Many films are adapted from books. You must be familiar with the Harry Potter books, The Hunger Games, and Little Women. The success of the books has inspired many studios to adapt them to the big screen. Indeed, books have long been a source of inspiration for films, especially if they are very popular.
There are many films whose popularity outweighs the popularity of the book. Many people don’t know that some classic films are actually adaptations of books. What are those films? Let’s take a look at five films adapted from books!
1. Jurassic Park (1993)
Everyone knows about this series of films about the rebirth of the dinosaurs. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the first Jurassic Park film caught the attention of international audiences. It seems that many people like to watch and imagine what it would be like if a theme park was formed with living dinosaurs as the main attraction.
Despite its success, it turns out that not many people know that this film is an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s novel of the same title. Published in 1990, this book has been cited as a critique or warning of Crichton’s dangerous potential for science. Five years after the publication of the first book, the sequel “The Lost World” was written and has been adapted into a film as well.
2. Jaws (1975)
Prior to directing Jurassic Park, Steven Spielberg had worked on films about other terrifying animals. Jaws is a classic film that tells the story of a shark that terrorizes a small town. Just like Jurassic Park, Jaws is an adaptation of a book.
The book Jaws was written by Peter Benchley and published in 1974. Benchley said he was inspired by several incidents, one of which was the shark attack on the Jersey Shore. The suspense of this book captured the attention of many readers and placed Jaws on the best-seller list for 44 weeks. Despite the positive response, some readers were also concerned that the depiction of the ferocity of sharks in this story would amplify the public’s fear and hatred of the animal.
3. Forrest Gump (1994)
Since its release in 1994, Forrest Gump has become one of the most iconic characters Tom Hanks has ever played. Millions of viewers have been captivated by Forrest, who has a low IQ but is often full of wisdom and humor. Forrest Gump’s films have won six Academy Awards, including the Best Picture award.
The success of the film was not separated from the role of Winston Groom, the author of the novel Forrest Gump. Groom’s book was published in 1986 and generally has the same storyline as the film. In fact, there are some Forrest adventures that can only be found in books, such as Forrest’s activities as a boxer and Forrest’s togetherness with an ape named Sue. This book is also interesting because Groom accentuates the way Forrest speaks by deliberately putting out a few grammatical errors.
4. Legally Blonde (2001)
All chick flick movie lovers must be familiar with the Legally Blonde movie. In this film, Reese Witherspoon plays Elle Woods, a beautiful and feminine woman who enters Harvard Law School to follow her idol. The film is said to have increased the interest of many women in the legal world.
Interestingly, not many people know that Elle’s story is said to be inspired by the experience of Amanda Brown, the author of the novel Legally Blonde. For his novel, Brown took many of the stories he experienced while studying at Stanford Law School. This Legally Blonde novel was published in the same year as the film’s screening, namely in 2001.
5. Jumanji (1995)
Unlike the previous four books, this book is a picture book for children. Jumanji was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg and published in 1981. Van Allsburg said he chose the title “Jumanji” because the word means “many effects” in the Zulu language.
For its success, Jumanji was adapted to the big screen with the same title. The film has the same big plot as in the book, which tells the story of the characters Judy and Peter who find a board game that in every step in the game will bring consequences in the real world. However, the biggest difference is that the Jumanji movie adds some adult characters to the story. One of them is the character Alan Parrish, played by the legend Robin Williams.
These five books and films show that there are many ways to tell an interesting story. What’s your favorite way? Would you rather read the book version or watch the film adaptation?
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