Books and Movies and Book Clubs

I love books, obviously. I also happen to love movies. I don’t love movies as much as books, I suppose, but I really enjoy a great movie and have some real favorites. I will also often watch related movies (or series) after reading a book. Thus, when I found an article from Harper’s Bazaar, I was inspired to turn it into a Book Club (or to-do) list. I was also inspired to add about a million other ideas. I went a little crazy on this one, but the lists I could find suggesting books with movies were so wildly varied (like genre, which one was better, etc.) that I just had to include a whole bunch of them. (The first part of the list is directly culled from “36 of Our Favorite Films Adapted from Books,” Harper’s Bazaar, April 15 2022.) (Note that my ratings are for PAIRS, not just a movie or a book.)

  • Hidden Figures (2016), Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)
  • A Scanner Darkly (2006), A Scanner Darkly (Philip K. Dick)
  • Little Women (1994, 2019), Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) ***
  • The Joy Luck Club (1993), The Joy Luck Club (Amy Tan)
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Pursuit of Happyness (Chris Gardner)
  • Dog Day Afternoon (1975), “The Boys in the Bank” (Life magazine article)
  • Call Me By Your Name (2017), Call Me By Your Name (Andre Aciman)
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013), 12 Years a Slave (David Wilson)
  • Stand By Me (1986), “The Body” (Stephen King)
  • Beautiful Boy (2018), Beautiful Boy (David Sheff) and Growing Up on Methamphetamines (Nic Sheff)
  • Gone Girl (2014), Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) *
  • The Color Purple (1985), The Color Purple (Menno Meyjes)
  • Misery (1990), Misery (Stephen King)
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne)
  • The Last King of Scotland (2006), The Last King of Scotland (Giles Foden)
  • Wild (2004), Wild (Cheryl Strayed)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (2018), If Beale Street Could Talk (James Baldwin)
  • All the President’s Men (1976), All the President’s Men (Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Q&A (Vikas Swarup)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Howl’s Moving Castle (Diana Wynne Jones)
  • Matilda (1996), Matilda (Roald Dahl) ***
  • Arrival (2016), “Story of Your Life” (Ted Chiang)
  • Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
  • The Age of Innocence (1993), The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton)
  • Beloved (1998), Beloved (Toni Morrison)
  • The Da Vinci Code (2003), Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
  • Devil Wears Prada (2003), The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weissberger)
  • Great Expectations (1998), Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  • How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (Terry McMillan)
  • Passing (2021), Passing (Nella Larsen)
  • Precious (2009), Push (Sapphire)
  • The Secret Life of Bees (2008), The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
  • Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (2001), Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashare)
  • The Firm (1993), The Firm (John Grisham)
  • The Green Mile (1999), The Green Mile (Stephen King) *
  • Waiting to Exhale (1995), Waiting to Exhale (Terry McMillan)
  • Children of Men (2006), Children of Men (P.D. James)
  • The Princess Bride (1987), The Princess Bride (William Goldman) *
  • Adaptation (2002), The Orchid Thief (Susan Orleans)
  • Election (1999), Election (Tom Perrota)
  • Sense and Sensibility (1995), Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) ***
  • Mean Girls (2004), Queen Bees and Wannabees (Rosalind Wiseman)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Shawshank Redemption (Stephen King)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (J. K. Rowling) ***
  • Atonement (2007), Atonement (Ian McEwan)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum) *
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (2001), The Fellowship of the Ring (J. R. R. Tolkien) ***
  • The Godfather (1972), The Godfather (Mario Puzo)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  • The Shining (1980), The Shining (Stephen King)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Silence of the Lambs (Thomas Harris)
  • Forrest Gump (1994), Forrest Gump (Winston Groom)
  • Emma (2020), Emma (Jane Austen) ***
  • Lincoln (2012), Team of Rivals (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
  • Room (2015), Room (Emma Donaghue)
  • The Princess Diaries (2021), The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Ken Kesey)
  • What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), I, Tina (Tina Turner)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • Snowpiercer (2013), Le Transperceniege (Rochette and Lob)
  • The Nanny Diaries (2007), The Nanny Diaries (MaLaughlin and Krauss)
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (John le Carre)
  • Poldark (2015), Ross Poldark (Winston Graham)
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Ned Vizzini)
  • Outlander (2014), Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
  • Normal People (2020), Normal People (Sally Rooney)
  • The Maze Runner (2014), The Maze Runner (James Dashner)
  • The Call of the Wild (2020), The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  • Nomadland (2020), Nomadland (Jessica Bruder)
  • Dune (2021), Dune (Frank Herbert)
  • Revolutionary Road (2008), Revolutionary Road (Richard Yates)
  • The Reader (2008), The Reader (Berhard Schlink)
  • Little Children (2006), Little Children (Tom Perrota)
  • About a Boy (2002), About a Boy (Nick Hornby)
  • Capote (2005), Capote in Kansas (Kim Powers)
