For a lot of people, time is of the essence and reading a book is not the easiest pastime in the world. We have all sometimes picked up a book and put it down after engaging to read the first page. This is nothing to do with ability or concentration; it is to do with whether or not the book is of personal interest or whether the book actually meets our needs or whether we have the time to read the book.
Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the backdrop, and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in reading the book, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the understanding. A movie version can improve the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get us ecstatic into ‘this other realm ‘.
There are several books that have been made into movies. Here is a list of outstanding movies adapted from books.
- Alice in Wonderland.
The movie is an adaptation of the novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world from her dreams where she is reunited with her friends who make her realize her real purpose.
Jumanji is a fantasy children’s picture book written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, which was adapted as a big screen fantasy adventure movie. Both the book and the film are about a magical board game that put into action real animals and other jungle elements as the game is played; thus the dangers which the players have to overcome in the game also appear in real life.
The tale focuses on Alan Parrish, who becomes trapped in a board game while playing with his friend Sarah Whittle. Years later, siblings, Judy and Peter find the game, begin playing and then unwittingly release the now-adult Alan. After tracking down Sarah, the four resolves to finish the game in order to reverse all of the destruction it has caused.
- War of the Worlds.
The War of the Worlds is a science fiction novel by English author H. G. Wells which was immortalized on the big screen with a film adaptation.Loosely based on the novel by H.G. Wells, it tells the story of an American dock worker who is forced to look after his children, from whom he resides separately, as he tussles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when Martians invade the Earth and shatter cities with towering tripod like war machines.
- The Chronicles of Narnia Trilogy.
The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of adventure fantasy films, based on The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven novels written by C.S.Lewis, from which, there has been three film adaptations —The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Trader. The book revolves around the adventures of the Pevensie siblings in the world of Narnia, guided by a wise and powerful lion, Aslan who is the true king of Narnia.
- Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump is a 1986 novel by Winston Groom. The novel was adapted into a feature-length film by Paramount Pictures in 1994.
The movie starring Tom Hanks, tells the story of a dim-witted but kind-hearted, good-natured and athletically impressive man from Alabama who retells his adventures ranging from shrimp boating and ping pong championships, to thinking about his childhood sweetheart, as he bumbles his way through American history, from the Vietnam War to college football and in some cases influences, some of the historic events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States becoming part of the story.
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a psychological thriller novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson (1954–2004), which was published posthumously to become an international bestseller.
It was made into a movie featuring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. It tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) probe to find out what happened to a woman from a wealthy family who went missing many years earlier. The movie went on to win the Academy Award for Best Film Editing.
- Jurassic Park.
Jurassic Park is a sci-fi novel written by Michael Crichton. A tale about genetically mutated dinosaurs, it showcases the downfall of an amusement park showing genetically recreated dinosaurs which create mayhem and destructions. The director, Steven Spielberg adapted the novel into the epic film Jurassic Park. The book’s sequel, The Lost World, was also adapted by Spielberg into a film in 1997.
- Harry Potter Series.
Harry Potter is a series of fantasy movies, based on the novels written by British author J. K. Rowling, which have been made into eight fantasy films. The novels chronicle the life of a young wizard, Harry Potter. The story focuses on Harry’s effort against Lord Voldemort, the main antagonist who plans to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the Ministry of Magic, and subjugate all wizards and Muggles, a reference term that means nonmagical people.
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel written by author J. R. R. Tolkien. The book was adapted to the big screen consisting of three epic fantasy adventure movies. The films were titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
The series was a major financial triumph, as it was among the highest-grossing film series of all time. The films were critically acclaimed and heavily awarded, winning 17 Academy Award. The Return of the King won all of its 11 Academy Award nominations. The series received wide praise for its innovative special and visual effects.
- The Shawshank Redemption.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption is a novella by Stephen King. It is loosely based on Leo Tolstoy short story, God Sees the Truth, But Waits. The novel was adapted into a drama film. It tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence.
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