Before movies ever came into picture, there wasn’t much people could do in terms of entertainment. Well, let me correct myself. People did find entertainment — in books, in theater and in sports. But ultimately all of them combined to become the greatest form of entertainment as we know it. How? You might ask. When you think about it, what is a movie comprised of? Isn’t it an amalgamation of writing, performance and spectacle? So, there you go. Having said that, I believe books are really the true ancestors of cinema. Unless a writer puts words on paper, there is no film. And even though cinema is deemed a directors medium — which it is — I believe it is also a writer’s imagination that kickstarts any film.
While there are several many screenwriters who believe in writing films from scratch, there are others who like to adapt an already tried and tested story into films. I don’t think there should be even a discussion on which method is better — because both are different and don’t guarantee film’s fate one way or the other. Ultimately, the motive is to bring a good story to the screen; it doesn’t matter if that story from an already published book. As you would see in the below list, there are tons of great films that were adapted from books. In certain cases, movies actually turned out to be better than books they were inspired from. Today’s list deals in some of the really good book-to-movie adaptations that are streaming on Netflix. Several of these great movies based on books can also be watched on Amazon Prime or Hulu.
16. The Reader (2008)
Based on the 1995 German novel of the same name by Bernhard Schlink, ‘The Reader’ is emotionally as impactful as it is (or could be termed as) sexy. The story is set across two timelines in between the 1950’s through the 1990’s Germany and is centred around a lawyer Michael Berg and a woman named Hanna with whom Berg had a physical relationship as a teenager in the 50’s. As the intensity soars between the teenager and Hanna who was in her late 30’s back then, Michael would often read to her (after their sex) and she would listen. As she’s prosecuted 30 years later for a crime she allegedly did not commit, Hanna hangs herself to death before her jail term ends. Tragic, heartbreaking yet sexy and sensuous, ‘The Reader’ is one of the most intriguing and consuming movies on this list.
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15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)