8 Book Characters Robin Williams Made Better

From the cheery Dr. Patch Adams to the eccentric Alan Parrish and the wondrous boy who never grew up (Peter Pan), Robin Williams brought life, warmth, and a great deal of humour to the characters he portrayed throughout his career. Here are some books behind the movies that made us fall in love with Robin Williams’ talent.

1Peter Pan
by J. M. Barrie

"All children, except one, grow up." Thus begins a great classic of children's literature that we all remember as magical. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell fly over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles...

2The World According to Garp
by John Irving

Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

3One Thousand and One Nights
by Hanan Al-Shaykh

Passed down over centuries from India, Persia, and across the Arab world, the mesmerizing stories of One Thousand and One Nights are related by the beautiful, young Shahrazad as she attempts to delay her execution. Williams voices the magical genie in Disney's Aladdin, culled from One Thousand and One nights.

4Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizarre adventure of their lives.

5Gesundheit!
by Patch Adams M.D

Meet Patch Adams, M.D., a social revolutionary who has devoted his career to giving away health care. Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a home-based medical practice that has treated more than 15,000 people for free, and that is now building a full-scale hospital that will be open to anyone in the world free of charge. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Not for those who know and work with Patch. Whether it means putting on a red clown nose for sick children or taking a disturbed patient outside to roll down a hill with him, Adams does whatever is necessary to help heal.

6Awakenings
by Oliver Sacks

Awakenings is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping-sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks (played by Robin Williams in the blockbuster movie) gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect.

7Madame Doubtfire
by Anne Fine

Lydia, Christopher, and Natalie Hilliard hate that their parents are in the midst of a divorce. Because their father Daniel is an all-too-often unemployed actor, their mother Miranda gets temporary custody of them. Desperate to spend more time with his family, Daniel cleverly responds to Miranda's ad for a housekeeper, disguised as the capable yet eccentric Madame Doubtfire. The kids want to keep their dad, but how far should they go to keep his secret?

8The Night at the Museum
by Milan Trenc

In this charming picture book, Larry becomes a night guard at New York's Museum of Natural History. He thinks it's going to be an easy job, but is he in for a surprise! After dozing off, he wakes up to find the most amazing vanishing act in the museum's history. The museum's entire collection of dinosaur skeletons has disappeared! With the help of Teddy Roosevelt (played in the movie by who else but Robin Williams) alongside a host of other quirky characters, Larry tries to bring his enchanted museum back to order.