In this fast-paced, ever-changing world, there is one thing that never changes; and that is our love for telling and hearing more and more stories. We have entered a technological era where the most common and the fastest way of telling stories is through the visual medium, i.e. Movies, TV Shows, etc. Yet, there are those who are relentlessly loyal to the magic of written words. The former does not see the appeal of the later. And the later is critical of the former, as a visual adaptation can rarely live up to its original source. But there are those rare times when a movie happens to be as good as the book it’s adapted from, if not an improvement. So, I present to you, few must-watch movie adaptations of books. Watch first. Or Read first. It would make no difference; you are guaranteed to enjoy both
Time Traveler's Wife (2003, 2009)Audrey Niffenegger (author) tells a captivating story of Henry DeTamble (portrayed by Eric Bana), who suffers from Chrono-impairment, a rare genetic disorder which causes him to involuntarily travel through time; and his wife, Claire Abshire (portrayed by Rachel McAdams), who struggles to keep herself sane throughout their relationship and marriage from the complications caused by his disorder
Stardust (1999, 2007)Neil Gaiman (author) shares the adventures of Tristan Thorn, who promises his beloved Victoria to retrieve the fallen star from beyond the Wall, a boundary that exists between his village and the magical kingdom of Stormhold. But, unbeknownst to him, he is not the only one who is looking for the star
The Lord of the Rings (1954, 2001)J.R.R. Tolkien (author) tells one of the most loved epics of four Hobbits, a Wizard, two Men, an Elf and a Dwarf, together comprising the fellowship, in their quest to destroy the One Ring that belongs to the Dark Lord Sauron. But the fellowship is soon broken, and its divided members travel on different paths into dangerous battles and trying situations to save Middle-earth. Starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler and Hugo Weaving, among others.
The Book Thief (2005, 2013)Markus Zusak (author) recounts the story, from Death's perspective, of young Liesel, who, while facing the terrors of World War II, finds relief in stealing books and sharing them with others. At the same time, a Jewish refugee is being hidden by her adoptive parents in the basement of their home. Starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999, 2012)Stephen Chbosky (author) tells the story of an introverted Charlie, who enters high school with scepticism and is taken in by his seniors who introduce him to the real world. Charlie struggles through his social life and inner battles as things unfold before him. Starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012, 2015)Jesse Andrews (author) shares the story of Greg Gaines, a socially awkward teenager, who spends most of his time making films with Earl, and deliberately being practically invisible at school. His plans are foiled when he is forced by his mother to befriend Rachel, who suffers from leukaemia, which causes an undying friendship to be formed between them. Starring Olivia Cooke, Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler.
The Little Prince (1943, 2015)The 2015 animated adaptation of The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (author) takes it up a notch and adds a whole new level to the wonderful world of the Little Prince. The movie recounts the struggles of a little girl, who lives in a grown up world, and is introduced by her neighbour to the sublime world where anything is possible
Ender's Game (1985, 2013)Orson Scott Card (author) tells the story of a gifted young strategist names Ender Wiggin, who is recruited by the International Fleet to save earth by defeating a genocidal alien race adamant on obliterating the mankind. Part of a four book series, the movie is standalone without the possibility of sequels. Starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley and Abigail Breslin.
The Hobbit (1937, 2012)Another story by J.R.R Tolkien (author) recounting the adventures of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and a group of Dwarves, who set out to reclaim their home, The Lonely Mountain, and the gold within, from the dragon Smaug. The story recounts how Bilbo finds the Ring which falls out of the hands of the wretched Golem. Starring Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman.