Most of the times, after reading a great book, we want to watch the movie. And it’s such a disappointment when the director’s ideas on screening the book come and ruin your imagination.
But luckily, there are many great movies that improve and empower the characters and the action from the greatest books of all times.
10 great screenings after legendary books
- “The Shining”. How many of you remember the emblematic scene of Jack Nicholson saying “Here’s Johnny!”? The novel, by the one and only Stephen King, was adapted by Stanley Kubrick in 1980. There’s usually a lot of detail in the book left out of the movie. So if you read the book after seeing the movie, you’ll get explanations of things that may not have at first been clear. All in all, you must see the movie and also read the book. They are legends.
- “7 years in Tibet”. We won’t talk about the documentary by Hans Nieter from 1956, but the movie in 1997, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Everyone must have seen Brad Pitt playing Heinrich Harrer. The book is actually the journal of this Austrian mountain climber. In his takeover adventure of Tibet, he has become friends with Dalai Lama. You may know the main difference between the book and the movie. The last one is based more on the personal journey of Brad Pitt’s character. While the book contains lots of historical information. We wrote an entire review about the book here.
- “Lord of the Rings”. The books are one of the most epic high fantasy trilogies of all times, a timeless classic. The three parts are The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1955), and The Return of the King (1955). “Lord of the Rings” is the saga that talks of a group of reluctant heroes whom main goal is to save the world from consummate evil. J.R.R Tolkien, the author, found inspiration in psychology and folklore when creating the worlds and creatures from “Lord of the Rings”. The movies are exceptional, from the special effects to the characters and the adapted scenario. Of course, there are some missing facts, cause rarely there’s a movie at indigo with the book.
- “High Fidelity”, written in 1995 by British Novelist Nick Horny it’s a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable book. After receiving a worldwide praise, the book was turned into a movie (2000) with Stephen Frears as director. The subject is this: Rob Fleming is in his mid-thirties, owns a record shop in Camden Town, London and was dumped. Along with Rob, you will find Dick and Barry, his employees with whom he creates “top-five” lists for everything. Although the movie has changed some point of views, for example, the audience relationship with the author, the story, the great actors and the director’s vision made the movie to be nominated to 1 Golden Globe and to have many other wins and nominations.
- “A Clockwork Orange”. Clockwork= Cockney phrase from East London indicating something bizarre internally, but appearing natural and normal on the surface. I can say for sure say that A Clockwork Orange the movie is just as good as the book. That being said, the book and the movie allows you to have a deeper understanding of the characters and most importantly, they have different endings. In 1971, Stanley Kubrick turned Anthony Burgess’ masterpiece book into a movie. And it has quite an impact on your views on society even now. The book and the movie follow Alex, a 15-year-old violent young man, from his havoc-creating days, to being reeducated to despise violence and back again. Kubrick’s film is based on the more dismal American version of the novel. It omits the happy ending epilogue from the book.
- “The Godfather” was the best selling phenomenon, a classic of our time, a timeless masterpiece. Mario Puzo wrote the books approximately 30 years before the movies. On the surface, the two forms of media are quite similar to action, characters, and dialog. The plot for both of them is intense and is about gangster action and areas of violence between Don Vito Corleone (Marion Grande) and Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). The story is easy to follow and it is authentic for the Italian lives of Mafia families. The subject of Mario Puzo’s books is artistically transferred into the movies. Basically, we attend the transfers of control of a clandestine empire from the aging patriarch to his young son.
- “Harry Potter” (1997) is the worldwide famous series of fantasy novels written by J.K. Rowling, maybe the highest paid author from all times. The seven books are the best way for a child, teenager or adult to create his magical world through the characters. When you start reading the books, they take you to a magical world, with different laws and customs, a world of wizards and witches, of spells and charms. And yet, their world is somewhat similar to ours, and you can connect instantly. The movies are also spectacular, a true compliment for the books and not a replacement for them. Of course, lots will say that the directors, and editors had to change a lot to take a story from the page to the screen, but still, the movies are so magical.
- “The Help”, the book, had the release in 2009 by its author, Kathryn Stockett during the civil rights movement. The book is a great and emotional transcript of the African American maid’s living in the white families for which they work. The novel is like a series of confessions about the hardships that the maids go through on a daily basis. The emotional and painful subject is the central idea of the movie, also called “The Help”. The stars of the movie are Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen, Octavia Spencer as Minny, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Hilly. The film was a box office success and Octavia Spencer won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Whether you want to read the book or see the movie, the two media forms are a way to develop your knowledge about African American struggles with racism, captioned in 2 masterpieces.
- “Game of Thrones”– The author George R.R. Martin creates an astonishing and complex story like I never read in my entire life before or after. Because he created a whole world with maps of its own, people compared him with J. R. R. Tolkien. The series, by their name “A Song of Ice and Fire” contains seven volumes. They have exceptional characters, descriptions of the Seven Kingdoms, the world beyond The Wall, a great and captivating writing style and fascinating traditional heroic fantasy.
The movie series are masterpieces and for each episode, there are spending thousands of dollars. The special effects, the costumes, and the action are each time surprising. Although the hardcore fans of George RR Martin’s original novels blame the dares to change the sacred text.
- “Pride and Prejudice”. The story of this famous book, by Jane Austen, happens in 1813, also the time when the book had its publishing. The book is a satirical and social critique on the status and expectations of women from the eighteenth century. The romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy surprises the strong themes of pride, reputation, and family.
There were two screenings of the book. One as a mini TV series, from 1980 and the movie we all know, from 2005. Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn were the main stars. The movie won 4 nominations at the Oscars. Although it misses some details and side plots from the book. Maybe because directors want to make the classic authors more relatable to the modern audience.