Films based on books and books based on films


 There are always many possible reasons why someone decides to watch a film in the cinema; the topic sounds interesting, a favourite actor or actress plays a main role, the film has received excellent reviews, everyone has seen the film, or the film is based on a famous or favourite book. Good examples include the film versions of ‘Lord of the Rings’ or ‘Harry Potter’, as they are the most popular fantasy books worldwide.

happy p[otter fim collection quotes Jeremy Devine from Rave Theatres who is of the opinion that books help boost the popularity of films and visa versa. The audience of such films expect the film to have the same quality as the book. They don’t want to be disappointed because they think an important aspect of the book is missing. These include both people who buy books and people who download e-books. But it is not only recently successful books that encourage producers to make a film, but it is also books that were published years ago, like for example ‘The Hobbit’ published in 1957. This story, which was written by J. R. R. Tolkiens, you can now also read on your kindle when you buy ‘The Hobbit’ ebook.

An example of a more recent fiction novel is ‘The Kite Runner’ (2003) by Khaled Hosseini, also available as ‘The Kite Runner’ e-book. ‘The Vampire Diaries’ series is based on a book series but it is not the exact adaptation of the original story ‘The Vampire Diaries: The Hunter’ written by L. J. Smith. In fact, this is why a new book series was published, which was accurately based on the plot of the TV show. In this case, a whole new version of the story was created for the TV show. What most of these examples have in common is the wish to take advantage of the fact that the story already exists in another medium, which hopefully attracts more viewers or readers.

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