Often, we get lost in movies. Sometimes, we find ourselves asking how these movies even came to be. The answer–in many cases–is from a book.
Films adaptions have always been a market. However, in the last decade, taking books and turning them into films has been more frequent. In movies like Twilight and Lovely Bones, films have taken the characters and plot from the successful book franchises. In doing so, the preexisting fandom is linked with new fans who can enjoy the movie.
Whether it’s a family drama, a thriller, or a walk into the fantasy world, any book can come to life through film. With that said, there is nothing better than your favorite novel coming to life. Great book to film adaptations bring in new readers as well. This, of course, comes from peaking interest in the film and seeking the inspiration behind it.
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So, if you are ready to get wrapped up in these great films and the books that inspired them, keep reading:
The Girl On The Train: Book By Paula Hawkins
The Girl On The Train movie was set in the United States, whereas in the book the characters lived in the United Kingdom. Nonetheless, the story is heart racing. In this plot, an alcoholic commuter named Rachel catches daily glimpses of a couple named Scott and Megan from the window of a train.
One day while traveling, Rachel witnesses something shocking. When she is informed of Megan’s disappearance, she tells the police what she witnessed. Rachel goes on to uncover her memory of that day as the police question her involvement.
Regardless, reading or watching this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will likely be trying to solve the mystery yourself.
Room: Book By Emma Donoghue
This story is told from the perspective of five-year-old Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother. He refers to it as “Room.” To keep the real world events away from her son, his mother allows Jack to believe that the outside world only exists within TV. The only ‘real’ stuff in the world are inside the room with him and his mother.
The story is an absolute tearjerker. It is beautifully written, and Brie Larson delivers through her character “Ma.” As the events unfold, you may feel like you’re trapped in that room with them. Either way, it is definitely worth watching the movie or reading the book.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
In this film adaptation, four sisters–Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth–have their live chronicled in the years following the civil war.
Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaption gave the story more of an updated feel. It feels new without straying too far from the original book plot.
This movie is perfect for the entire family.
The Devil Wears Prada From Lauren Weinberger’s Book
After landing a job at prestigious Runway magazine, Andy finds herself as an assistant to diabolical editor Miranda Priestly. Andy questions her ability to survive her grim experience under Miranda without jeopardizing her future.
Meryl Streep was the most fashionable movie villain and gives a great performance as a high status fashion editor. The relationship between Streep and Anne Hathaway was spell binding, and, their outfits stick with you forever. Even if the ending differs from the book, the film still hit the mark as a great adaption.
Fight Club By Chuck Palahniuk
When a depressed man suffering from insomnia meets a strange soap salesmen, a friendship forges and they find themselves forming a fight club. The fight club is underground with strict rules. It is made for men fed up with their mundane lives.
Fight Club captures gruesome and gritty storytelling in the book that transforms beautifully on screen. All the twists and turns are brought to life by the stunning Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Helen Bonham Carter steals the screen with her performance as Marla. The movie is filled with action, but carries a deeper message about mental health.
Gone Girl: Book Written By Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl is a thriller from start to finish. Nick and Amy Dunne come off as having a beautiful family and a great marriage. That is, of course, until Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Nick becomes the main suspect in her disappearance. The police investigation reveals their marriage was far less than perfect. Flynn herself took a role in making sure her novel fit the big screen.
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are great as the leading roles. Every minute is spent trying to piece the puzzle together. You feel like you and Nick are on a journey together to find his wife as you watch the movie.
The Perks of Being A Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky
Just like the title, the movie is based on a wallflower boy named Charlie, who is always watching everyone’s lives from the outside. Free-spirited Sam and her stepbrother Patrick come into the picture and help Charlie discover true friendship, love, and music. The story takes you on the journey with Charlie as he deals with his own struggles and questions his future.
Chbosky put so much of himself into the book–so much so that he refused to allow anyone to make the movie without his involvement. Logan Lerman was the perfect pick for Charlie. He is so sensitive and observant that it just looked natural while he played the role. Ezra Miller steals the show as Patrick, who avoids many gay stereotypes while still being comfortable with his sexuality. You will love every minute. But, get ready to cry your eyes out and have the tissues ready.
It is so common that we fall in love with movies without even knowing the inspiration behind them. In reading this article, many of the film-adaptations were only made with the author present. In many ways, this shows us that the books we read and the movies we watch have beautiful and important lessons behind them. Hopefully, we can continue to discover the deeper meaning in movies, with the hopes that we carry these themes with us throughout our daily lives.
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