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8 Movies Which Are Based on Books (and You Probably Had No Idea)

Updated on June 11, 2020
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Priya is pursuing her undergrad in Law and Business Administration. She loves translated books, world cinema and French chic.

The list is a compilation of 8 movies which were based on books. And you probably had no idea about them. Read on to find out which of the following movies you knew were based on books.

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1. James Bond:

James Bond is actually based on a book by British author Ian Fleming. While some of you may know this, you’d be surprised by how many don’t know this. In fact, just the other day, a friend of mine showed incredulity when I mentioned this little fact. I am glad we got that corrected. The first novel, Casino Royale was published in 1952. Subsequently 13 more were published including two short stories.

2. Catch me if you Can:

This famous Leonardo DiCaprio movie is actually based on an autobiography of Frank Abagnale, the successful con man who swindled nearly 2 million by the time he was 21 years old. While I have yet to see the movie, I would say book is truly amazing. You should try giving it a try.

3. Ella Enchanted:

How many of you knew that this Anne Hathaway movie was actually based on a book with a similar name by Gail Carson Levine. However, I would like to say that the book was a tad bit better than the movie. Rotten Tomatoes holds a 50% score based on 114 reviews with an average rating of 5.6/10.

4. Gone Girl:

This gripping and fast paced psychological thriller which elevated Rosamund Pike’s position to an A- list star was based on a novel by Gillian Flynn. Both the movie as well as the book received much critical acclaim.

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5. Confessions of a Shopaholic:

For most of us, this movie is a way to pass time. But what most people don’t know is that is the movie is based on the first two books from British bestseller Sophie Kinsella’s shopaholic series. But I can assure you the book is far better than the movie. Only applicable if you enjoy chick-lit, which from what I understand, most people do not.

6. Stormbreaker:

Many people cannot link this movie back to its book, the famous Anthony Horowitz series, Alex Rider. They have a perfect front man who matches with his description in the book, but sadly, his acting skills were a bit slack. The movie is way too long and way too boring-you can call it almost a disaster adaptation. But the books were excellent.

7. Princess Diaries:

Yes, the two movies starring Anne Hathaway is based on the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot. I didn’t know this either. Recently I was browsing the library content when I came across these books. Imagine my shock. I hear that a third movie is also coming up. Here’s hoping.

8. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant:

This movie is based on the Vampire Trilogy by Irish author Darren Shan. You can say that I had stumbled upon this discovery just yesterday and so I had to put this on the list. It received low critical review, and made US$39 million worldwide as compared to its US$40 million budget.

© 2015 Priya Barua


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