Infographic: Films You Didn’t Know Were Adapted From Books


Many movies and quite a few tv series are based on book adaptations (and sometimes the reverse is true; Twilight, for example, is arguably a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic).

Working from a book provides a crutch for Hollywood studios which are now afraid to produce original stories. It also often gives a clearer storyline to the film, and enables it to have a more solid plotline.

While some films may be directly linked to the novels that they are based on, it might surprise you to know that some of these films were indeed based on books. For example, did you know that the SF thriller Children of Men was also a novel PD James wrote in 1992, and Forrest Gump was a novel written in 1986?

Jonkers Rare Books has crafted an infographic which connects several movies with their source book. Do you see any pairings which surprise you?



Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. poiboy8 August, 2016

    i would add World War Z to this list… oh no, wait, that was a dreadful movie. nevermind.

    1. Nate Hoffelder8 August, 2016

      I agree. There weren’t enough white guys in it saving the world.

  2. Straker9 August, 2016

    Directors and screenwriters are often criticized when they take too many liberties with popular novels but sometimes it works. Robert Wise’s film of “The Sand Pebbles” is vastly different from Richard McKenna’s book but both are excellent in their own right. Some of the James Bond films bear only the vaguest resemblance to the Ian Fleming novels they’re based on.


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