It is extremely rare for a movie to go exactly as the book reads. Book to film adaptations take on many alterations aimed at making movies easier and cheaper to produce. Most of famous films that have graced the screens are film adaptations of creative writers. The goal of film adaptations is to bring in the visual and audio elements which evidently lacks in books and novels. Film makes storytelling much more captivating pulling the viewer’s attention in and keeping it until the story ends.
Most novels are restricted by the lack of visual and audio aid to present their ideas to the audience. With that in mind, here are the top eight movies known to be borrowed from novels.
1. Fight Club
In this movie, the movie’s narrator works with the eponymous club to solve problems in the underground society. He works with a man we are made aware of as a figment of his rather creative imagination. The production team does a decent job of following the book to the letter.
The film Trainspotting is written in Scottish, which may make it necessary for some viewers to require subtitles. The book tells the story of a band of young oddities with unique elements. The young men go through a life highlighted by one misfortune after another. They struggle with sobriety in UK’s drug underworld, struggling to emerge in a single piece.
3. The Exorcist
This film is based on the novel The Exorcist, written by Blatty and published in 1971. The movie captures every detail of the novel because Blatty worked as a producer during the film’s production. The film was so on point that it won Blatty an Academy Award. Thanks to his creative genius, The Exorcist remains a horror classic to date.
4. The Grifters
Donald Westlake writes the screenplay for this movie. He aims to bring a modern feel to the noir crime genre for young viewers to enjoy and relate to. He went to great lengths to stylize the film and stayed true to the novel. Jim Thompson wrote the novel.
5. American Psycho
Easton Ellis’ 1991 creative novel American Psycho takes a deep, disturbing dive into the mind of a serial killer. The movie does a great job adopting Bateman’s character and music taste living out no detail. The only discrepancy in the movie is that the killer uses a weapon during a monologue in the film.
6. The Coen Brothers
Borrowed from the Cormac McCarthy novel, No Country For Old Men. The Coen Brothers follow the novel’s plot to the letter changing only a few signature styles to the film. The film quickly draws the viewer to the dark Western tale, which does little to define the true protagonist keeping the viewer in suspense.
7. Jesus’ Son
In a quest to discover who he is and how to truly love himself, a young man is caught up in drug-fueled adventures in a misguided effort to feel true belonging. The film only changes the order of events to make them flow.
8. High Fidelity
The only difference between the story and the film is that they are set in different cities. Every other detail is followed to a T. Nick Hornby’s novel sets the story in London while the film is acted in Chicago. Because of the difference in continents, the viewer will notice some cultural differences, which add some zest to the story.