Last year’s Oscar nominations were overflowing with book-to-film adaptations: THE MARTIAN, BROOKLYN, and ROOM all got the silver-screen treatment, and their film counterparts conquered at the Academy Awards. Many more of your favorite movies were also borrowed from the pages of incredible books. Here are some adaptations you may have missed.
Will Smith delivered a buzzworthy performance as Chris Gardner in the 2006 film “The Pursuit of Happyness.” Gardner’s memoir chronicles his days as a homeless single father while he pursued a career in finance at a prestigious firm. Read his astonishing rags-to-riches story, then look out for his profoundly symbolic cameo in the film.
After getting lost on a train at age 5, Saroo Brierley was adopted by a couple in Australia. But Brierley always wondered about his origins. And with the advent of Google Earth, an opportunity to rediscover his childhood was finally within reach. Catch Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman in the film adaptation, “Lion,” now in theaters.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in an exhilarating adaptation of James Thurber’s short story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” in which Walter Mitty escapes his mundane life by retreating into his vivid imagination. Classic movie fans will want to check out the 1949 Danny Kaye adaptation, too.
The 2013 film “Pitch Perfect” starring Anna Kendrick hilariously illuminates the fascinating world of collegiate a capella competitions. But before it hit the big screen, it was an “aca-perfect” examination of a captivating university subculture in book form.
The day after the first anniversary of his girlfriend’s murder, Ig wakes up with a thunderous hangover . . . and horns growing from his temples. Along with his terrible new look, Ig possesses a new macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his one true love. Daniel Radcliffe stars in the thrilling movie adaptation.
Who could forget John Cusack as the compulsive, list-making record-store owner Rob in “High Fidelity?” The novel shows bestselling author Nick Hornby at his quintessential best. This wise and hilarious novel about love, heartbreak, and rock and roll is a must-read for the nostalgic souls of Gen X.
In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself, and the elusive magic of love, when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma. The film adaptation earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Precious Jones is 16 years old and pregnant by her father with her second child. When she meets a determined and highly radical teacher, Precious embarks on a journey of transformation and redemption. Gabourey Sidibe plays the unforgettable teen in the Oscar-winning film adaptation, “Precious.”