If there is something books are popular for, that is sharing tales of love. Romance novels are probably the most commercialized genre of books. For years, many of these books have received a cinematic adaptation. Here are 3 romance novels with a film adaptation.
Many romance novels have also conquered the big screen. And the results are masterpieces, overwhelming films that express visually the story the book shared. Some huge examples are the next three romance novels with a film adaptation.
Film Adaptation #1: Me Before You
Me Before You is a 2013 romance novel written by Jojo Moyes. It is the first book of the trilogy of novels with the same name. This romance novel is considered a realistic drama fiction that shares a really intense story. The book follows the love story between a really particular woman, Louisa Clark, and the man she takes a job for carrying, Will Traynor.
In the book, the two lovers are completely different and seem to not have much in common. At the start, their relationship is mostly cold. Louisa is a woman that can not sustain jobs for long or regular times. In her despair, she takes the job of taking care of a man who ends up quadriplegic from an accident. But as time passes, Louisa brings happiness and emotion to Will’s grey world. So, they have an intense love story, with a heartbreaking end.
The romance novel had so much fame that in 2014 MGM announced a film adaptation. The film was directed by Thea Sharrock and released in 2016. It was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures with Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin starring. The film grossed a box office of over $208 million worldwide. It is now available on Google Play.
Film Adaptation #2: Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is a 2013 romance novel written by Kevin Kwan. It is the first book of a trilogy with the same name. This romance novel is considered part of the contemporary humor fiction genre. The romance tale follows a modern love story between a Chinese-American woman and a rich Singaporean man. The woman, Rachel Chu, travels with her rich Singaporean boyfriend, Nick Young, to Singapore, where they meet his family.
In the romance novel, Rachel discovers that Nick and his family are super-rich. Along with that, Rachel has a huge intercultural crash with reality. After meeting Nick’s family, she discovers that the family is also really crazy. Since then, the couple’s romance goes through a confusing period, due to the Rachel not being accepted by his family.
This is a love story with a lot of humor. For that reason, it was not surprising that the novel was adapted to a romantic comedy. In 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures announced a film adaptation. The film based on the romance novel was directed by Jon M. Chu and released in 2018 with Constance Wu and Henry Golding starring. The romance film grossed a box office of over $238 million worldwide. It is now available on Apple TV.
Film Adaptation #3: Dear John
Dear John is a 2006 romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. This romance novel is considered part of the adult contemporary fiction. The romance tale shares the love story based on a real-life story of the author’s cousin, following the love story of a couple that met and fell in love during summer. But, they get separated when the man, John returns to military service. He leaves the woman, Savannah, with the promise of coming back and getting married to her.
Savannah stays waiting for John to finish his tour of duty so they can live their romance. But, 9/11 changes all the plans and makes John re-enlist when he is about to finish his duty. That leaves Savannah heartbroken, but after some time, she is able to move on and marries another man. When John comes back from duty, with the report of his father’s death, he also finds that Savannah is now married. This is a really intense romance novel.
The romance novel had so much popularity that its film adaptation wasn’t surprising. In 2010 the novel was adapted into a film by Relativity Media and directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Screen Gems distributed the romance film with Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum starring. This romance film grossed a box office of over $115 million worldwide. The film is now available on Netflix.
So, now is up to you. You have options to read but also to watch. These romance novels adapted to films are masterpieces, not only as films but also as novels. I invite you to go, read the novels and watch the films and get overwhelmed by these romance love stories.