Never judge a book by its cover. Or the movie based on it. Right? Maybe not. There have been ventures galore, trying to recreate on the celluloid, the magic of some of the most enchanting novels. And they have had their fair share of failure. But when done right, the audience is left bedazzled. In essence, movies and novels have a marriage of convenience. Whenever a movie needs a good screenplay, novels oblige. And whenever a novel needs a boost of fame, movies are always available. But the true fruits of this unison are devoured by the audiences. There have been many a times when cinema has ventured in the land of novella to find inspiration. When your favorite book transcends the walls of paper and printed ink to cinema and celluloid, it’s an orgasmic feeling! The thing with adopting a novel is to sustain its essence. The film should be equally gripping and moving for the audience.
The thought of cashing in through the most popular bestsellers is beguiling, but it is not as easy as it seems. The path is full of challenges, and the responsibility enormous. For making the text speak and shine on screen, without losing the spirit or the splendor, is not a walk in the park. There have been several instances where the end product hasn’t been quite the same.
However, every once in a while, the celluloid is bedaubed with a piece that hits the sweet spot. Some of these have even transcended the horizons of popularity set by the books so much so that they have overshadowed the popularity of books themselves. Be it animating the characters, bringing to life the visual splendor, or creating sub-stories for the plot, these movies have ticked all boxes. The adoption of such films requires due diligence and care. Voracious readers love their characters. And the ones who see as they read, are the ones who are meticulous with the details. The following movies have not only managed to be evocative in itself as motion pictures, but have also lived up-to the measure of the novels. Here is the list of top movies adapted from books and do justice to the novels they are based on. You can watch some of these several of these movies based on books on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
25. The Pianist (2003)
‘The Pianist’ is based on the eponymous autobiographical memoir of a Polish-jewish pianist who survived the Holocaust. The film is directed by Roman Polanski (who himself is a Holocaust survivor), and stars Adrien Brody. The book is one of the most popular memoirs of the holocaust, and the movie gets successful in its portrayal of the struggle for survival. It went on to win three Academy awards including the Best Actor and Best Director. It is one of those unforgettable movies that can never be extirpated from your memory. It never tries to foist sentiments, instead portrays what the pianist saw and experienced. It bewitches you and enthralls you, as he survives through his stoicism and good luck.
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24. The Notebook (2003)
‘The Notebook’ lends its script from the 1996 bestseller by Nicholas spark of the same name. Starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, the film is a heartwarming romantic drama at its core. The movie unfolds as an ailing old codger finds his fellow nursing home resident smitten by his love story. The love story is set in the 1940s and it dares to portray the love of old times, which rendered every scintilla of heart wavering, in these times of hook-ups. The movie preserves the spirit and the warmth of the book. It fared high at the box-office, and reached heights in terms of popularity. The film has been considered one of the better romantic dramas of the 2000s. It has reached the cult status ever since its release, much like the book.