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9 Movies That Are Based on Books ...

By Lane

It's fun to watch movies that are based on books that you have read. It's intriguing to revisit the stories and see the way in which movie producers choose to share them through film. What is even more fun is watching for changes in the storyline when the book is transferred from print media to the silver screen. Let's review some movies that are based on books.

1 Terms of Endearment

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This drama about the endearing dynamic of a mother/daughter relationship is among my favorite movies that are based on books. I watched this movie at a young age and immediately loved Aurora and Emma. The imbalance of their relationship and unconditional love is amazing. If you fall in love with this film, you should also watch The Evening Star itunes.apple.com Both novels were written by Larry McMurtry.

2 Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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Whether you are aware of not, Cameron Crowe wrote a book about his findings after going undercover at the real Ridgemont High as a student. The results were a masterpiece of literary proportions. The book was transformed into the now cult-classic film starring Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, and Phoebe Cates.

3 Die Hard

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A fact of cinematography that you might not be aware of is that Die Hard was originally called Nothing Lasts Forever, which was transformed into a screenplay in the 1970s and would've starred Frank Sinatra. The book written by Roderick Thorp was the sequel to his novel, the Detective.

4 Fried Green Tomatoes

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This heart-warming film is based on the Fanny Flagg novel shares the story the lives of four women in Alabama. It also features something that is familiar to me as I live in Alabama. The Whistle Stop Cafe is a real place, and it's located in Irondale across from the train depot. They still offer the most delicious fried green tomatoes in the state. If you ever visit Alabama, you should partake in this greatness.

5 Breakfast at Tiffany's

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The Truman Capote classic is my absolute favorite movie of all time. What you may not know is that Capote originally wanted Marilyn Monroe to star as Holly Golightly. The character in the book is actually a call girl, which was a detail that was not emphasized in the film. Although I adore the late Marilyn Monroe, I do believe that Audrey Hepburn's performance was far superior to what could have been.

6 Of Mice and Men

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The John Steinbeck classic has become a regular on most school reading lists. It has been recreated numerous times in film and remains one of the most endearing and tragic stories of friendship. Whether or not you were assigned the book as an adolescent, I guarantee you'll love it - add it to your Kindle.

7 The Devil Wears Prada

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Based on the Lauren Weisberger novel, the Devil Wears Prada is a great movie. As a fashionista I love the makeover montage. I must say, however, I really wish Wendy Finerman and Karen Rosenfelt would have used the original ending. I won't spoil it if you haven't read the book, but I'm telling you—it's so much better!

8 Dracula

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Clearly, you are aware that all adaptations of this now-classic film are based on the Bram Stoker novel. What you may not know is that there are two versions of the novel, an abridged and unabridged edition. I highly recommend that you read the unabridged novel at least once in your lifetime. It's simply wondrous.

9 Shutter Island

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The box office smash, Shutter Island is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane. The novel itself offers more complex twists and turns than the screenplay; however, let's not take anything away from Martin Scorsese and brilliant icon, Leonardo DiCaprio. This impressive cast of brilliant actors and actresses deliver stellar performances.

As a serious bookworm, I love to read books that I know are on their way to becoming feature films. It allows me to look for the left out storylines of each book. What are some of your favorite films that were transformed into motion pictures?

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