Before cinema existed, literature already served as a means of escape to fantastic worlds and realities different from our own – in addition to fostering the critical reflection of those who dared to accept the invitation to engage in storytelling. incredible.
And it is clear that literature would not exist without its target audience and, for this reason, on January 7, World Reader’s Day is celebrated.
With that in mind, CinePOP has put together a short list of 15 Great Movie Adaptations You Must Check Out. While most reinterpretations for the big screen are lacking and fail to capture the essence of the original novels, some of them are exceptional in the work they’ve done and deserve our attention.
Check out our picks below and let us know which is your favorite:
Book: Harry Potter, by JK Rowling
The story of the most famous little wizard of all time hit the big screen four years after the publication of the first book, “A Pedra Filosofal”. Critically acclaimed and extending its legacy to the present day, the ‘Harry Potter’ saga was created by JK Rowling and has delighted viewers of all ages, while eternalizing Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as Harry , Ron and Hermione, respectively.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS
Book: The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
Easily one of the greatest and most respected trilogies of all time, “The Lord of the Rings” is shaping up not only as one of the most important literary sagas in fantasy literature, but also as one of the most important literary sagas in fantasy literature. most successful movie franchises in movie history. . Winning no less than 17 statuettes at the Oscars, the tale centers on Middle-earth and revolves around a group of warriors who battle the forces of darkness and tell the story of the dangerous Sauron.
Book: The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Anyone who has never heard of Katniss Everdeen has likely slept under a rock in recent years. The protagonist of the dystopian ‘Hunger Games’ saga, Katniss was immortalized by Jennifer Lawrence in the Cinematic Quadrilogy and has won countless fans across the globe. The plot takes place in the fictional nation of Panem, founded after a terrible civil war. La Capitale, victorious in the war, demands that each of the Districts, which have emerged as losers, offer as a “sacrifice” a couple of young people to participate in the Hunger Games (a kind of gladiatorial competition where only one person can come out alive).
Book: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
The Louisa May Alcott classic has won numerous film and TV adaptations, but here we’re referring to the recent 2019 release, directed by Greta Gerwig. The plot, set in the years following the Civil War in the United States, revolves around Jo March and her three other sisters – who meet after a tragedy strikes the family and face the transition from teenage to adult life together.
Book: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
England, 1797. The five Bennet sisters – Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia, Mary and Kitty – were raised by a mother who was obsessed with finding husbands for her future. But Elizabeth wants to have a wider life than just devoting herself to her husband, being supported by her father. When M. Bingley, a wealthy bachelor, moves to a nearby mansion, the sisters quickly becoming restless. Jane soon seems to win the heart of her new neighbor, while Elizabeth meets the handsome and posh Mr. Darcy. The encounters between Elizabeth and Darcy are becoming more and more constant, although they still argue.
Book: Rotten Asians of the Rich, Kevin Kwan
Rachel Chu is an economics professor in the United States and has been dating Nick Young for some time. When Nick invites Rachel to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore, he forgets to tell his girlfriend that as heir to a fortune he is one of the most eligible singles in the place, putting Rachel in the spotlight. line of sight of other contestants and Nick’s mother, who disapproves of dating.
THE COLOR PURPLE
Book: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
This epic spans 40 years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survived her father’s abuse and intolerance. After her father marries the degrading Mr Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse. Celie seeks companionship wherever she can. Persevering, she keeps her dream of one day finding her sister in Africa.
Book: The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger
Andy, a young graduate with big dreams, will work for the famous fashion magazine Runway; your job is to be the wizard of the evil Miranda Priestly. Andy, who is uncomfortable in the tense work environment, questions his ability to continue as Miranda’s assistant.
Book: The Godfather, Mario Puzo
A milestone in literature and film, The Godfather trilogy is an iconic criminal epic directed by Francis Ford Coppola and a stellar cast. The story is considered a turning point in the entertainment industry and spans ten years of narrative, telling the daily life of the Corleone family under the command of Patriarch Vito and the transformation of their son, Michael, into a leader. ruthless mafia.
Book: Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
Paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler and mathematician Ian Malcolm are among a select group chosen to visit an island inhabited by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. Project inventor and billionaire John Hammond assures everyone that the facility is completely safe. But after a power failure, visitors gradually discover that several fierce predators are roaming free and hunting.
Book: Dune, Frank Herbert
Inspired by Frank Herbert’s series of books, ‘Dune’ is set in the distant future. Duke Leto Atreides administers the desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, the sole source of the rare substance called “mixture,” used to extend human life, attain the speed of light, and bestow superhuman powers. To this he sends his son, Paul Atreides, a bright and talented young man born to have a great destiny beyond his imagination, and his servants and concubine Lady Jessica, who is also a Bene Gesserit. They go to Dune to secure the future of their families and their people. However, a bitter betrayal by possession of the mixture prompts Paul and Jessica to flee to the planet-native Fremen who live in the far corners of the desert.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Book: The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Dorothy and her dog Toto are taken to the magical land of Oz when a cyclone passes by her grandparents’ farm in Kansas. They travel to the Emerald City to meet the Magician Oz and along the way meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a heartless tin man, and a cowardly lion who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring the Wicked Witch of the West’s Broom to enlist their help.
Book: Mary Poppins, PL Travers
London, 1910. A banker, George Banks, decides to write an ad asking for a nanny, after Michael and Jane, their children, disappear again and force Katie Nanna, the nanny, to resign. Trying to control the situation Winifred, George’s wife, does everything to calm her husband, but her head is turned to defend the rights of the woman. The kids also wrote an ad, quite different from the one George plans to hire, so much so that after reading it, he tears it into eight pieces and throws it in the fireplace, finding it too whimsical. However, the pieces of paper miraculously fly together to a nearby cloud, where a very special person is located: Mary Poppins. The next day, many nanny candidates arrive, but a mysterious wind blows them away before being interviewed. Next is Mary Poppins, who descends from the clouds to the Banks house, using a magic umbrella as a parachute. She meets Mr. Banks and agrees to take the job. Michael and Jane are fascinated by Mary Poppins because she is exactly the babysitter they always dreamed of.
Book: A Dream of Freedom, Stephen King
Andy Dufresne is sentenced to two consecutive life sentences for the death of his wife and her lover. However, only Andy knows that he did not commit the crimes. In prison, for nineteen years, he befriends Red, endures the brutalities of prison life, adapts and helps the jailers.
THE LITERARY SOCIETY AND THE POTATO PIE
Book: Annie Barrows
Juliet Ashton is a 1946 London writer who decides to visit Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands invaded by Germany during WWII, after receiving a letter from a farmer recounting how a local book club has was founded during the war. . There, she forged deep relationships with the islanders and decided to write a book about their war experiences.
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