Hi it’s Khato T and today we are going to talk about an interesting and popular topic – book or film? Of course, there are books that cannot be compared to their film version, but on the other hand, we can say that some films are really good adaptations of books.
“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid,” writes Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey. But while there are many, many novels out there to enjoy, some are considered arguably greater or more important than others – whether for their excellent prose, thought-provoking storylines or the boundaries they broke at the time of publishing. Moreover, Books allow your mind to be creative. Also, books are much more detailed than films. A film is usually about two hours long, whereas a book can have hundreds (maybe thousands) of pages of description. Also, books develop the characters much more and add many dimensions to them, such as detailing their emotions and thoughts. Books also improve your vocabulary. You may not notice it, but while reading a brilliant novel you improve your spelling, punctuation and grammar. It has been proven that people who read more get better jobs and therefore higher salaries. And there are endless positive aspects to reading, but in this case it should be said that are these are perfect novels and their adaptations that you can watch and really enrich your knowledge and improve your thinking skills. Thankfully, the next films break the trend of bad screenings. From The Godfather to Forrest Gump, read on for movies that are as good as books they’re based on.
1. ‘THE GODFATHER’ (1972)
Don’t get us wrong, Mario Puzo’s 1969 novel is wonderful. It’s just that Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film adaptation is a damn masterpiece. (Don’t feel too bad for Puzo, though, he co-wrote the screenplay with Coppola.)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The book of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King – The highest-rated movie on IMDb, this classic is parodied (and homaged) all over the place, a favorite of both fans and critics. It’s a drama, to be sure, but as far as prison stories go, watchable and even a little hopeful.
3. Shindler’s List
Based on Thomas Kenilly’s book of the same name, Schindler’s List remains one of the creepiest films ever made. Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece, made in 1993, tells the story of one of the most horrific periods in human history with the kind of special feeling one would only expect from a director.
Liam Neeson’s performance plays on everyone’s heartstrings, reminding viewers that even in the darkest hour small spots of hope and kindness can shine through.
4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ken Keesey’s 1962 novel about patients in an Oregon mental institution was rife with memorable characters and strong imagery, and it still regularly appears on ‘most loved’ lists. The 1975 film, in which Jack Nicholson played the role of a crook who pleads insanity to avoid imprisonment, was even better. Director Milos Forman shifted some of the focus away from the book’s narrator and more on clashes of Nicholson’s McMurphy and the controlling Nurse Ratchet (a fierce Louise Fletcher). The movie was only the second in Oscar history to nab the five biggest statues—picture, actor, actress, director and screenplay—it really is that good.
5. Forrest Gump
The novel Forrest Gump, written in 1986 by Winston Groom, is almost impossible to identify as the basis for the 1994 hit film. Except for the name of the title character, the film is a completely different work, and we can’t help but be grateful for that. In the book Forrest grows up healthy and becomes an astronaut who befriends a monkey named Sue in space.
6. Hidden Figures
The 2016 non-fiction book written by Margot Lee Shetterly is certainly engaging, but it feels more like a textbook than a gripping narrative. Thankfully, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae have done an excellent job bringing NASA women Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson to life on screen. Also great work by Kevin Costner.
7. The Devil Wears Prada
Of course, it wasn’t great literature, but Lauren Weisberger’s thinly veiled 2003 novel about her first job as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue magazine was great gossip and became a huge bestseller. But David Frankel’s 2006 film turned this material from TopShop to haute couture.
There are many movies, but I present some of them that I think are the best adaptations of the books. Which are yours, write your choices.