Some people hate it when their favorite books are turned into movies. Some people love it. However, we cannot forget that these films are encouraging people to read the books.
A person may find themselves picking up the book if a film can make a lasting impression. At Between the Grinds, we feel these interactions are important because they encourage people to read when they normally wouldn’t open a book.
Here is a list of movies we think are worth your time.
This is a story about a precocious thirteen-year-old girl named Briony Tallis. She misinterprets the adult relationship between her eldest sister and her lover and creates an elaborate lie. As a result, the couple is torn apart and Briony must confess and atone for her sins.
In Cold Blood
This is a harrowing, true story of murder in a quaint town.Truman Capote documents the horrifying family murder and the court proceedings for the criminals in this masterpiece. Truman conveys the story with empathy for all of the individuals involved and creates a suspenseful chain of events.
Howl’s Moving Castle
Cursed by the Witch of the Waste, Sophie goes on a journey to cleanse herself of the hex. Along the way, she stumbles into a moving castle belonging to the great wizard, Howl. In order to rid herself of the enchantment, Sophie must confront the Witch of the Waste and learn to tame the cold-hearted Howl.
The Great Gatsby
This is the classic love story of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. Separated by war and wealth, the couple is finally reunited at one of Gatsby’s lavish parties. Drama ensues when Daisy’s husband catches on to their secret love affair. Fitzgerald’s story allows us a glimpse into the fascinating world of the Roaring Twenties.
The Princess Bride is a cult classic in both the film and literary world. It’s a quirky and fun tale of adventure and romance centered around Wesley and Princess Buttercup. Separated by Prince Humperdinck, Wesley and Buttercup must defy the odds to be together.
The Hunger Games
In a post-apocalyptic world, an enslaved society must send tributes from each district to fight as recompense for a rebellion. A girl named Katniss Everdeen is forced to volunteer as tribute to save her younger sister from certain death. Katniss must fight for her life in an elaborately designed colosseum against trained warriors from other districts. Only one tribute may remain at the end of the games.
Tortured and unloved as a child, a girl makes her own way in the world as a governess in the house of a mysterious man named Edward Rochester. Jane becomes entangled with Rochester but they cannot be united because of a dark secret he holds.
Roald Dahl brings us the story of a bright yet misunderstood girl named Matilda. Matilda must overcome the tyranny of her school principal, Mrs. Trunchbull, with the help of her classmates, a sweet teacher, and Matilda’s secret powers.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We couldn’t resist another Dahl book to film conversion. Charlie and the Chocolate factory has charmed children and adults for years. Chaos ensues after a very lucky boy finds the last golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Charlie tours the factory of sweets with four other beastly children and along the way they encounter otherworldly oompa loompas, chocolately disasters, and everlasting gob stoppers.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A coming of age tale about a boy named Charlie who is struggling to find friends and an identity in a new environment. He encounters two amazing friends that ease his depression and uplift him during the massive letdown that is high school. Together this trio experiences great joys and misadventures while teetering on the verge of adulthood.
We hope you enjoy our list. What are some of your favorite books that have become movies?