I love reading. Since I was four years old, characters from books have been some of my best friends. Usually, I am against the concept of turning books into movies. However, I sometimes have to make an exception.
Sometimes, Hollywood gets it right. Sometimes, they manage to take a fabulous book and turn it into an even better movie. Here is a list of 20 great books and movies. Since I am such a fan of reading, I suggest you pick up the book first. But no matter what version you select, these works of art are bound to entertain.
Some of these selections are kid friendly, some are for more adult audiences. Check the rating of each to make sure it is acceptable for you and your fellow viewers.
- Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros.)
- The Hunger Games series (Suzanne Collins, Lionsgate)
- Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer, Summit Entertainment)
- The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Touchstone Pictures)
- To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee, Universal Pictures)
- Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, Universal Pictures)
- The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold, Paramount Pictures)
- Water for Elephants (Sara Greun, 20th Century Fox)
- The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Warner Bros. Pictures)
- The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown, Columbia Pictures)
- Lord of the Rings series (J.R.R. Tolkien, New Line Cinema)
- The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks, New Line Cinema)
- The Princess Bride (William Goldman, 20th Century Fox)
- Little Women (Louisa May Alcott, Columbia Pictures)
- Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert, Columbia Pictures)
- Holes (Louis Sachar, Walt Disney Pictures)
- Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White, Paramount Pictures)
- The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd, Fox Searchlight Pictures)
- Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden, Columbia Pictures DreamWorks)
- The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger, 20th Century Fox)
The next time you want to enjoy a work of art, grab one of these books. Enjoy the artistic experience the author created. Then, compare and contrast to the movie version. Afterwards, let us know what you think. Does the movie enhance or detract from the written work? Which artistic endeavor did you prefer?