Earlier this month, we discussed five movies and television shows based on children’s books. Today, we will discuss five adult films based on novels.
Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind is best known for the 1939 film by the same name staring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. The novel, written by Margaret Mitchell, debuted three years earlier and was on the best-sellers list for two years. Mitchell chose the setting for novel because she had heard stories of the Civil War and the years that followed from her grandmother. Gone With the Wind was her final novel
The most recent novel and film on this list, Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn debuted in 2012 and was made into a film in 2014. It, too, made it onto the best-sellers list. The main characters in the story are out-of-work writers. Flynn based their experiences on her own. The novel has been praised for its narrative and plot twists.
Published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been made into countless adaptations. The one that most closely follows the novel’s plot is Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”.
The Help is Kathryn Stockett’s debut novel. It was first published in 2009 and was made into a motion picture in 2011. Typical of most first-time novelists, it took Stockett three years and 60 agent rejections before she found representation. The success story, however, is marred somewhat. Stockett’s brother’s former maid claimed her life story was used without permission. The case was thrown out of court.
A 1975 blockbuster, the film “Jaws” was based on the book by Peter Benchley by the same name. The novel was published in 1974. Benchley was working as a freelance writer. He was about to give up when he decided to give a writing career one final try. Jaws is the result.
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