Books Gone Hollywood

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Article in Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Juvenile Fiction, and Movies categories.


There are some movies that everybody knows come from a book-- The Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings, the comic books turned movies like Superman, Spiderman, and Fantastic Four, and most classic novels. But there are a wealth of others that have flown slightly under the radar.

Take a look at some of these book titles that are available at our library that have been turned into movies or television series.

Feel free to add to this list by creating an account and editing this page.


*Because so many classic novels have been turned into movies (and so many versions of each have been done), they are generally not included in this list. Also not included are the very popular superhero comic books that have been made into films in recent years. This list is intended to help readers find that many popular movies were actually books first, and since these are well-known adaptations, have been excluded from this list.

*Please note that JMRL does not own all of the corresponding movies or TV shows.


Adult Fiction

This list includes adult and young adult titles because many movies crossover into both age groups.


Numbers

  • 24 Hours by Greg Iles (Film title: Trapped [2002])
  • 3:10 to Yuma by Elmore Leonard (Film title: 3:10 to Yuma [2007])


A through D


  • Be Cool by Elmore Leonard (Film: 2005)
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn (Film: 2010)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (Film: 1998)
  • Big Fish by Daniel Wallace (Film: 2003)
  • Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum (Film titles: Bourne Identity [2002], Bourne Supremacy [2004], and Bourne Ultimatum [2007])


  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris (Film: 2000)
  • Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernières (Film title: Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001])
  • Deadwood by Pete Dexter (Film Title: Wild Bill [1995])

E through H

  • Emma by Jane Austen (Film Title: Clueless [1995])




  • Hannibal by Thomas Harris (Film: 2001)
  • Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris (Film: 2007)
    • See also: Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Film: 2011)
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (Film: 2003)
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen (Film: 2006)
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (Film: 2002)

I through L


  • Jumper by Steven Gould (Film: 2008)


  • Killshot by Elmore Leonard (Film: 2009)


  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

M through O

  • Misery by Stephen King (Film: 1990)



  • Oil! by Upton Sinclair (Film title: There Will Be Blood [2007])

P through R

  • Push by Sapphire (Film title: Precious (2009))


  • Q & A by Vikas Swarup (Film Title: Slumdog Millionaire (2008))


  • Relic by RDouglas Preston (Film: 1997)

S through T

  • Sabrina Fair by Samuel Albert Taylor [Film Titles: Sabrina (1954) and (1995)]
  • Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella [Film Title: Field of Dreams (1989)]
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen [Film Title: Striptease (1996)]


  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare [Film Titles: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and Kiss Me, Kate (1953)]
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare [Film Titles: Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Yellow Sky (1948)]
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare [Film Title: She's the Man (2006)]
  • The Twilight Saga] by Stephanie Meyer
Twilight
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
New Moon

U through Z



Adult Nonfiction

  • Finding Fish by Antwone Fisher (Film title: Antwone Fisher)
  • Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (Film title: Apollo 13)
  • The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman(Film title: Adaptation)The Pianist
  • Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (Film title: October Sky)

Juvenile Literature

(Films: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005; Prince Caspian, 2008; and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 2010)

  • Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Film: 2006)
  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (Film: 2009)
  • Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (Film: 1995)
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Film: 1998)
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl (Film: 1996)



  • Shiloh Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Film: 1996)
  • Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Film Title: Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season [1999])
  • Shrek by William Steig (Film: 2001)