From Good Reads To Hollywood Reels

May 7, 2015 hollywood movies inspired from books @TheRoyaleIndia 1189 0 0

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So you read the Bollywood – Book to Movie adaptations, right? Right? So we decided to take things a little ahead by talking about the Hollywood – Books to Movie adaptations and let me tell you, these are EPIC; the books and the movies.

Sure your geeks, your nerds, your avid readers and book fandom leaders might cry foul over the movie adaptation always citing ‘but this is NOT how it is in the books. The story is ruined! The pigeon was the other way and you will see how important it is in the next movie because I HAVE READ ALL THE BOOKS!’ However, that does NOT mean they aren’t sporting enough to stand up and give kudos to a movie adaptation which actually deserves it. So Read on to see if your favourite movie made it-

The Shawshank Redemption

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If this movie was Bollywood it would have been a flop till today because it had a sad box office return. It barely made money during its release. But now it is one of the best movies to have been directed ever. Based on a novel by Stephen King (yes the horror genre literary master) Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the movie adaptation was/ is beyond par. Sure the characters are a tad different from the ones described in the book, but every actor owns it and one cannot help but think how perfect everyone is for the roles. A must see and a must read, Shawshank Redemption always features in all the possible ‘Favourite movies’ list.

The Godfather

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Possibly the best book to movie adaptation till date, The Godfather has everything going for it- A Mario Puzo bestselling novel; Francis Ford Coppola as the director; A Brando- Pacino pairing. There was nothing that could wrong with depicting the life of Don Vito Corleone and his family. The book beautifully shows the cold world of the mafia and the warmth and love of the blood family. The movie amazingly sticks to the book and depicts everything as is mentioned or as much the length of the movie could allow.

Schindler’s List

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Surprised to see this movie here? Well it is adapted from a book called Schindler’s Ark by an Australian author, Thomas Keneally. This story is a true account of a German, Oskar Schindler, who saved over 1000 Jews by employing them in his factory. Shot entirely in black and white, Steven Spielberg managed to bring out the horror of the concentration camps like no one else. Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley acted to the T for the roles they were cast. The book was brought to life on screen and was one of the highest grossing films when it released.

Fight Club

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I guess it is safe to say this was an epic movie of epic proportions and the book by Chuck Palahniuk was simply awesome. Edward Norton’s portrayal as an ‘everyman’ and Brad Pitt’s role of a soap maker ‘Tyler Durden’ was acting beyond par. But as the epic movie delivers the epic line ‘the first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club’ and I think we should adhere to that and just read it first and then watch it.

Harry Potter

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Every once n a while comes a book series which changes the literary scene of the world. Harry Potter is the one for our times. J.K. Rowling’s epic series which created the magic world and brought to life everything we have always dreamed of took the world by storm. Hence, it is no surprise that the same should be made into movies as well. The movies were good sure, but the best ones were Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 1 & part 2. The movies became consequently darker and David Yates brought out the fact beautifully that always doing what is easy is not always right.

Lord of the Rings

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Another fantasy series to take the world by storm was the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein. Long considered to be unadoptable, Peter Jackson took it into his own hands to show Mordor and Middle Earth just as the fandom had imagined it and it was a success. This highly grossing movie made it to the best adaptations list all over and people got to reading books once again.

Silence of the Lambs

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Did you know Jodie Foster was not the first choice for the movie? She wasn’t too sure about it herself, but entire world is glad she took it up. Anthony Hopkins’s career was going nowhere till this movie came along. The brilliant adaptation of Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris’s book gave everyone the chills when Hannibal first greets Clarice with the ever famous, ‘Good evening, Clarice’. The witty dialogues, the chilling story line, the brilliant writing all came from the book and it was awesome.

There are loads more for sure, but we couldn’t include them in this list. We are currently asking for a 3rd part to be published but that can be done only if *YOU* guys comment on or tweet about this one and the previous article and tell us how awesome we are. Also, feel free to let us know your favourite book to movie adaptations and we will be happy to include that in the list if we publish the next part. Or how about a Book to TV Adaptations list, huh?

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