Movies Based on Books come in all imaginable genres. Some are good, some are bad, some are so-so. It seems like more often than not, they're bad, simply because they can't live up to the books. However, there are a number of movies based on books that are actually quite good. I've listed some of my very favorites, some of which I like because they follow the books fairly well and some I like because they stand up on their own. So check out these great movies based on books – hopefully you'll find something new to watch and read!
1 The Virgin Suicides
I love the novel of The Virgin Suicides, but I never thought it would be one of my favorite movies based on books. I resisted seeing it forever, because I'm not the biggest fan of Kirsten Dunst. However, I found the film absolutely breathtaking. It didn't completely match up with the book, but the core elements were pretty dead on.
2 Fried Green Tomatoes
I've long loved this movie. Mary Stuart Masterson is such a great actress, and she's adorable as Idgie! It was only within the last few years that I read the book, though – it was the first book I got on my Kindle! There are many parallels between the book and the movie, but the latter left out many charming details. I don't hate on it, however, because the changes made simply served to make the film stand more on its own.
3 The First Wives Club
I just read this book – I got it for Christmas! It's been on the top of my list of movies based on books forever, but it took me a long time to make a comparison because the book is really hard to find. And let me tell you, the two have almost nothing in common. I still love the film, I can't help it – but, again, it stands on its own. The novel, it turns out, is wonderfully dark and twisted, provocative, and filled with really great details you never hear about in the movie.
I love Truman Capote. He was a total snark master, and in spite of the way he totally dissed my beloved Audrey Hepburn, he remains one of my favorite writers. I personally think that Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance as Capote is the reason the movie followed pretty closely with the book. There are lots of differences, of course, but I love both.
I can't talk about movies based on books without discussing Trainspotting. For as wonderfully gritty as the movie is, the book is ten times more so. Of course, the book also has a young, hot, strung out Ewan McGregor, so it's kind of a toss-up. If you do love the movie, I definitely recommend the book.
Based on The Lives and Loves of a She-Devil, the comparison between this film and novel is kind of like The First Wives Club. I still love the movie, but it's charming camp comedy compared to the book. The novel is dark and twisted and full of awesome. Ruth is just … wow. She is wonderfully vile.
7 Girl, Interrupted
This is one of my favorite movies based on books. It's one of my favorite films, and one of my favorite novels. Again, total difference between details, but Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie go a long way toward making the film work.
A lot of people don't realize this is a book, and that's a shame! It's even funnier than the movie. I love the film because it's real and kind of awkward and filled with Paul Giamatti. There's no Paul in the book, of course, but there's just as much awkwardness and even more realness. Win!
Like say, there are tons of movies based on books from which to choose. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to literature and movies. Sometimes movies based on books end up being fantastic, and I hope you'll agree that these ones are awesome for various reasons. If not, that's totally cool! Just let me know which movies based on books you prefer!
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