Books To Blockbusters: Grazia's Top 5 Favourite Big Screen Literary Adaptations

03 December 2012 by

GALLERY>> Life of Pi Premieres Tonight!

Man Booker prize winning author Yann Martel's Life of Pi is the latest literary favourite to get the big screen treatment. That's right, one lucky fella has made an entire film with a tiger. Yikes! The film has garnered rave reviews and is already generating a lot of Oscars buzz. It hits cinemas on 20th December and premieres tonight which got us thinking, which of our other favourite books have been made into films...?

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

I love American Psycho. It’s Bret Easton Ellis’ best book and the extensive use of the novel’s text in the film makes it all the more creepier. The soundtrack is also incredible, plus, Christian Bale IS Patrick Bateman. I wouldn’t like to meet him in a dark alleyway.

Jess Commons - Editorial assistant

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Film adaptations of books scare me - I've been let down too many times which is why I'm choosing Twilight. It's full of teenage angst and lust, everyone is slightly awkward, it rains a lot and when Robert Pattinson steps outside, he glitters. Literally sparkles in the sun. It was never going to win any awards but it was pretty darn true to the book. Plus the soundtrack is epic. And I haven't read Jane Eyre so...

Jo Duckworth - Entertainment assistant

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Even though I think the books are much better, I still loved seeing all the characters and the amazing ideas from the book come to life on the big screen.  I was most disappointed with The Lovely Bones - I loved that book and the film was a big let down.

Lauren Murdoch-Smith, Beauty Editor

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

An absolute classic. Amazing cast and captivating plot, and though the film and book differ quite significantly – I prefer the narration of Chief Bromden in the book – I could read or watch this story over and over. It just doesn’t get old.

Zoe Beaty, Features Writer

A Room With A View by E. M. Forster

I was going to pick Atonement as I love Keira in a costume drama, but changed my mind in favour of an adaptation starring her costume predecessor Helena Bonham Carter.  I actually saw the film before I read the book but totally related to both Carter and E. M. Forster’s versions of heroine Lucy Honeychurch. Daniel Day-Lewis is brilliantly awkward as Cecil Vyse – and  if only all boys were as passionate as George Emerson.

Julia Fernandez, Community Editor


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