The debate of books being turned into movies is one that has been around for as long as, well movies themselves. Disappointing portrayals, plot tweaks and the modernising of a culture classic are just some of the issues faced by a devoted reader when they come up against a Hollywood interpretation. Many of these people are then forced to ask Hollywood to come up with their own stories and to stop butchering the works of Dickens, Shakespeare and Wilde. But, every now and again we get a shining light, a movie that is as good as or (dare we say it) better than both the original and everything that your imagination thought possible.
So to celebrate National Book Lovers Day we will be looking at the best books adapted into movies and when you should be watching them. Do you want a laugh, a cry or to fear everything that you ever knew and not leave the house ever again? If so, we guarantee that all of the books and films on this list are utterly brilliant, the crème de la crème of both the reading and moving picture worlds.
The best books adapted into movies to suit every mood…
If you want to feel inspired, check out these books that created Award winners.
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
Stand By Me/The Body (Stephen King)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)
Are you after a heart-warming family read? Check out these books/movies for the young and the young at heart.
Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Harriet the Spy (Louise Fitzhugh)
Where the Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)
Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
Feeling emotional? These books/movies will unleash your inner romantic.
Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
Feeling tense? You will be once you check out these books and movies. Warning there will be blood.
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Girl Interrupted (Susanna Kaysen)
American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
Misery (Stephen King)
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