Movies based on books are a great way to adapt your favorite literary work. As the author, you retain creative control over the movie adaptation. Many authors retain artistic control, allowing you to watch the movie exactly as you envisioned. Some of the most successful books turned into movies are Beauty and the Beast, The Shawshank Redemption, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Here are some of my favorites from this genre.
To Kill A Mockingbird
While there are plenty of To Kill A Mockingbird movies adapted from other books, none are as moving as the original. While these movies are still great, the book remains a classic and will always stand the test of time. This film is a true testament to the power of literature and the importance of a good family. It’s also a great example of how films can help us understand the meaning of tolerance and acceptance. It captures the beauty of life through a child’s eyes.
In a book penned by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic of American literature. The story’s themes are relatable to people of all ages and are universally relevant. The story is centered on a young girl named Scout who defies the norms of her society and learns a valuable lesson in the process. The book explores a number of themes – good versus evil, coming of age, and life in a small town.
Beauty and the Beast
The movie’s main plot is a twist on the classic tale. While the movie version has a more racy tone, it is also more submissive, with Beauty becoming more like a beast than a girl. The story tackles several social and political issues, including the conflict between bourgeoisie and aristocracy. For the audience, that can be a big plus.
A retelling of the story is found in a world where Mutants live and are protected by a human prince. Princess Isra falls in love with one of these creatures, and Beauty takes on the punishment of taming it. A modern version of the story follows a young woman named Bella (Isabella Beauchamps), who is determined to break the curse of a nobleman who has turned into a werewolf. Bella is a cross between Beauty and the Beast and Little Red Riding Hood. The film’s villain, an ex-soldier, is mechanically charged.
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical drama based on the life of Anne Boleyn, Queen of England during the reign of Henry VIII. The film is set in 1521 England and features Natalie Portman as the calculating Anne. The film follows her rise to prominence in England, and features some rape scenes and strong language. While Anne is an important character in the book, the film takes her tragic story to new heights.
Among the many historical dramas set during Henry VIII’s reign, The Other Boleyn Girl is among the best. It was first broadcast on the BBC in 1970. It was followed by two sequels: The Queen’s Fool, set during the reign of Henry VIII’s daughter, Queen Mary, and The Virgin’s Lover, set during the early days of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign. However, it’s not as well-known as the other novels.
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film directed by Frank Darabont. The story revolves around Andy Dufresne, a banker, who spends 19 years in Shawshank State Penitentiary, where he befriends a con artist named Ellis “Redding” and gets involved in a money laundering operation. The movie received numerous accolades and favorable reviews.
The Shawshank Redemption has numerous similarities to the original Stephen King story. Although the story is fictional, it is based on an actual escape from the Ohio State Reformatory in the 1950s. Freshwaters was sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was able to escape by befriending prison officials. The film does not depict the prison tunnel, but instead portrays the harsh and dangerous world of Shawshank Prison, which was only discovered 56 years after Freshwaters’ escape.
The Color Purple
“The Color Purple” is an inspiring family saga based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Set in the early twentieth century, the story chronicles the life of a young black woman named Celie. The film is a powerful adaptation that centers around the personal awakening of Celie, a young woman who is subjected to sex and sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. Spielberg and the film’s ensemble cast feature Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Adolph Caesar, Rae Dawn Chong, and Akosua Busia.
While it’s easy to see why the book has won so many awards, a movie based on the novel is not a simple feat. Movies based on books are notoriously difficult to adapt, and the book is no exception. While adaptations are more difficult to perfect than original screenplays, these films all follow the same basic plot, including the use of the first-person narrative format. Although Spielberg abandons this format for most of the film, it remains an important part of the story and a challenge for moviemakers.