12 Best Book Adapted To Movie Fits Into the Latest Trends

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There are many movies that was based on most celebrated or inspiring books. Sometimes you watch an incredible movie and not knowing it was based on a book, some of the books are better then the movie and the other way around, but some are even as awesome as the book. Here are the twelve popular and impressive books adapted to movies.

First Published: 1997

Plot Summary:
This is a series of seven novel following the chronicle of Harry Potter, with his best friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. They all are young wizards of England which studies at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry have to struggle all his life since one year old to evade and defeat the dark wizard Lord Voldemort before his intention to be immortal and control the whole wizarding world.

Reason for you to read:
This phenomenal series are widely known and followed by millions of fans with their own website, each book has been adapted to movie continuously followed by spins off games, merchandise, even their own attractions. It is easy to read, a new world of wizardry no one have ever imagine before, and filled with diversity, acceptance, political tolerance, and equality morale.

Best Quote:
“But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

11Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

First Published: 1986


Plot Summary:
Follows on Forrest Gump and his adventures through adulthood from shrimp boating, ping pong championship, war hero, start of football team, his childhood love, and incidentally partake every important moment of the America history despite his low IQ and seemingly “dumb” nature yet he is unexpectedly simple, full of wisdom, loved by many, full of luck, and blessed with physical strength. What he really want is to make his childhood love Jenny happy, eventhough her life has been through many dark moments.

Reason for You to Read This:
This is the book that will show you how people with seemingly simple mind and low IQ still can manage to grasp the real meaning of life, be truthfull, loyal, kind hearted, and just have a peace of mind through life unlike many people who is struggling to be just happy. Adapted to the Academy Award winning movie with Tom Hanks playing Forrest Gump and novel sold in 30.000 copies this is certainly a novel must read.

Best Quote:
“I don’t know if mama was right, that we each have a destiny, or if if was Lt Dan, that we are all just floating around, accidental, like a breeze, but I think… I think… maybe… it’s both happening at the same time.”

First published: 1954

Plot Summary:
Originally the author were to publish The Lord of the Rings in one book, instead it has been divided to three series. The fellowship of the Ring is the first series which set in the world of Middle Earth filled with elf, wizard, dwarf, hobbit, human, dragon, orgs, and goblins. Start with celebration of Bilbo’s 111th birthday at Shire, then he left magically in the middle of his party leaving his nephew Frodo to inherit his fortune including “The One Ring of Sauron”. A ring of the dark lord Sauron who will bind all the living creature in Middle Earth in darkness. This prompt to the journey of “the fellowship of the ring”, seven companion with a mutual direction to destroy the ring in mount Doom of Mordor forever.

Reason you should read it:
The Lord of the Rings is considered the bible of medieval fantasy book, with it’s detail description of beautiful landscape or terrible dark places. The Middle Earth is created so vividly by the author, be it by giving each special languages to the human, elf, even orcs and goblins, deep character, different culture, and history. And the main theme of battle against evil with light, with the small and seems ordinary people who posses the great strength and bravery to fight the darkness in contrast of the cliche of big hero and knight of armor. Some more this novel has been adapted to the academy award winning movie with many fans from all ages.

Best Quotes:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

9Pygmalion (Dover Thrift Editions) by George Bernard Shaw

First Published: 1913

Plot Summary:
This novel focused on Eliza Doolittle the flower seller on East End London, with her crude cockney accent and unrefined manner in opposite of with the culture of elite England high society. When Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering bet to transform Eliza by turning her to an elegant women fit for the society. She is taught to speak in english properly, adapt manners ettiqute, and groom her to a lady outfit, hair and makeup.

Reason for You to Read This:
The book has been adapted to the very successful musical film with tittle My Fair Lady in 1964 and won several Oscars award, as well as becoming the timeless classic remembered to this day. In fact the novel has also become the inspiration of several other movies, stage musical and television. Reading this book is such a delight, as you uncover more to Eliza than her appearance, accent, and manner. Further downlining on the theme of social class divide which are still happening even to this day.

Best Quote:
“Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby”

8The Shining by Stephen King

First Published: 1977

Plot Summary:
Jack Torrance, a writer recovering from alcoholic receive a job as Overlook Hotel off season caretaker with his wife and son Danny Torrance. Thinking to amend his relationship with his family and get inspiration for his writing, unknown to him that his son Danny have “the shining” abilities allows him to see the hotels “inhabitants”. When winter comes and blizzard causes blackout, it seems like the empty hotel has comes alive. The supernatural beings in the hotel then possess Jack and to kill his wife and son so it can claim the family soul.

Reason you should read this:
For those Stephen King fan out there, this novel is not a stranger. And for those of horror genre lovers this is a book you must read, as it’s just thrilling to watch the hotel slowly seeps in and take over Jack sanity and the hotel in the eyes of Danny. You will fall under King’s word by word in this intense yet you can’t stop. The adapted movie of this book has also receive numerous positive critics and followed by many fans around the world.

Best Quote:
“Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.”

7The Godfather by Mario Puzo

First Published: 1969

Plot Summary:
The Corleones the first mafia family in America originally from Sicily, their reign of legacy and tradition of blood and honor. Their loyalty to family, power through cruelty, and illegal money lead to their families tragedies. Where there must always be a leader, the patron, the Don Coleone who must bear the tragedy in exchange of those wordly glory and the gang honor.

Reason for You to Read This:
This novel has been consider Mario Puzo masterpiece, which give insights to the inner condition of a Italian mafia family from their allies, enemies, and families. The intimate and fragile relationship of father and the son as succesor. It has been a phenomenon for 5 decades and still mesmerizes everyone who reads it. It has been adapted to three series of movie with all are celebrated and recieve numerous awards with positive critical acclaim. To read this is giving you an even more detail to their mafia world, especially if you’re the fans of the movies.

