Books open up a world of imagination when reading them. When movies bring books to life, your imagination comes true. When this is done well, it can prove to be very exciting for every viewer of the movie who loved the book. Continue reading below for eight of the best book to movie adaptations.
Shawshank Redemption is one of the most classic horror films to ever have been made. What many do not know is that the movie is based on Stephen King’s book called “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption.” The movie follows the premise of a man convicted of murdering his wife and her lover, but he believes that he did not do it. The only major difference seen in the movie is that Red is Irish in the book, and he only jokes about being Irish in the movie.
2. Gone Girl
Gone Girl was a movie that many flocked to the theaters to see in 2014. It was based on a book of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. Amy Dunne, the female lead, appears to be perfect at first glance. When she suddenly disappears, some unhidden truths are laid out about her and her husband, however. The main differences are that the parents of the couple are barely seen in the film, where they played a large role in the books.
The Color Purple is a film from the 1980s directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, among others. It is based on a novel by the same name written by Alice Walker in 1983. The storyline follows Celie’s letters detailing her painful life, her separation from her sister, her husband’s affair and her stepson’s wife. The key differences are that the book makes the relationships out to be significantly more complex than they are portrayed in the movie.
Atonement is a drama and mystery featuring some of the top actors including Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. It is based on the book entitled “Atonement: A Novel”, and the movie actually utilized the author, Ian McEwan, to assist in writing the movie. The storyline follows an imaginative girl finding her sister and her boyfriend together intimately. Misinterpretations ensue, leading to a negative chain of events. There are differences in the movie as the dialogue is not clear to the complexities portrayed in the book.
The Wizard of OZ. is a beloved classic movie from the early 1900s that is based on a book from 1900. This book was called “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and was written by L. Frank Baum. The storyline follows Dorothy who is trapped in a tornado and transported to Oz where she must meet the needs of the wizard and defeat the villains. The storyline of the movie is very similar to that of the book, but Dorothy’s iconic red slippers are silver in the book.
The original Jurassic Park from the 1990s is made from a sci-fi novel written by Michael Crichton. The original movie follows Dr. John Hammond’s amusement park with cloned dinosaurs. When a tour comes to visit, things become disarray. The movie completely eliminates the procompsognathus that is found in the book throughout.
All three movies in the trilogy are actually based on the trilogy written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Many individuals argue that The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is the best movie in the trilogy and is based on a book in the trilogy by the same name. This plot follows Frodo Baggins holding on to the One Ring and defeating Saruman. The movie did neglect the prologue of the book which explained the origin of the ring and the hobbits.
The Godfather, which was released in 1972, is based on a book written by Mario Puzo in 1969 by the same name. The plot follows a crime family called the Corleones who are struggling to stay on top during World War II. Vito is the leader, but his son Michael is trying to become more and more involved in the business. Johnny Fontane’s part was neglected to a much smaller role in the movie than he had in the book.
Books and movies alike open up a world of imagination and possibilities. It is especially exciting when movies are based on books. Movies can bring book characters and book plots to life in a new way if they are done well.