor and author Kristen Lopez wrote a book about the subject. It’s called “But Have You Read the Book? 52 Literary Gems That Inspired Our Favorite Films.” A Turner Classic Movies project, it comes out March 7. Lopez offers a breezy, engaging survey of mostly well-known, occasionally lesser-known titles representing both highly faithful page-to-screen adapt...