Splendid Reads that became Classic Movies
A good literature can be based on either true events or could be result of pure imagination. While arranging the words into a particular set, an author has liberty of playing with the words, penning them down on paper and seeing them out on book shelves. The purchaser of such collection of words, put-forth by a publisher in the form a book, might think it as just a pile-on to his library or might have a totally unexpected feeling, a feeling of read, something truly great.
Booker Prize, Pulitzer Prize, Bram Stoker Award are few honorees for such phenomenal read. Many such popular books were a source of inspiration and saw a film adaptation but only few made in the list of movie classics. Following is the list of highly acclaimed books and their movie adaptation which has been honored with Oscars.
Our first pick is Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s Ark, the most epic but dreadfully true literature based on the true events of holocaust during World War II.
Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist, published the novel in 1982. The book went on to become the most acclaimed novel, winning the most prestigious Booker Prize. The movie adaptation of novel, under the title Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg, won many Oscars and British Academy awards, under varied categories including Best Director. Schindler’s Ark is also winner of 1983’s Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction.
The Grapes of Wrath
If there is any fine illustration of literary realism then undoubtedly it will be John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The Grapes of Wrath is based on real incidents where a hardship and financial crisis shadows a poor family of farmer during the period of Great Depression. John Steinbeck published the novel in year 1939.
The novel was acknowledged as the ‘Great American Novel’ and it went on to become the bestselling novel of year 1939.
It also won many prestigious awards under the category of fiction, prominent were The National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize under Fictional category.
Importantly, the book was promptly cited by the Nobel committee which acknowledged it as a great work amongst all the other works of John Steinbeck. Thus, John Steinbeck was awarded 1962’s Nobel Prize in Literature.
Its movie adaptation under the same title is considered as one of the greatest American movies of all time. The movie won many Academy Awards.
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is a high-fantasy novel that still holds the stature of being the most epic fantasy work written by an English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The books were amongst the bestselling novels ever written with over 150 million copies sold worldwide.
J. R. R. Tolkien initially intended the novel to be a part of two-volume set. But publisher George Allen and Unwin rejected this idea, so Tolkien finally agreed on their terms and published it separately into a three volume set. They are, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King.
The tremendous success of novels served as a source of inspiration for various adaptations such as radio broadcasting, dramas, stage shows and video games.
But the one that added another feather in a cap was its movie adaptation namely The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, directed by Peter Jackson and was released in 2001.
The movie was a huge success and was nominated for the 74th Oscar awards under thirteen different categories and successfully won under four categories. It also won best film and best director amongst other four categories in British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
A Beautiful Mind
A Beautiful Mind is a phenomenal work by Sylvia Nasar. The book is an inspirational take on the life of John Forbes Nash, Jr., an economist, a mathematician and most importantly, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics.
The book was nominated for Pulitzer Prize in Biography and formed a base for 2001 movie directed under the same name. The movie was nominated under various categories and bagged four awards amongst it during 74th Academy Awards 2002, which includes best direction.
The Godfather remains the best novel ever written on crime. The Italian-American author Mario Puzo managed to pen down this crime scene detailing a mafia family based in New York and headed by Don Vito Corleone.
The novel received a huge attention and it became the best selling crime novel. The novel has a movie adaptation with the same name. The movie was an incredible success winning three Academy Awards.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest novel prompts several humanistic principles and an excellent display of human mind and its complexities.
The novel was written by Ken Kesey and was published in 1962. The novel grabbed a tremendous attention making its way into the category of bestselling novels.
The novel was included in Time magazine’s “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005” list.
Writer Robert “Bo” Goldman adapted the novel into a 1975 movie under the same title. The movie was directed by Milos Forman and is considered as one of the greatest movies of all time. The movie was awarded Oscars under five different categories.
Gone with the wind
Gone with the Wind is an award winning work by novelist Margaret Mitchell’s published in 1936. The novel is a classic historical romance.
It became America’s bestselling fictional novel gaining a position of second most favorite book amongst American audience.
The book saw a selling of 30 million copies worldwide. The author Margaret Mitchell’s was awarded the 1937’s Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The book saw a movie adaptation in 1939 under the same name. The movie won ten Academy Awards from thirteen nominations creating a record of highest nomination and winning. The movie is considered as one of the greatest movies ever made.
The Silence of the Lambs
Most critically acclaimed novel, The Silence of the Lambs is a creepy story of a cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter who is prisoner and is a subject of interview by FBI Agent Clarice Starling.
The novel won 1988’s Bram Stoker Award and 1989’s Anthony Award for Best Novel. The movie under the same title won five Oscar awards including the Best actor and actress in leading role portrayed by legendary actor Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent.
Twelve Years a Slave
A narrative of a slave, Twelve Years a Slave is a collection of events and memories by Solomon Northup which took place in 1853.
The novel highlights a story of a free black man who is captured and sold for slavery in South set during Pre-Civil war. The book became a source of adaptation for the film Twelve Years a Slave, a 2013 drama film directed by Steve McQueen. The movie won three Academy Awards including the Best Picture.
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge is novel by American author Micheal Punke published in 2002 and is based on events confronted by frontiersman Hugh Glass during 1823. The novel was a big hit and became the bestseller of the time.
The novel inspired the 2015 feature film The Revenant directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu. The movie was a huge hit winning three academy awards at the vent of 88th Academy Awards. It also won three Golden Globe Awards and Five BAFTA awards.