10 Amazing Books That Found Their Way Into Movie Halls

Some of the most iconic fiction and non-fiction books of the 20th and the 21st century have been adapted into movies.Sometimes, you watch a movie only to realize later that it’s based on a book, and then cannot wait to get your hands on it.For some, reading the original story in the book is far more enjoyable than watching the cinematic version; and for a few it’sthe other way around.Listed here are 10 amazing books that were made into movies:

10. Lord of The Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

First Published: 1955

What It’s About:

A masterpiece by all means, this is the story of Frodo, the Hobbit, who lives in the highly detailed and realistic Middle Earth. Frodo is chosen to destroy the powerful One ring which holds great power. Frodo travels with a group of diverse characters including a dwarf, an elf, a wizard and a king and together, they make their way to the evil land of Mordor, where the powerful and evil Sauron dwells. If Sauron gets his hands on the One ring, he can wreak destruction on all of Middle Earth. The book was turned into an Oscar-winning trilogy by the same name in the early 2000s.

Why You Should Read It:

This novel is considered the most influential philological work to have ever been written. Read it for its fascinating characters, landscapes and descriptions of otherworldly experiences, ranging from the heartwarming to the diabolical. This book is an unforgettable experience. In fact, it is said that the world is divided into two types of people, those who have read Tolkien and those who are yet to read Tolkien.

Best Quote:

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

9. Pygmalion, by Bernard Shaw

First Published: 1913

What It’s About:

Eliza Doolittle is a flower seller from the Eastend of London. She can’t behave or speak in the refined manner that is suited to high society in England. At the beginning of the story, a bet is placed between Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering on transforming Eliza’s life and teaching her ‘proper’ English and mannerisms to get rid of the crude cockney dialect that she currently speaks.

Why You Should Read It:

The book was adapted into the hugely successful musical film My Fair Lady in 1964 starring Audrey Hepburn. The film is a visual treat and has won several Oscars. Read the book to see Eliza’s transformation and why it became one of the most popular works of Bernard Shaw. Despite a light hearted topic, the novel actual explores the class divide that exists in different countries even today.

Best Quote:

“What you are to do without me I cannot imagine.”

8. The Shining, by Stephen King

First Published: 1977

What It’s About:

A caretaker is asked to begin his job of looking after Overlook Hotel, a structure in the middle of nowhere, as the winter season begins. The caretaker, Jack, brings with him his wife Judy and young son, Danny, and they settle in for what seems to be an easy winter looking after an empty hotel. Unfortunately, soon after the season’s first blizzard hits, the hotel seems to get a life of its own and increasingly disturbing occurrences start to take place around it, which have devastating consequences on the family. Danny possesses paranormal powers that he himself seems unaware of, giving him an unwanted insight into the horror that lurks in the hotel’s walls.

Why You Should Read It:

The acclaimed book was made into an exceptionally terrifying movie of the same name. Read the book to experience sheer terror that grows with every page, while covering topics ranging from the paranormal to descent into madness.

Best Quote:

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

7. The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

First Published: 1969

What It’s About:

This was one of the first novels to take a look at the American gangster and the Mafia underworld in the States. Don Corleone and his family are at the center of this spellbinding story of tradition, honor, power and bloodshed. The novel was made into an award-winning trilogy with the same title by Francis Ford Coppola with legendary Malron Brando portraying the iconic Don Corleone.

Why You Should Read It:

Mario Puzo’s masterpiece sheds light on the inner workings of a mafia family and its network of enemies, allies and everything in between. The book also explores the delicate relationship between father and son. Despite being published almost fifty years ago, the novel continues to fascinate readers looking to get insight into the workings of the Italian Mafia in the States. If American crime fiction is what you are looking for, you can’t go wrong with The Godfather.

Best Quote:

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

6. Room, by Emma Donoghue

First Published: 2010

What It’s About:

Five-year-old Jack lives in a medium-sized room with his Ma. It is the place where he was born and where he and his mother have always existed. Every night, Jack’s mother shuts him in his cupboard when Old Nick visits them. While Jack thinks ‘Room’ (as he calls it) is his home, to his mother it’s a prison where she has been held captive for seven years. Despite having created a fantasy world for Jack, Ma decides they need to escape and what ensues is a thrilling ride that neither mother nor son is fully prepared for.

Why You Should Read It:

The story is narrated by five-year-old Jack and is an example of how the world, when seen through the eyes of a child, is an endlessly wonderful place. The novel was turned into the Oscar-winning movie of the same name in 2015.