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971), A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
  • Cold Mountain (2003), Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby)
  • The English Patient (1996), The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
  • Fight Club (1999), Fight Club (Paul Palahnuik)
  • High Fidelity (2000), High Fidelity (Nick Hornby)
  • The Kite Runner (2007), The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
  • Mystic River (2003), Mystic River (Dennis Lehane)
  • Out of Africa (1985), Out of Africa (Isaak Dinesen)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • The Remains of the Day (1993), The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
  • Gone with the Wind (1939), Gone with the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  • The Outsiders (1983), The Outsiders (S. E. Hinton)
  • A Christmas Carol (?), A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens) and HERE ***
  • The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) ***
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) *
  • Holes (2003), Holes (Louis Sachar) *
  • A Time to Kill (1996), A Time to Kill (John Grisham)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare) ***
  • Frankenstein (?), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley) *
  • Water for Elephants (2011), Water for Elephants (Sarah Gruen)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971, 2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) ***
  • Watchmen (2009), Watchmen (Alan Moore)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996), James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl) *
  • The Martian (2015), The Martian (Andy Weir)
  • Carrie (1976), Carrie (Stephen King)
  • The Hours (2002), The Hours (Michael Cunningham)
  • A Room with a View (1985), A Room with a View (E. M. Forster)
  • Red Dragon (2002), Red Dragon (Thomas Harris)
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (Patricia Highsmith)
  • Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Rosemary’s Baby (Ira Levin)
  • A Simple Plan (1998), A Simple Plan (Scott Smith)
  • The Help (2011), The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
  • No Country for Old Men (2007), No Country for Old Men (Cormac McCarthy)
  • Blade Runner (1982), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep (Philip K. Dick)
  • Apocalyse Now (1979), Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
  • American Psycho (2000), American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
  • Goodfellas (1990), Wiseguy (Nicholas Pileggi)
  • L. A. Confidential (1997), L. A. Confidential (James Elroy)
  • Trainspotting (1996), Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  • True Grit (2010), True Grit (Charles Portis)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005), Brokeback Mountain (Anne Proulx)
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Maltese Falcon (Dashiell Hammett)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque)
  • It (2017), It (Stephen King)
  • Babe (1995), The Sheep-Pig (Dick King-Smith)
  • Requiem for a Dream (2000), Requiem for a Dream (Hubert Selby Jr.)
  • Empire of the Sun (1987), Empire of the Sun (J. G. Ballard)
  • Great Expectations (1946), Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
  • The Big Sleep (1946), The Big Sleep (Raymond Chandler)
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Muriel Spark)
  • Don’t Look Now (1973), Don’t Look Now (Daphne du Maurier)
  • Brighton Rock (1947), Brighton Rock (Graham Greene
  • Moby-Dick (1956), Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
  • Lolita (1962), Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (2021), Silver Linings Playbook (Matthew Quick)
  • The 39 Steps (1935), The 39 Steps (John Buchan)
  • Rum Punch (1997), Rum Punch (Elmore Leonard)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019), David Copperfield (Charles Dickens) ***
  • Wuthering Heights (1939), Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) ***
  • A Kestrel for a Knave (1969), A Kestrel for a Knave (Barry Knaves)
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965), Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
  • The Life of Pi (2012), The Life of Pi (Yann Martel) ***
  • Schindler’s List (1993), Schindler’s List (Thomas Keneally)
  • Casino Royale (2006), Casino Royale (Ian Fleming)
  • Everything Must Go (2010), “Why Don’t You Dance?” (Raymond Carver)
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013), “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (James Thurber) ***
  • The Swimmer (1969), “The Swimmer” (John Cheever)
  • Rashomon (1950), “Rashomon” and “In a Grove” (Ryunosuke Akutagawa)
  • Total Recall (1990, 2012), We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (Philip K. Dick)
  • In the Bedroom (2001), “Killings” (Andre Dubus)
  • 3:10 to Yuma (1957, 2007), Three-Ten to Yuma (Elmore Leonard)
  • The Illusionist (2006), “Eisenheim the Illusionist” (Steven Millhauser)
  • Minority Report (2002), “The Minority Report” (Philip K. Dick)
  • The Fallen Idol (1948), “The Basement Room” (Graham Greene)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999), “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Washington Irving)
  • Rear Window (1954), “It Had to Be Murder” (Cornell Woolrich)
  • Away from Her (2007), “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (Alice Munro)
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner (1962), “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner” (Alan Sillitoe)
  • The Dead (1987), “The Dead” (James Joyce)
  • The Duellists (1977), “The Duel” (Joseph Conrad)

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