I bet you didn’t know these movies were based on books.
Australia’s young adults aren’t reading as many books as previous generations, but they love the movies. That got me wondering … how many older movies were inspired by literary greats and would make you want to pick up a paperback?
Ten top Hollywood reads:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Loosely based on the novella (longer than a short story but shorter than a novel) of the same name by Truman Capote, published in 1958. The main character, Holly Golightly, one of Capote’s “best-known creations”, is an American cultural icon.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, published in 1988. The book is a sequel to Harris’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon.
Forrest Gump (1994) – Based on the novel of same name, written by Winston Groom, published in 1986. The book didn’t make it to bestseller status until the film was made.
Clueless (1995) – Loosely based on the 1815 Jane Austen classic, Emma – the author’s fourth published novel.
Fight Club (1999) – Based on the novel of the same name, first published in 1996, written by Chuck Palahniuk. The film’s prominence heightened the book’s profile.
American Psycho (2000) – Based on the novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The novel’s graphic violence and sexual content caused controversy.
Mean Girls (2004) – Based on the 2002 non-fiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, written by Rosalind Wiseman. The novel is a self-help book written as a guide for teenage girls to deal with passive aggressive behaviour in high school.
Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Based on a collection of short stories called Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner, published in 2000 by F.X. Toole (Jerry Boyd). The book is dedicated to the man who introduced Boyd to boxing.
Brokeback Mountain (2005) – Adaptation based on the 1997 short story of the same name, written by Annie Proulx. The story won an O. Henry Award (third place) in 1998.
Precious (2009) – Based on the book Push, written by Sapphire, published in 1996. Push is Sapphire’s debut novel.
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Top photo: Still from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.