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Films You Didn’t Know Came from Novels

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Most books are popular before they are adapted into movies. But there are rare cases where screen producers believed in the material despite its lack of attention from the public’s eye. This has proven to be successful for both the film industry and the author of the book, resulting in more sales and popularity for the author. Let’s look at a short list of movies that led to the popularity of the book and the author!

  • Winston Groom’s Forrest Gump

         Initially, the movie was undoubtedly more popular than the book! Some had even refused to believe that the Academy award winning movie is based on the pages of a now New York Times bestseller.

  • Amanda Brown’s Legally Blonde

        It comes as a surprise that the novel is a nonfiction account of the author’s experiences in Stanford Law. These two details are probably the only major differences between the movie and the novel though.

  • Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon

        Who didn’t fall in love with Toothless and Hiccup? This adorable DreamWorks trilogy is actually based on a children's book with about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III although the book is not exactly the same as the movie.

  • Robert Bloch’s Psycho

         The novel is allegedly based on the crimes of Ed Gein. However, the novel was almost finished by the time that the serial killer was arrested, so that could not have been the truth. Still, both the crimes and the plot have frightening similarities which made for an infamous film.

  • Jane Austen’s Emma

         Clueless is believed to be a modern retelling of Emma—the setting being Beverly Hills in the 90s rather than England in the 19th century. But it is purely entertaining to see the connections made between the two. With so much available content in the bookshelves, it is no surprise that some of them are overlooked and more exposed through cinematic representation. Which of these were you most shocked to learn?

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