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17 Amazing Classic books to read rather watch movies based on them

17 Amazing Classic Books You Should Read Before Watching The Movies Based On Them.

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There is nothing better than curling up in your favourite recliner with good books and letting yourself get carried away into a completely different world. A world not your own. Many will concur that reading novels is different from watching the movie adaptation since you develop a connection with the characters as the plot and their emotions develop.

It’s not unusual for readers to become so engrossed in a novel that they really cry, laugh, flush, or shout when their favorite character experiences various life events. Having said that, there are 17 incredible books you must read before seeing the movie! Not only to be prepared for what will happen, but also to contrast your idea of the character with how they are portrayed in the film.

Books Vs Series/Movies

1. Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune Book

Movie Released: 1984 and 2021

Book Published: 1965

A masterwork of science fiction, Dune was first released as two distinct serials in a magazine. The story takes place in a world in the desert where the sole important resource is medication that can lengthen life and improve consciousness. The action is focused on the family’s heir, who is tasked with ruling this world. The narrative blends politics and environmentalism and provides the foundation for a lot of the science fiction that has been produced in the 50 years since its release. Denis Villeneuve’s 2021 film adaptation, starring Timothée Chalamet and Oscar Isaac, was widely praised even though it may be difficult to take the 1980s movie seriously.

2. The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord Of The Rings  books

Movie Released: 2001 to 2014

Book Published: 1937 to 1955

One of the most popular series ever written is this massive fantasy epic, which was released between 1937 (The Hobbit) and 1955 (The Return of the King). With just The Hobbit, almost 140 million copies have been sold. This is one of the best examples of world-building ever seen in literature, with elves and orcs, dwarfs and trolls, humans and wizards, and much more. The Lord of the Rings books have been adapted for radio, stage, and most notably as a beloved series of movies.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles Of Narnia Books

Movie Released: 2005 to 2010

Book Published: 1950 to 1956

The Chronicles of Narnia is a collection of seven fantasy novels by British author C.S. Lewis, starting chronologically with The Magician’s Nephew and ending with the enormously popular The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Epic battles between good and evil, breathtakingly inventive creatures, shocking betrayals, and lovely friendships all take place in this captivating, fantasy universe. This outstanding work has been adapted for radio, television, the stage, computer games, and even film.

4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather

Movie Released: 1972, 1974, and 1990

Book Published: 1969

If everyone reads the 1969 crime novel by Mario Puzo, you’ll organise a screening of the Godfather movies. One may say that out of all the texts adapted into films, this one is the best. After all, it’s a well-known piece of literature that has inspired not one, but two of the greatest movies ever created. The Corleone family and the brutal underworld they live in as the heart of the American mafia are the focus of the book and movies, both of which were co-written by Francis Ford Coppola and author Mario Puzo.

5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Life Of Pie

Movie Released: 2012

Book Published: 2001

A child named Pi Patel and a stunning Bengal tiger share a small boat for more than 200 days following a shipwreck in this fantasy book, which is set at sea. The book discusses spirituality and provides a detailed description of life at sea in the Pacific. With more than 10 million copies sold worldwide and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, the book was a huge success. The breathtakingly stunning Ang Lee picture was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won four of them, which is more than any other movie from 2012. It also counts as one of the best books that have been transformed into movies.

6. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Fight Club

Movie Released: 1999

Book Published: 1996

In a modest statement, Chuck Palahniuk stated that he thought David Fincher’s 1999 adaptation of his 1996 novel with the same name, starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, was superior to it. He added, “I was sort of embarrassed by the book because the movie had streamlined the plot and made it so much more effective and made connections that I had never thought to make.” Nevertheless, this contemporary classic, which is written from the viewpoint of a nameless protagonist, pulls no punches. It’s packed with physical energy, disturbing imagery, and commentary on male aggression, mental illness, and psychotherapy.

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Movie Released: 2012

Book Published: 1878

Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina is frequently regarded as the finest book ever written, and for good reason. Tolstoy tells his expansive tale without employing overbearing morals, touching on topics like adultery, love, humanity, and life in Russia while also introducing subtle undertones of mental illness. Instead, he invites the reader to observe these lives as a voyeur, without passing judgement on the shortcomings of his characters. The 2012 adaptation, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Domhnall Gleason, is the most imaginative and opulently filmed of the four movies that have attempted to depict Tolstoy’s weighty work—at 864 pages, it certainly isn’t a short novel.

8. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Brokeback Mountain

Movie Released: 2005

Book Published: 1997

This short story, which was first released in The New Yorker on October 13, 1997, won the National Magazine Award for Fiction in 1998. In a time and profession where gay love is stigmatised, it focuses on the enduring power of love and the complexity of love between two men. Although Brokeback Mountain is now published as a brief independent novel, it was originally part of Annie Proulx’s brilliant 1999 short story collection, Close Range. The harrowingly potent movie, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger, highlights the ideas of the novel for viewers who would not have read Proulx’s language.

9. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Movie Released: 2013

Book Published: 1925

This frequently misunderstood narrative, which takes place in America’s Jazz Age, is about unbridled wealth, obsessional love, and extravagant parties. It’s writing, which few authors have been able to match, and its misleading portrayal of what the American dream actually entails have earned it recognition as one of the great works of the 20th century. Thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio’s portrayal of Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan’s expertly created Daisy Buchanan, the most recent attempt to depict F. Scott Fitzgerald’s world on screen succeeds.

10. Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott

Little Women

Movie Released: 2019

Book Published: 1868–1869

Little Women is a timeless and consistently relevant coming-of-age tale that was first released in two parts. The March sisters show familial love and a tie that will not be shattered by the Civil War that is raging close to their New England home with a tomboy author-to-be, a weak but beautiful sister, and the hopeless romantic. It’s a classic story that would be perfect for a mother-daughter book group. With numerous nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Saoirse Ronan), Best Supporting Actress (Florence Pugh), and Best Adapted Screenplay, the most recent Little Women adaptation serves the book and its author proud (Greta Gerwig).

11. Schindler’s list by Thomas Keneally

Schindler's list

Movie Released: 1993

Book Published: 1982

The film adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s book by Steven Spielberg ranks among the most profoundly moving works of art ever created. The film vividly shows one of history’s most horrifying incidents, serving as a reminder of just how low humanity can fall and the small remnants of goodness that can yet endure. The Holocaust is depicted in Spielberg’s film as a slowly building wave of fear and genocide, portrayed in ominous, dismal black and white. Spielberg changed the chronology of the book and cruelly edited content, but also intensified the severity of the event.

12. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

Movie Released: 2000

Book Published: 1991

The violent, horrifying book by Bret Easton Ellis is a cutting satire on the rife greed and heartlessness that swept through many areas of the nation in the 1980s. The movie explores many of the same issues, but it also has a dark humour component that emphasises how ridiculous all of its characters are. Unavoidably, the power of the novel and the movie has divided their respective fans.

13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks Of Being A Wall Flower

Movie Released: 2012

Book Published: 1999

Author Stephen Chbosky released his well-known tale in 1999, and it quickly became a hit with many young adults. Chbosky always envisioned turning his book into a movie script. In a moving movie that even the most ardent book fans adore, writer-director Stephen Chbosky addressed the book’s challenging themes of drug use and shattered friendships more than ten years later with the assistance of producer John Malkovich. The all-star cast, which includes Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller, and Kate Walsh, only improves the source material.

14. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

Wonder Boys

Movie Released: 2000

Book Published: 1995

Wonderful writing, entertaining characters, and fantastic moments abound in Michael Chabon’s book about a writer who can’t seem to finish his second novel, which has ballooned to thousands of unpublishable pages. Additionally, it is inside. Fortunately, Chabon urged screenwriter Steve Kloves to personalise the narrative; as a result, Kloves drastically cut down on the amount of material and revised some of the minor elements. These adjustments, together with Michael Douglas’ absolutely outstanding performance, elevate this adaptation to the level of a masterpiece with each passing year.

15. Goodfellas based on Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi


Movie Released: 1990

Book Published:1985

The original title of Nicholas Pileggi’s book was Wiseguy, and Pillegi and Martin Scorsese collaborated so closely on the screenplay that they were given equal writing credit. The book’s events are taken from the movie then compressed, dispersed, and arranged to create a fast-paced, thrilling cinematic experience. As a result, using the same building materials, two incredibly distinct and wonderful experiences are produced.

16. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Next by Ken Kesey

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Next

Movie Released: 1975

Book Published: 1962

The 1975 film adaptation of Ken Kesey’s book by Milo Forman serves as an illustration of a work that is utterly untrue to its source material yet still manages to be remarkable in its own right. In the movie, Jack Nicholson’s unpredictable McMurphy replaces the book’s massive, silent Chief as the central character and narrator. In addition, it makes McMurphy seem more like a prankster than the brutal, immoral criminal from the book. The movie is almost as important as the book despite this tampering and received five major Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay).

17. The Silence Of The Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Silence Of The Lambs

Movie Released: 1991

Book Published: 1988

Most features of Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’s book are extremely similar to the original, but there are two significant changes: Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. All you have to do is say the name “Clarice” with Hopkins’s recognisable inflexions, and everyone will know what you’re referring to. The performances by these two actors are so excellent, so memorable, and so viscerally convincing that they transformed a dark, twisting thriller into a permanent pillar of pop culture.

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