We all have certain books that we claim as our favorites. Moreover, when our favorite books are turned into movie adaptations, we feel ecstatic. However, majority of the people believe that books are better than movies. If anyone suggests otherwise, fandoms get ready for a fight. But here are the top 15 book-to-movie adaptations that are worth watching and appreciating.
Top 15 Book-To-Movie Adaptations
1. The Divergent Series
The Divergent Series is a book trilogy by Veronica Ruth consisting of Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. All three books have been converted into major motion pictures and are pretty much approved by the fandom in terms of doing justice to the books. The story revolves around Beatrice Prior in a dystopian world as she tries to embrace her divergence. The plot focuses on her attempt to figure out her path in the broken world. The movies portray all the characters brilliantly.
2. The Hunger Games
It is a brilliant book series by Suzanne Collins consisting of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, and Mockingjay 2. The story is set in a dystopian world, where a player is chosen from all the 12 districts every year to compete in a cutthroat (literally) competition called ‘Hunger Games’. It follows the story of a girl, Katniss Everdeen, whose life changes when her little sister is chosen to represent their district, and she decides to volunteer in her sister’s stead.
3. The Fault In Our Stars
It is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful love story that you have surely heard of! This beautiful book written by John Green has been adapted into an even more beautiful movie of the same name. The story follows Hazel Grace Lancaster, a girl battling cancer who falls for Augustus Waters, and we witness the joy and tragedy that follow.
4. The Harry Potter Series
This list will be incomplete if I do not mention this series. Everyone has heard of this fantastic series which consists of seven books, all of which have been converted into mega-successful movies (eight movies).
5. The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs is a brilliant psychological thriller movie based on the book of the same title written by Thomas Harris. It follows the story of a young FBI trainee, who interviews a cannibalistic serial killer in order to catch a serial killer. It is a must-watch thriller movie.
6. The Shining
This haunting movie is based on Stephen king’s novel of the same title. It revolves around a man named Jack who brings his family to an isolated hotel where he accepts a job as the winter caretaker. It is revealed that the hotel has its secrets. This movie is guaranteed to give you the chills and spook. I would recommend not watching it at night.
7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is perhaps one of the best coming-of-age novels, and the novel’s movie adaptation does it justice. The story is about a teenage boy who deals with the death of his best friend and his encounter with his first love in high school. The movie is a perfect mesh of intense emotions and light-hearted moments, making it a must-watch.
8. Love, Simon
Based on the novel Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda written by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is infused with light-hearted comedy and emotions. It is a coming-of-age film about a high schooler, Simon Spier, who struggles with his sexual orientation. He is blackmailed by one of his classmates, who threatens to reveal it to everyone. If you are looking for a movie that will somehow reduce your worries and give you the sort of hope that only teen romances can provide, then this movie’s the one for you.
9. Little Women (2019)
Little Women is the movie adaptation of the classic novel of the same name written by Louisa May Alcott in 1868. The tale is about the March sisters tested by fate as their father participates in the civil war. Another reason to watch this movie is that its cast include Emma Watson. Well, who doesn’t like her, right?
10. The Lord of the Rings
Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s 1954 fantasy novel, the story is about a young hobbit named Frodo who has a ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron. The story follows Frodo’s journey to destroy the ring. This is a treat for fantasy lovers.
11. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This teen romantic comedy is based on the successful Jenny Han novel of the same name. The story follows a Korean-American girl named Lara Jean whose love letters, written to all the boys she has had a crush on since childhood, get leaked. Subsequently, her life becomes a roller coaster. This movie will make you laugh, and it promises to render a good time.
12. The Sun Is Also A Star
The Sun Is Also A Star is a movie based on a novel written by Nicola Yoon. The story is about two teenagers who only have 24 hours to see and do what they have always wanted to do in NYC before they part ways and break ties with the city for once and for all. This movie is excellent for a light-hearted romantic watch.
13. The Exorcist
A classic horror film based on the novel written by William Peter Blatty, this movie is enough to give you chills for a few nights. Such terrifying scenes and the storyline will make you question whether you are as fearless as you claim to be. Now, to all the horror film lovers, here is your cue to watch one of the best horror movies ever made.
14. The Hate U Give
Based on the novel of the same name written by Angie Thomas, the movie follows a young African-American girl who witnesses the shooting of her own best friend and is torn between different choices to do the right thing. The film is heart-wrenching and highlights various social flaws and the unreasonable hate that is often circulated.
15. The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is based on a novel of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story is about Nick Carraway, a First World War veteran who finds himself admiring Jay Gatsby, whose eccentric behaviors make him somewhat ‘great.’ This is another classic literary work that has been beautifully adapted into a film. In addition, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio. Well, what does one require more to watch this movie, right?
The above-mentioned movie adaptations of books are highly recommended for watching and appreciating the art of filmmaking. The list suggests that literary works and movies can be enjoyed separately instead of comparing them and weighing one as better than the other.
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