Books into Film

Did you know that many of the most recent and popular movies began life as books? Do you like going to a movie if you’ve already read the book? Will you read the book if you’ve already seen the movie? 

As a lover of both books and movies, I maintain that you do both. Remember… The film is only one person’s interpretation of the original work. The movie has a constricted time frame and couldn’t possible include all the content of the novel. Sometimes they tell the whole story well in two hours, and sometimes they miss the mark.

I prefer to read the book first, then view the film.

Some examples of recent hit movies that are based on books:
310 to Yuma by Elmore Leonard
Q & A by Vikas Swarup was made into the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”.
The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A nice list of books made into films from Mid-Continent Libraries in Missouri:
The Guardian published an interesting list in 2006 of the best film adaptations:

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