Visit us and Kefi, a library cafe in Dubai and read some of the books that were adapted in big screen movies or small screen series.
There are several movies and series out there that are adapted from books. These adaptations don’t always work, but sometimes they do. There’s something about the writing in these books that allows for a high level of detail and nuance – something that’s hard to capture onscreen or on TV.
These are some of our favorite book adaptations into movies or series:
Stephen King’s “It”
If you’re a fan of Stephen King, then you know that he has written some of the most frightening horror stories in literature. Enter: “It.” The story follows seven children who are terrorized by an evil entity known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The novel was first published in 1986 and has since been adapted into an equally terrifying movie starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise!
The film is based on the second half of King’s novel, which follows these same seven kids (now adults) after they reunite to defeat this creature once and for all. While it may seem like a simple story premise at first glance, there’s actually quite a bit going on here—including some complex themes about friendship and overcoming trauma from your childhood years that aren’t always explored in other teen-focused horror films.
J.K Rowling’s “Harry Potter Series”
The Harry Potter series is a classic for a reason. J.K Rowling’s seven-part book series has been adapted into eight movies, which have not only been widely successful but also highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The story follows Harry Potter, an orphan who discovers he’s a wizard after being invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by a letter he receives on his eleventh birthday. He quickly finds himself caught up in an adventure involving evil wizards and dark magic that threatens everyone around him as well as himself.
The first movie adaptation of Harry Potter was released in 2001: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (or Sorcerer’s Stone). It was directed by Chris Columbus with Daniel Radcliffe playing the role of our young protagonist, Hermione Granger portrayed by Emma Watson (who went on to star in other adaptations such as Beauty & The Beast), Rupert Grint portraying Ron Weasley along with Richard Harris playing Professor Albus Dumbledore – all three were nominated for their performances at various awards ceremonies including Golden Globes/Academy Awards etc…
The second film adaptation followed shortly after with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was released in 2002. The third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, followed two years later in 2004. The fourth installment also came out two years later: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). These four movies were all directed by Chris Columbus, who had previously helmed adaptations like Mrs Doubtfire.
The fifth film in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007 and it was directed by David Yates, who also directed four of its sequels. The sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, followed two years later in 2009 with the final movie being released 2010.
The movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series were critically acclaimed and considered to be one of the best book-to-film adaptations ever made. The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released in 2001 with Daniel Radcliffe playing Harry Potter along with Emma Watson portraying Hermione Granger (who went on to star in other adaptations such as Beauty & The Beast), Rupert Grint portraying Ron Weasley along with Richard Harris playing Professor Albus Dumbledore – all three were nominated for their performances at
The “Twilight series” by Stephanie Meyer
The Twilight series is the first book in a series of five novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 38 different languages.
The first book in the series is titled Twilight and was published in 2005. The novel follows a girl named Bella Swan who moves from Phoenix to Forks, Washington to live with her father after her mother gets remarried.
The book series has been adapted into several films, including Twilight (2008), New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010), Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012).
The Twilight series has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 38 different languages. The first book in the series is titled Twilight and was published in 2005.
The novel follows a girl named Bella Swan who moves from Phoenix to Forks, Washington to live with her father after her mother gets remarried. The book series has been adapted into several films, including Twilight (2008), New Moon (2009), Eclipse (2010), Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012).
J.R.R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings Series”
If you’re looking to experience Tolkien’s world on the big screen, then you’ll be happy to hear that his books have been adapted into movies and series. The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy genre that takes place in Middle Earth, where magic is real and mythical creatures roam free. The story follows Frodo Baggins as he attempts to destroy an all-powerful ring before it falls into evil hands.
The series consists of three books: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King (the first two combined as one book), which together form an epic tale full of action and adventure. This classic trilogy has won countless awards for its writing style, bringing readers deep into a magical world that feels both familiar yet foreign at the same time. It’s no wonder why these books are so popular!
George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire Series”
The series was adapted into a TV series called Game of Thrones. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was adapted into the first season and aired in 2011. The show has since gone on to become one of the most celebrated shows on television, winning multiple awards and earning a spot as one of Time’s Top 10 Best Shows of All Time.
The books themselves are bestsellers around the world, with more than 85 million copies sold worldwide in 47 languages. Written by author George RR Martin, this epic fantasy tale tells a story about warring families vying for control over Westeros after their king dies without an heir or successor. As it progresses through its many volumes, it becomes clear that there may be more at stake than just who sits on the throne: there may be something sinister happening behind-the-scenes—something even darker than any war could ever create!
“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a novel that was published in 2012 and has since been adapted into a film released in 2014. The film adaptation of Gone Girl was directed by David Fincher and starred Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Although it received mostly positive reviews, it did not receive any Academy Award nominations.
The novel Gone Girl was inspired by the Robert Galbraith novels (the pen name of JK Rowling). It follows Nick Dunne after he finds out that his wife Amy Dunne has gone missing on their fifth wedding anniversary at their home in Missouri. The story focuses on him as he tries to find out what happened to her while dealing with the media frenzy surrounding her disappearance and his own fears about being charged with murder if it turns out she’s dead.
The “Hunger Games Series” by Suzanne Collins
This is a bit of an oddball pick, but hear me out. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is about as far away from a spy story as you can get, and yet it’s perfect for adaptation. The books revolve around the brutal world of Panem, a dystopia set in North America after a nuclear war. In order to keep its population under control, the government created an annual event known as The Hunger Games: one girl and boy from each of 12 districts (representing all parts of society) are chosen randomly to compete in an arena against each other until only one remains alive.
The first book in the series was published in 2008 and became so popular that it was adapted into three films starring Jennifer Lawrence between 2012-2015. While I personally enjoyed watching these movies immensely (they were visually stunning), they left something to be desired—particularly when you consider how much better Collins’ storytelling was than Hollywood could ever have hoped to replicate on screen alone! That said, if you want your next read or reread experience with this particular piece of fiction enhanced by some visual accompaniment then look no further than Netflix’s adaption!
“The Fault in our Stars” by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars is a 2012 American romantic tragedy film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. It stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff; with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles. The story follows Hazel Grace Lancaster (Woodley), a 16-year-old cancer patient who attends a Cancer Kid Support Group at her mother’s behest and meets Gus Waters (Elgort), who has been diagnosed with osteosarcoma and lost his leg to the disease.
All the above, of course, are just some of the highly praised book adaptations into movies and series that were out there in the market which you can enjoy watching and reading at your leisure.
As you can see, there are many book adaptations out there that you can enjoy watching and reading at your leisure. You’ll be sure to find a book adaptation that suits your taste!
Reading books in Dubai happens to be a favorite hobby for people when they get some free time to themselves. Kefi library cafe in Dubai is your ideal place to enjoy these adaptations with some yummy food, drinks and specialty coffee. The ambience is pleasant and welcoming and you are free to read at your own leisure.
With the progression of technology, there are more and more opportunities for writers to create their novels into movies or series. Therefore, if you want your book to be adapted into a movie or TV series then there are plenty of avenues available for that as well.