Some of the best movies of all time have been based on some pretty amazing books.
Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Age of Innocence are just a few of the unforgettable, and even award-winning, films that have been adapted from novels.
The trend of book-to-film adaptation shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, this year is proving to be a great year for movies based on books.
2019 Movies Based on Books: 6 Movies to See (and Books to Read)
Readers who loved the books will, at the very least, appreciate the efforts of the movie makers – after all, some readers argue that the movies are never as good as the book.
Those who haven’t had a chance to read the books will likely be intrigued enough to download the audiobooks, which will provide a broader backstory and more details than the movie had time to explore.
Here are some of the exciting movies based on books that are being released in 2019.
1. Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer has been adapted to film by Disney. The sci-fi/fantasy (which is actually a series of eight novels and a graphic novel adaptation) story follows Artemis Fowl, a 12-year-old master criminal.
Artemis finds a fairy and holds her for a ransom from the Fairy People. In the end, though, Artemis must work with the Fairy People to save his father from the Russian mafia.
Throughout the series, Artemis grows and helps the Fairy People resolve conflicts that end up having ramifications worldwide.
2. The Woman in the Window
Anyone interested in psychological thrillers should try The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. The film stars Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, and Gary Oldman.
The story has a similar feel to Rear Window – which, if they haven’t already, movie-lovers need to see ASAP! It’s intense, uncomfortable, and edge-of-your-seat.
Anna, a woman suffering from agoraphobia, might’ve witnessed a violent crime while spying on her neighbors. She’s torn, wondering if she should contact the police or not. The medication she takes can, at times, cause hallucinations, so she’s not sure she really witnessed anything.
When detectives come to investigate, facts are revealed about Anna’s life that makes her question herself even more. But there’s a part of her that still believes the screams she heard
3. The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
While the film won’t be able to cover every detail outlined in the nearly-800-word book, critics are saying the two-and-a-half-hour movie is doing a good job of getting the story across.
The story follows Theo, a young boy who lives through a bombing at an art gallery, which kills his mother. Left emotionally adrift, the boy is cared for by friends. Eventually, though, his father comes into the picture and takes him away to Las Vegas. As the story progresses, Theo grows up to become an art forger.
The Goldfinch is a story of obsession and intrigue, one that will keep readers/watchers engaged during the entire film/book. Thankfully, the movie isn’t as obsessed with details as the book (one reason why it’s so darn long!), which is the biggest criticism the book has received.
4. Little Women
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is a well-loved classic and has been adapted at least three times for film. It’s the story of four sisters and their journey from childhood to adulthood. The story explores their sibling rivalries, which pushes them apart, and what brings them together, including happy moments and heartbreaking tragedy.
5. Five Feet Apart
Probably one of the sadder films on this list is inspired by the book Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. The story is about two teenagers who meet and fall in love. Why is it sad? It’s because both teens have cystic fibrosis. They meet in a hospital and can’t have any physical contact. In fact, they can’t even come within five feet of each other due to compromised immune systems.
According to one IMDB reviewer (who has cystic fibrosis), this film accurately represents the disease, as well as the bacterial concerns. While not 100% accurate, the film has been made in a way that is not offensive, even though the characters are willing to break the rule about staying five feet apart.
6. The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild is a classic adventure story written by Jack London back in 1903. Like Little Women, Call of the Wild is a story that has been re-told multiple times – and for good reason. The story is timeless. The story is exciting and heartwarming. It’s well-written and takes a philosophical view of life. In fact, London said he found himself in the Klondike, the experience he drew upon to write this story.
Fall and Winter – the Ideal Time to Catch Up on Great Books and Movies
Fall and winter are nearly here. Why is this important to book lovers? It’s because this is the perfect time of year to curl up in a comfy chair with a cozy blanket and read a good book. Or, to listen to a fascinating audiobook while on a walk or bike ride on a crisp, sunny, autumn morning.
With the days getting shorter and darkness setting in earlier in the day, this is the best time of year to enjoy the cinema.
When it comes to movies based on books, book lovers have plenty to choose from this year. Take some time during the upcoming cooler seasons to relax and enjoy a good book, an epic audiobook, or an exciting movie. These are the treats needed to make the darker, cooler time of year even more enjoyable.
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