Best Book to Screen Adaptations
What's better than reading a good book and feeding it right into your brain? Well, seeing it come to life on the big screen, of course! While it's true that leaving the book's reputation to movie producers is not always the best call, we are all tempted to see timeless classics played out right before our eyes, if only for nostalgic purposes. Naturally, there are more than a few duds in this process, but that's why we're here to point out some of the best book-to-film adaptations out there.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
By J.K. Rowling
Kicking off this list is a title you would be oblivious of only if you've been living under a rock your whole life. For youngsters and veterans alike, the classic tale of boy-meets-wizarding-world never gets old, and this one is my favorite of the 'septology.' Book 4 of this masterpiece is my personal favorite, as our hero has his first real skirmish with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (and his myriad of other aliases) in the TriWizard Tournament hosted by Hogwarts.
By J.R.R Tolkien
Next on the list is another staple fantasy go-to story, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They really out-did themselves with this one; with breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable visuals, our favorite hobbit, Frodo, marches to Mordor on his action-packed quest to vanquish the Dark Lord, Sauron. Don't miss out on this beautifully produced movie (and read the books while you're at it too, of course!).
By E.L. James
Changing it up a bit (or a lot), we've got the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. This guilty pleasure of mine captivated me from the get-go, as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele's less than orthodox relationship is wonderfully and mystifyingly portrayed in this adaptation (oh yeah, and the sex is good too, small detail). Grey's dark history harbors a pain that threatens to tear apart a fateful bond before it begins, but neither of them is going to let it happen without a fight. Kinky as it may be, this duo's tale reflects most relationship hurdles in countless ways.
By Stephen King
Next up is a book so horrifyingly good, it was adapted...twice! For all you bump-in-the-night fanatics, don't miss out on the King of Terror's It. Let's be honest, who among us actually likes clowns? Nobody? Good, we're on the same page, then. Now, what if the clown was also an evil spirit that dragged small children into the depths of the town sewers to drown them? Yes, I know, it sounds a little wacky, but don't let that discourage you from following this group of kids on a masterfully written survival-adventure to calm this demon. And afterward? Follow their subsequent plight as adults to come back and finish the job when the killings suddenly pick up again.
By Michael Crichton
Last but not least, and moving on from what we all hate (darn clowns) to what we all love, we've all been head over heels about dinosaurs ever since we first learned to pick up a picture book. What's not to love about the mystical yet not-so-mystical giants? When scientists find a way to clone these prehistoric behemoths from preserved DNA, Jurassic Park is born and open to sightseers: every child's dream. But can man really contain our extinct predecessors, or will playing God have its consequences? This adaptation brings our childhood fantasies to life on the big screen, even leading to the more recent Jurassic World sequel.
Ok, readers, this has been our top picks for books-made-movies. It's always fun to compare both versions, so whether the book's in hand or screen in your face, make sure you don't skip out on these incredible productions.