When it comes to adapting a novel into a movie, there are a lot of things that come into play. Although the storyline is epic already, it is key to project that story to the big screen without the story losing it’s meaning. Here are 10 great books that were adapted into incredible films.
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Published in 1969, this crime novel fiction is the reason why The Godfather (1972) is ranked as one of the greatest movies of al time. This book interprets the realistic drama of mafia war.
2. Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Published in 1964, this children’s book is not only one of my favorite books, but lead into one of my favorite movies ever Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory (1971). The story executes rags to riches and teaches you about appreciating what you have, as a young boy’s life is changed forever after he meets an eccentric chocolatier.
3. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Published in 2002, this literary fiction book tells a moving story which involves a teenage girl who after being raped and murdered watches her family in the afterlife which brought us The Lovely Bones (2009). This story is definitely one of the greatest that exists in the world as we know it.
4. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Published in 1982, this epistolary story is the reason why The Color Purple (1985) became one of the greatest dramas to hit the big screen. The story is simply about women of color living in the south during the 1930s.
5. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty. Published in 1971, this horror novel is the reason why The Exorcist (1973) became one of the greatest horror films of all time. The book tells a story about a 12 year old girl who deals with demonic possession and how it effects her family.
6. Old Yeller by Fred Gipson. Published in 1956, this story brought us one of the greatest movies of all time, Old Yeller (1957). The story is about a family who falls in love with a dog. The dog later becomes infected with rabies and eventually they have to kill the dog. Very sad.
7. Cool Hand Luke by Donn Pearce. Published in 1965, this dramatic prison story brought Cool Hand Luke (1967). This first-person novel tells a story about the life prisoners have to endure on a daily basis back in that era.
8. The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris. Published in 1988, this epic horror thriller is what brought The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) to the big screen. This thriller covers the psychological profile of a cannibalistic serial killer.
9. Forrest Gump by Winston Groom. Published in 1986, this 21st century novel dramedy is the reason why Forrest Gump (1994) is one of the greatest films to date. Although the film is different than the novel, it would not exist without it.
10. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane. Published in 2002, this crime and mystery fiction story is proof that the Mystic River (2003) is one of the best films this century. The book tells a story about three friends growing up in Boston to later become enemies.