Best books turned movies/seriesBest Books Turned Movies

Kalynn Schwandt (Writer)


A description of my top 10 reads and their films that are in season year round

Simply put, books are a transformative work that have endless possibilities and meanings as well as educational abilities. Year after year, books are adapted into movies for the big screen to bring the storyline to life. Here are my top 10 books turned movies, broken down: For the Classic Reader: Little Women By Louisa May Alcott (1868) Movie Adaptations: Over 10 adaptations, but most recent is Greta Gerwig’s (2019). Little Women is a timeless classic that depicts love, life and loss during the 1860s and beyond. With the 2019 cast of Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Emma Watson and more, how can you not love this version? The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) Movie Adaptations: With multiple adaptations, the most recent big screen version was directed by Baz Luhrmann (2013). The Great Gatsby remains popular and well known over 90 years after the book was published. With Leo and a killer soundtrack, this definitely adds to the hype. For the boss woman: Hidden Figures By Margot Lee Shetterly (2016) Movie Adaptation: Directed by Theodore Melfi (2017). Hidden Figures is a story and film based on the story story of three African-American women that worked for NASA. Through racism and sexism in the 1960s, these women worked to send astronaut John Glenn into space. This is a story and movie that needs to be shared with anyone and everyone! Hidden Figures is available on Disney Plus. Devil Wears Prada By Lauren Weisberger (2003) Movie Adaptation: Directed by David Frankel (2006) The Devil Wears Prada is a story known and loved by many. As Andy (Anne Hathaway) discovers her potential (and the lack of her boyfriend’s!) , she earns the respect of her boss and accomplishes her fashion-forward dreams. For the hopeless romantic: The Notebook By Nicholas Sparks (1996) Movie Adaptation: Directed by Nick Casssavetes (2004). The Notebook is a romantic classic. Ryan Gossling and Rachel McAdams perfectly portray the vibe established by sparks in the novel. While most (if not all) of Sparks’ work is for the hopeless romantic, this was one I could not leave out. The Notebook is available on Netflix. Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan (2013) Movie Adaptation: Directed by Jon M. Chu (2018) The extraordinary life of Nicholas Young and his family is perfectly transformed from book to the big screen in Crazy Rich Asians. The forebidden romance, affair and other twists and turns along the way keeps you on your toes. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han (2014) Movie Adaptation: Netflix original directed by Susan Johnson (2018) An innocent and sweet love story you can’t help but love! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before made it’s way to fame after Han’s work adapted to the Netflix platform. The three book series now has two out of three movies released. For the middle school nostalgia feel: The Fault in Our Stars By John Green (20120 Movie Adaptation: Directed by Josh Boone (2014). The Fault in Our Stars is a go-to romance story that can be found on Disney Plus. Watching it makes me feel like I am back in middle school, obsessing over Ansel Elgort again, haha! I have watched this more recently than I would like to admit… The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins (2008) Movie Adaptation: Directed by Francis Lawrence and Gary Ross (2012) Am I the only one that felt like the beginning of their teens was consumed with The Hunger Games Series? I wish I could go back to when the hardest decision I had to make was whether I was Team Peeta or Team Gale… The Hunger Games is available on Amazon Prime Video. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants By Ann Brashares (2001) Movie Adaptation: Directed by Ken Kwapis (2005) The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series makes you want to grab your best friends and hold them tight. The beauty and harmony between these four best friends is unmatched. Also, anything with Blake Lively? Count me in. While there are countless amounts of book to movie adaptations, these are the top 10 that immediately stuck out to me. What are your favorite books to movies?

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