Best Quote:
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

6Room by Emma Donoghue

First Published: 2010

Plot Summary:
The Room is where Jack a five year old boy live with his mother, he was born there and ever since spend the rest of his five years life only in this room where they eat, sleep, bathe, exercise, with the only entertainment they got is a television. Every night his mother will hide him in the wardrobe when Old Nick visits. This the sweet home to Jack, but to his mother is the prison where she has been held captive against her will for seven years. And then one mother decide to free themselves by relying on Jack bravery and luck.

Reason for You to Read This:
The novel is in Jack point of view and the statements of world through the innocent eyes of children, when filled with love by the mother is a wonderful place to be and also the aftermath of their freedom in the “normal world”. Adapted to 2015 movie which obtained Oscar award. It is a book to read for a cup of hot tea and a box of tissue, you will be sure to not be able to put it down until you reach the end.

Best Quote:
“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”

First Published: 2002

Plot Summary:
This novel set in 1823 when Hugh Glass who works as a trapper for Rocky Mountain Fur Company come face to face with a grizzly bear on his scouting mission. He is attacked to brink of death, and when two men who were supposed to take care of him left him to die. He was forced to survive on his own vowing for revenge, it took him of his greatest will and strength to crawl hundreds of miles across the wilderness to finally reach his destination.

Reason for You to Read This:
This true story is a must read for the life proof of how what we need is our own will and determination to reach our goal, even to survive the odds without any help like Glass. This novel adapted to 2015 movie which lead Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass to won his first oscar as best actor.

Best Quote:
“Of course it’s not simple. Who said it was simple? But you know what? Lots of loose ends don’t ever get tied up. Play the hand you’re dealt. Move on.”

First Published: 2000


Plot Summary:
Two best friend, John Connoly and James “Whitey” Bulger grow up in South Boston streets, in mid 1970 later meet again. Whitey as godfater from Irish Mob and John the FBI Boston agent, their so called agent-informant relationship slowly deteriorate to John covering for Whitley crime business activity as they spend more time together and their old friendship rekindle. Until end to be the biggest scandal of FBI history.

Reason for You to Read This:
This novel is based on true crime happens in Boston, tell by two reporters of Boston Globe since the start of the case. It is a true incidence of the crime in our world and how the power are wrongly used by certain people, how sometimes people of law are not what they seem. The novel was adapted to movie in 2015 with Johnny Depp playing whitey which has been consider his best performence in recent years. For all the movie and Johnny Depp fans, this book is a must read to look at the details that you migt miss in the movie.

Best Quote:
“press, and Connolly had a plan, a work-in-progress”

3Still Alice by Lisa Genova

First Published: 2010


Plot Summary:
This novel follow the life of Alice Howland in her fifty years of age have achieve so many in her life that she has been working so hard for. With occupation as psychology professor at Harvard, linguistics expert famous worldwide, successful husband, and three already grown up children. But she starting to have difficulty in memorizing and getting more and more confused, after she got checked up it is revealed that she have alzheimer which changes her life forever.

Reason for You to Read This:
This novel is adapted to a movie in 2014 with Juliaane Moore playing Alice, and reward her with Academy Award for best actress. This book is going to help you understand more of alzheimer’s progress, symptoms, and consequence on the affected person life.

Best Quote:
“The mother in her believed that the love she had for her daughter was safe from the mayhem of her mind, because it lived in her heart.

First Published: 2008

Plot Summary:
Soviet Union is the state where the citizen live a peaceful free crime life but fear only to the power of state. Leo Demidov is one of the avid follower and believer of such system, and work as a security officer. Until one day when a muderer surface and took many lifes, he tries to investigate the case believing that law is above everything. But he is unceremoniously fired and exiled with nobody but his wife by his side. He then must find the answer of the killer identity and uncover his belief to the system might have been in vain.

Reason for You to Read This:
This novel is written based on the true story of Andrei Chikatilo the serial killer, then adapated to a movie with Tom Hardy playing Leo. If you want to understand more about the political of Soviet nation this book will provide some insight you needed.

Best Quote:
“To stand up for someone was to stitch your fate into the lining of theirs.”

1Every Secret Thing: A Novel by Laura Lippman

First Published: 2003

Plot Summary:
Two eleven years old girls stumble upon an unsuppervised baby in a stroller, and then something horrible happen that put both of them to jail for seven years. When they are eighteen years old and released and get back to their own hometown, just when everything seems to be over another baby were reported disapper and all eyes were pointed to the suspected two girls again.

Reason for You to Read This:
This psychological thriller is an addicting novel that will make you read until the very end ot the page, a classic misunderstood bad guy as a victim in the fragile teenager state of mental and mind. It is adapted to a movie in 2015 starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks. A must read of the unexpected plot twist of the unknown under the surface.

Best Quote:
“Nancy began again, and she knew she was goint to off-load to infate the anger she had caught from the kid. Life was just a long game of emotional tag, one bad mood passing from person to person.”

 

CONCLUSION
These twelve books, some of it have become widely known worldwide throught it’s movie. Some of it are considered a very good novel and garnered many popularity and positive critics before then adapted to a movie. But each are a masterpiece on it’s own, with various genre for you to choose. Diversed in characters and backgrounds, with most of the movie even recieve prestigious awards.

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Dylan Jong is an editor at statree and she likes to blog on business, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and travel. When in leisure time, she prefers to spend time in traveling with friends and family. Her main interests are music, reading novels and fitness.

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