Best Quote:

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

5. The Revenant, by Michael Punke

First Published: 2002

What It’s About:

Set in the early 19th century in the American frontier, this is the true story of Hugo Glass, a man in his 40s, working in the Rocky Mountains for a company that collects beaver pelts. On a mission in the mountains, Hugo comes face-to-face with a giant grizzly bear. The bear attacks Glass, leaving him ravaged beyond belief. Despite having been viciously mauled, Glass manages to escape the jaws of death. Two men of the company are dispatched to tend to him before he dies, but they abandon him. In a shocking turn of events, Glass manages to survive, driven by thoughts of revenge on the men who left him for dead after robbing him. With sheer determination and grit, he crawls and walks across hundreds of miles of one of the harshest landscapes known to man.

Why You Should Read It:

This is a must-read for anyone who doesn’t appreciate the life they’ve been given as it shows how far some people will go in a bid to survive. The captivating novel was turned into a movie in 2015 and won Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar for best actor.

Best Quote:

“If he only made three miles a day, so be it. Better to have those three miles behind him than ahead.”

4. Black Mass, by Dick Lehr

First Published: 2000

What It’s About:

John Connolly and James ‘Whitey’ Bulger grew up together in Boston. Several decades later, the two couldn’t be any more different. By the 1970s, one is the head of the Irish mob, while the other is a highly respected FBI agent. An illegal deal struck between the two goes wrong, leading to the biggest informant scandal in the history of FBI.

Why You Should Read It:

The true crime story is narrated by two Boston Globe reporters who worked on the case right from the beginning. The novel is a must-read to see the underbelly of the crime world and what happens when power is abused by the wrong people. The novel was turned into a movie of the same name in 2015 with acclaimed actor Johnny Depp playing the part of James Bulger, which was said to be his most compelling performance in recent years.

Best Quote:

“He was the antithesis of the gaudy mafioso.”

3. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova

First Published: 2005

What It’s About:

At the age of fifty, Alice Howland leads a fulfilling life as a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and has a loving family by her side. She is a world renowned expert in linguistics as well. Recently, Alice has been finding herself increasingly confused and disoriented and her life is turned upside down after a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The novel shows how Alice battles the disease and dealing with the effect it has on her relationship with her family and everyday life. The book is both, tragic and inspirational, while remaining a page-turner due to Alice’s resilience and her will to live.

Why You Should Read It:

The book was turned into a movie in 2014 and won Julianne Moore an Oscar for best actress. Read it to see the devastating effects of early onset of Alzheimer’s disease on a person’s entire life.

Best Quote:

“You’re so beautiful. I’m afraid of looking at you and not knowing who you are.”

2. Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith

First Published: 2009

What It’s About:

Set in the Soviet Union during Josef Stalin’s reign, this thriller revolves around security officer, Leo Demidov who is a war hero and firm believer of the law. When a string of incidents leave several children dead, it is clear to Leo that a serial killer is on the loose. Unfortunately, apart from his devoted wife, no one will support Leo and he is ostracized by his colleagues. With no other choice, he refused to sit back with a madman on the loose. Leo decides to take matters into his own hands and bring the killer to justice.

Why You Should Read It:

Based on the true story of Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, this book was made into a movie of the same name with Tom Hardy playing Leo. Read it to see what life was like behind the Iron curtain in the Soviet nation.

Best Quote:

“In a country ruled by fear, no one is innocent.”

1. Every Secret Thing, by Laura Lippman

First Published: 2003

What It’s About:

The story begins when two girls aged eleven find an unattended stroller with a baby inside. Their subsequent actions are horrifying and get them jailed for seven years. They are released from prison when they turn eighteen. Now the girls are back in their old neighborhood and soon another baby mysteriously disappears. Suspicion immediately falls on the two friends.

Why You Should Read It:

A psychological thriller that will keep you hooked from the first page on, this is a classic thriller, except the killer is not a big bad man, but a pair of girls on the cusp of adulthood. The novel was turned into a movie in 2015 with Dakota Fanning playing the role of one of the two girls. Read it if you enjoy mystery novels with a twist where nothing is as it seems.

Best Quote:

“She liked what she saw, although she knew being a not-beautiful woman was supposed to be a tragedy.”

Conclusion

All of these ten books have graced a cinema near you after being turned into movies. Each of them is unique. Whether you enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, or adventure genres, this list has something for everyone.

The characters are multidimensional and the locations diverse. Most films mentioned here have won an award or two, which goes to show that a good book can be turned into an excellent piece of cinema.

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