One of the things I love best about movies is that some of them are stories I already love. And these 11 Awesome Books that Became Movies are some of the best stories ever–so a movie just makes sense!
When I start looking for a new movie to watch, a lot of times, I specifically look for books that became movies. If I’ve read the book, it’s likely that I am going to have fun watching the director’s take on a story I already enjoy.
Some of the best books were made into movies and there’s no arguing that they are all worth watching–if just to cringe at how your favorite book was butchered by someone else’s interpretation.
If you’re ready to explore some awesome books that became movies, let’s turn this page.
11 Awesome Books That Became Movies
On his 11th birthday, Harry Potter learns that he’s a powerful wizard with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Two young lovers are torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s in this Nicholas Sparks best-selling novel.
Fascinated by the mysterious and affluent Jay Gatsby, his neighbor Nick Carraway bears witness to the man’s obsessive love and spiral into tragedy.
His marriage crumbling, Nick comes home one day to find his wife has vanished. And as the police turn up the heat, shocking truths come to light.
When Bella Swan moves in with her father, she starts school and meets Edward, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire.
When she joins her boyfriend on a trip to his native Singapore, Rachel Chu discovers his family’s luxurious wealth and faces his disapproving mother.
Frodo and Sam head to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power while Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn search for the orc-captured Merry and Pippin.
From the idyllic shire of the Hobbits to the smoking chasms of Mordor, Frodo Baggins embarks on his epic quest to destroy the ring of Sauron.
Aragorn is revealed as the heir to the ancient kings as he, Gandalf, and the other members of the broken fellowship struggle to save Gondor.
George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” is the depiction of two powerful families — kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men — playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.
In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games.
If You Love Movie Adaptations of Books
I found this interactive guide that examines nine of the most popular book-to-movie transitions from the last decade. It will help you determine which version is truly the better of the two.
If you’re looking for more movies based on books, check out 30+ Netflix movies based on books for kids (for ages 11-12) and 40+ movies based on books (for kids 8-10).
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