For books made into movies, there are three types of people. People who only love to read books. People who would rather watch the movie. And, people who read the books, then watch the movie. I fall in the latter category.
Exceptional books have the biggest fanbase. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and the Lord of The Rings all fall into this category.
Fans tattoo quotes from the books on their bodies and buy any merchandise that is book related. With every movie adaptation, the fanbase for these books increases.
Before any book gets a movie adaptation, fans go through a phase of doubt. Can this movie meet up to the standard of the books? Can they cast the characters right? A lot of these questions go through our minds.
Some movie adaptations proved doubts right and others made you love the books more. Here is a list of the movies that became as popular as the books.
1) Book Movie Adaptation: Lord of The Rings (Books in 1954) and The Hobbit (Books in 1937).
The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings are epic high-fantasy novels created by J.R.R. Tolkein. The author created The Lord of The Rings as a sequel to The Hobbit.
2) Book Movie Adaptation: Harry Potter.
British author, J.K Rowling, wrote the Harry Potter books. She published the first book in 1997. The first movie premiered in 2001.
3) Book Movie Adaptation: Game Of Thrones.
George R.R. Martin wrote the Game of Thrones novels. The Game of Thrones television series became popular worldwide. Every episode was a topic to discuss on Twitter. It received awards making the stars of the series into A-list celebrities.
Even though the television series is now complete, the books are not complete. Martin is yet to release The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.
4) Book Movie Adaptation: Hunger Games.
Suzanne Collins wrote the Hunger Games novels. She published the first book in 2008. The fourth book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes came out on Tuesday, May 19.
The movies made did not do the books justice, but they got many people curious about the books.
5) Book Movie Adaptation: The Mortal Instruments.
The Mortal Instruments books have had both movies and series made. The books written by Cassandra Clare are popular in the reading community. Like the Hunger Games, the movies got many people curious about the books.
6) Book Movie Adaptation: Divergent
Divergent is a trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Roth published the first book in 2011. The Divergent movie premiered in 2014. These movies made the books popular among non-readers.
7) Book Movie Adaptation: Chronicles of Narnia.
C.S. Lewis wrote the Chronicles of Narnia and published them between 1950 and 1956. The movies premiered from 2005 to 2008.
8) Book Movie Adaptation: Twilight.
Stephenie Meyer published the first Twilight book in 2005. She published the fourth book Breaking Dawn in 2008. The first movie also premiered in 2008.
Twilight was another movie adaptation that was as popular as the books. Meyer’s companion novel, Midnight Sun, will hit shelves on August 4, 2020.
Some movie adaptations on the list satisfied the expectations of readers, and others did not do so well. But they were all as popular as the books, and some were more popular than the books.
Which of these movie adaptations satisfied your expectations as a reader?