12 Book-To-Screen Adaptations Everyone Should Watch

12 Book-To-Screen Adaptations Everyone Should Watch

"You have to do everything you can, you have to work your hardest, and if you do, you have a shot at a silver lining." - The Silver Linings Playbook

As an avid book reader, I love seeing the transformation of my favorite stories as they become T.V. shows and movies. Here I have compiled a list of some of my favorite book-to-screen adaptations as they bring the stories more to life and offer new twists to the already beloved tales.

1. "American Psycho" - Bret Easton Ellis (1991).

The 2000 film adaptation of this dark satire features Christian Bale as a Manhattan serial killer. For anyone interested in dark comedy or thriller movies, this is a must-see.

2."Big Little Lies" - Liane Moriarty (2014).

The 2017 T.V. adaptation features in all-star cast with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, and Alexander Skarsgard. If you're a Desperate Housewives fan, this has the same kind of suburban flair with a twist of murder.

3. "A Clockwork Orange" - Anthony Burgess (1962).

The infamous Stanley Kubrick went on to direct the 1971 film adaptation of this book, focusing very sharply on capturing the shocking controversial nature of the story. This movie was consequently banned in countries such as Britain due to the disturbing content.

4. "The Shining" - Stephen King (1977).

This 1980 film was also directed by Stanley Kubrick, and he did not shy away from gore in this film. In fact, Kubrick was known to re-shoot gory scenes hundreds of times until he felt happy enough with the shot. The film has also gained a reputation among fans as alluding to many conspiracy theories. In all, this is a movie all horror movie buffs will praise.

5. "The Silver Linings Playbook" - Matthew Quick (2008).

The 2012 comedy/drama features Bradley Cooper as Pat, the protagonist coping with mental illness, and Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany who, despite their differences, team up to win a dance competition together and soon fall in love. Despite its rather sappy synopsis, this film is an eye-opening look into the world of mental illness as shown through a misfit's troubling love life.

7. "Forrest Gump" - Winston Groom (1986).

The 1994 adaptation, featuring Tom Hanks, gained far more popularity than the book had due to Hanks' lovable interpretation of the protagonist, Forrest. If you haven't seen this movie, you haven't truly lived.

8. "We Need to Talk About Kevin" - Lionel Shriver (2003).

The 2011 film adaptation features Ezra Miller as the title character, Kevin, and Tilda Swinton as his mother. This book and movie gained lots of controversy due to it's school violence scene; but, for fans of dark dramas, this is a very well directed, psychological thriller.

9. "Jurassic Park" - Michael Crichton (1990).

Not only did the book receive phenomenal praise, but the movie (1993) went on to become one of the most beloved films of many people's childhoods.

10. "Gone Girl" - Gillian Flynn (2012).

The 2014 film is known for its brutal and dark qualities as a man's wife suddenly goes missing and he learns mystifying secrets about their marriage. This is another must-see for the fans of psychological thrillers.

11. "The Princess Bride" - William Goldman (1973).

The 1987 movie is more than just your average romantic comedy; it features childlike, adventurous episodes of villain chasing, comedic one-liners, and a satiric play on the typical fantasy love-story.

12. "Practical Magic" - Alice Hoffman (1995).

The 1998 movie, starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock, is an amazing twist on a romantic tale as magic distorts the lives of the two sisters, bringing heartbreak, murder, and mystery to their small-town lives.

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13 Movies Every Couple Needs To Watch Before They Get Married

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories.


These 13 movies are the foundation of any long-lasting relationship, and I'm not joking. Each movie will show you something new about your partner, and make you ask each other the hard questions. How many kids do you want and how are you going to raise them? What would happen if you got into a horrible accident? Some are less serious though, like what if you could time travel?

I promise that not every one of these movies is a Nicholas Sparks classic, and I also promise that not every movie has Rachel McAdams in it!

1. "The Time Traveler's Wife"

This movie is both heartbreaking and amazing.

2. "About Time"

Let's be honest, Rachel McAdams is in all the best love stories. It's on Netflix right now, so grab some snacks and turn it on!

3. "Like Crazy"

This infamous Tumblr gif came from "Like Crazy." It's about a couple who goes long distance and build their life together. I used to cry every time I watched it, and I'm no crier! It also has the (now famous) Felicity Jones in it.

4. "The Notebook"

Every girl wants this kind of love.

5. "The Last Song"

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are literally married now so if that isn't good luck, I don't know what is.

6. "Safe Haven"

You guessed it! This is another Nicholas Sparks classic. This movie has a dark twist as well, which men will love.

7. "Inside Out"

You may be thinking that this one is a bit weird. Well, this movie will help both you and your partner understand each other's emotions better.

8. "The Choice"

This movie is great because the female lead is feisty and extremely intelligent, which usually doesn't happen in love stories. How do you keep the love alive with a woman who is hard to get, and even harder to keep entertained?

9. "The Longest Ride"

Originally I could not stand the main female lead (Britt Robertson) but now she is in one of my favorite shows (For The People), so I have no choice. This movie had me on the end of my seat, and as a rom-com it is a must.

10. "The Age Of Adaline"

I began loving the name 'Adaline' thanks to this movie. This unlikely love story and self love journey really gets me.

11. "The Vow"

Imagine falling in love with someone and building a life, but an accident forces you to start all over?

12. "Titanic"

If they don't have any sort of reaction to this movie, they are probably not the one for you.

13. "Yours, Mine, & Ours"

Yours, Mine, & Ours is a true classic. Are you Helen or Frank Beardsley? You should figure that out before you tie the knot!

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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