Once you’ve read a good story it will be etched in your memory for a long time. So it is no surprise that book lovers usually fall in love with the book version before any movie version comes out. Eventually they also end up debating between which one really fared better – the book or the movie? We may be able to give you some answers to that question so check out this list we’ve compiled of some best-sellers that have been turned into movies.
1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyers
It came in four books which captured the hearts of most young girls out there and even full grown women. Who didn’t enjoy the story of a girl who fell in love with a vampire and later struggled to choose between the cold one or the hot blooded wolf? So when the first movie came out every female who read the book was dying to watch it only to be disappointed by the rather mediocre performance. Though Edward Cullen lived up to his looks and manner, something fell short. Still, that didn’t stop us from watching the four remaining movies that came afterwards and falling in love with the whole story all over again.
2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
A fantasy trilogy that most likely made young movie goers want to read the books only after watching the movies (at least I did). The first movie: The Fellowship of The Rings was done so beautifully it received 13 Academy award nominations bagging four wins and since then everyone was hooked. Sales of the books shot up; decades after the book was long written. If you read them you’ll agree that it transports you to an ancient time and is told in a language so rich with descriptions it allows you to imagine every detail Tolkien is trying to convey. Engaging and intriguing, it is a must read either before or after you watch the movie. We recommend tackling all the books and watching all the movies to complete the whole experience.
3. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
One of the best sellers of all time, this controversial novel by Dan Brown is another must read. A hard to put down book it takes you on a whirlwind adventure of codes and secrets while putting you at the edge of your seat, or bed, as you read it. The movie on the other hand, tries to capture all the urgency and suspense and like most movies, is able to show us the parts you only imagined when you read it. But somehow the movie’s dramatic scenes are no match for the thrill you get from reading the book so we believe with this one all credits go to the book.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is undeniably one of the most romantic stories of all time and like any great story, it just had to be made into a movie. In fact this classic novel written in 1813 has been turned into numerous movies, adaptations and even gone to Bollywood. Thus its popularity should convince you of how epic a story it is. If you’re interested in the movie we recommend the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley as the heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. We believe the movie captures all that the story holds and will leave you smiling even after the credits stop rolling. But which one is the best? I’d say both novel and film deserve equal praise.
5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Any story that reads like a diary is fun to read because you get to go into the mind of the person writing it. When this gets translated into a movie it makes the experience even better and that’s what you get when you watch this delightful tale come to life. Though Bridget Jones may not be your typical heroine she sure is able to win the hearts of readers and viewers so we’d like to give two thumbs up for this ultimate chick lit and chick flick.
So change into some comfy clothes, curl up on your favourite sofa and start reading or watching what we’ve recommended and test it yourself. Experiencing both versions will not be a waste of time because if one of it sucks, it’ll be a great topic for discussion when you hang out with the girls, don’t you think? Have you read and watched something too? Which one did you enjoy most? Do share it with us down below.