Guest Post: 15 Best Movies About Books

January 29, 2014
Movies that focus around books or writers have a lot of material to work with. They often explore the complicated relationships that humans have with stories and how a story can change the lens with which we view the world.

No matter the storyline, they remain some of our greatest (and most favorite) movies.

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The Neverending Story
This 1984 classic is based on a German fantasy novel. It follows the story of a young boy who “borrows” a book called the Neverending Story from an old bookshop, only to discover it’s an epic story about the courage of the human spirit and the darkness of human despair.

Stranger Than Fiction
In this 2006 film, Will Farrell plays Harold Crick, an IRS agent with an unremarkable life. That is, until he suddenly becomes the main character in a novelabout his own life — complete with a narrator.

Adaptation
A 2002 film based on Susan Orlean’sThe Orchid Thief, Adaptation actually focuses on the struggle to turn The Orchid Thief into a feature film.

The Shining
This movie follows the mental breakdown of a writer who takes a job as a caretaker for a remote hotel. After being trapped by a snowstorm, the man, guided by a supernatural presence, attempts to murder his wife and child.

The Pagemaster
This 1994 animated/live action movie follows the story of boy who ends up in a library, hits his head and eventually ends up in the stories of the books that surround him — with a few big-personality books to keep him company.

Capote
A biographical film about Truman Capote, this film looks into Capote’s relationship and fascination with a family friend’s violent tragedy as he writes his own book, In Cold Blood.

Fahrenheit 451
Based on a novel of the same name by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where firemen are tasked with destroying books. The story focuses on one fireman whofinds himself questioning society and his role in it.

Misery
Misery tells the story of an author who ends up at a remote house being cared for by an “adoring” fan. After he shows his caretaker his new manuscript, however, he learns just how far she will go to keep him in the house.

The Ghost Writer
Based on Robert Harris’s The Ghost, this Roman Polanski film tells the story of a British ghostwriter recruited to finish the memoirs of a former prime minister in the midst of major scandal.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride is the classic story within a story. The movie, which tells the love story of the beautiful Buttercup and Westley, a simple farm boy, is framed by a grandfather reading the story to his grandson.

The English Patient
This movie follows the complicated life story of a burn victim toward the end of WWII. Though he can’t remember much about his life, he gets flashes of his past from a copy of the histories of Herodotus and clues found inside.

Wonder Boys
Wonder Boysis a day in the life of Grady Tripp, a professor of creative writing who is attempting to finish his second book. When his editor comes to town to check on him and discovers that Tripp’s 2,000-page book has noending, he discovers some talent in one of Tripp’s students.

The Notebook

The Notebook is the story of Noah and Allie, two young lovers with a complicated life. The entire movie is told via a diary that Noah has written about their life together that he reads to his ailing love each day.

The Hours
The Hours is based on a Pulitzer-prize winning novel (by the same name) written by Michael Cunningham. The film follows the story of three women whose lives are touched and changed by their relationships with the book Mrs. Dalloway.

Finding Forrester
Finding Forresterfollows the story of a young black student named Jamal Wallace and his relationship with reclusive writer-turned-writing-mentor William Forrester.

Author Bio
PiyaliSyam is the Community Relations Manager for @WashULaw, Washington University in St. Louis’s online LLM program, and Managing Editor of LLM Info. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books and watching movies (perhaps unsurprisingly, given the post above).

1 comment:

Lisa Mandina said...

The Neverending Story and Misery are the two I would definitely agree with from this list.

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