The Best Book To Movie Adaptations
Taking a beloved book and turning it into a movie is always a huge gamble on the movie producer’s part. Sometimes, they just don’t work – but when they do, it can be absolute magic!
Let’s take a look at which big screen versions of the world’s favourite books have managed to preserve their essence and even introduce the original text to new audiences around the world.
The Lord Of The Rings (2001-2003)
It’s a world-famous book that’s inspired several games, and finally a movie – or several movies. With 30 Academy Award nominations, it’s safe to say that JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy trilogy was in the best possible hands with Peter Jackson.
The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King amassed a cult-like following and broke box office records all across the globe. With a star-studded cast and an audience that was hungry for adventure, the journey through Middle Earth was beautifully conveyed across all three movies.
Sense And Sensibility (1995)
Jane Austen’s first published work was released in 1811. She wrote it under the pseudonym, ‘A Lady’. Directed by Ang Lee, the movie was released in 1995 to some of the greatest critical acclaim possible for a film.
The soundtrack to the movie is also iconic and it was nominated for an Oscar. Actress Emma Thompson was awarded the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and the movie also featured a powerful cast including Kate Winslet.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Shawshank Redemption was based on the novel Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. When the film was first released, it was met with a lukewarm reception at the box office.
However, it was nominated for various awards and film critics absolutely loved it, giving it glowing reviews. Once it was released on VHS and DVD, the movie was given a second life. These days, it often appears quite high up on lists about the greatest movies of all time.
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
The story of To Kill a Mockingbird is one that has garnered a great deal of praise – the book won a Pulitzer Prize, and the movie won three Oscars, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor.
Harper Lee sold over 30 million copies of her debut novel, and many believe that the movie’s success can largely to credited to the fact that the filmmakers created a very faithful adaptation.
The Life Of Pi (2012)
The interesting thing about The Life of Pi is that everyone thought that the story would be impossible to film, and yet it turned out to be one of the greatest movies to come out of 2012.
It’s as entertaining as playing casino online slots Brasil and just as immersive too. Also directed by Ang Lee, the movie was awarded the Oscar for Best Director and Best Original Score.
Schindler’s List (1993)
This movie was based on Schindler’s Ark, a Booker-prize winning novel. It tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi Party who was able to save over 1000 Jewish people.
It stars Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes and was directed by Steven Spielberg.