8 books that turned into successful movies


8 books that turned into successful movies

With movies such as The Hobbit, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Hunger Games becoming such big hits at the theaters, it makes us wonder how Hollywood is relying on the method of turning books into movies, and which books actually succeeded at the box office after release.

After going through the list, I noticed there were dozens of great movies that remained true to the book it adapted from, but we narrowed it down to 8 books that turned into successful movies.

1. The Hobbit Trilogy:


We’re starting this list with the very movie people either love, hate, or simply don’t care about. It’s a masterpiece derived by Tolkien, revealing the tale before the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It follows the quest of a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his journey to win a share of the treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug.

His journey takes him through many sinister territories where the readers/viewers are introduced to strange creatures and races. Still on the rise of income at the box office, the film has so far made over $1.5 million.  

This is a pleasure meant for those who still wish to follow the journey of The Lord of the Rings by observing how it all started. So if you enjoy fantasy, adventure, and action, this is book/movie will do that for you.

2. The Hunger Games:

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Already on its third production, the Hunger Game trilogy hasn’t just proved to be an outstanding novel, but a fascinating movie too. Both book and movie capture the readers/viewers attention while delivering a powerful message as to what kind of alternate future we could expect.

This story, created by Suzanne Collins, is set in a dystopia future where every year, children are chosen to participate in an intense annual televised death match called The Hunger Games

The movie adaption has received many positive reviews from critics thanks to the work of Jennifer Lawrence portrayal of the main character, Katniss. The first film was a massive box-office success, grossing over $691 million worldwide. So if you’re contemplating on whether you should read or watch the movie, both will be a fantastic experiences.

3. The Twilight Series:


This is a book/movie that people either love or hate. But it has its reasons for doing so. This movie reflected really well off the book, Twilight, written by Stephenie Meyer, which depicts the story of a teenage girl who moves into a new town and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen. It breaks off into four books as the movies goes into five to explain the entire tale.

So if you enjoy vampire-themed fantasy romances, you shouldn’t be disappointed by either film or novel. Though this book mainly target teenage girls, people of either gender and a range of ages enjoyed it. So if you’re into romance and horror, you will enjoy this tale.

4. The Harry Potter Series:


J.K. Rowling, author of the entire Harry Potter franchise, is perhaps one of the founding authors who set the bar for sending books into the movie industry (excluding Stephen King of course).

She was the inspiration for many people to pick up their pens and start their writing dreams. There’s a reason for this too. The Harry Potter series has become an immense popularity worldwide, creating a cultural impact and commercial success.

This story has brought readers of all ages to discover the magical world that Harry enters, bringing them all to love him and the characters surrounding him. The films not only does a great job at reflecting the books, but their choice of cast members for the films made it that much enjoyable.

People not only loved the characters in the books, but the actors/actresses who played as them. The books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and films has made up to $15 billion dollars.

5. Forrest Gump:

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Not too many people know that this movie was based off a book published in 1986 by Winston Groom. The book had sold 30,000 copies and was a success in the market, but when it had hit the film in 1994, became a worldwide success, budgeting over $677 million.

Though it was not 100% in compliance with the book, both stand tall on revealing the same tale Winston had in mind. Small differences between the book and movie was that Forest isn’t told in the film for having savant syndrome, which is a condition in which a person mentally challenged demonstrates an excess ability that average people couldn’t do well on.

But despite those minor details, the movie still succeeded at reflecting the book, depicting several decades in the life of Forest Gump, a slow-witted and naive good-hearted man. In his life, he witness some of history’s greatest events and meets history most profound people.

The film along with the novel had received positive reviews by many critics and to this day, is known as one of the greatest movies ever made.

6. The Notebook:

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One of the first book to movie adaptions that displayed a loving romance many woman enjoyed. This 2004 romantic drama film is based on the novel written by Nicholas Sparks.

It goes about the narration of an elderly man telling the story of a fellow nursing home resident.

You’ll see/read how a poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich woman, giving her a sense of freedom until they are soon separated due to their social differences.

Many critics have mixed feelings about this story, but overall, it has proven to be a success around the globe. It grossed over $115 million at the Box office and has been a movie many people have come to enjoy and admire.

7. The Lord of the Ring Trilogy:

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Like the Harry Potter franchise, this book to movie adaption is perhaps one of the greatest fantasy films that’s out today. This three piece movie was in the heart of millions of fans as they watched their favorite characters hit the big screen.

Not only did it capture the attention of those who already read the books, it grabbed the attention of those who never even considered looking into fantasies.

This epic fantasy was written by J.R.R. Tolkien in 1937, going about an evil ring and war of the world to either obtain or destroy it. The films were so successful that it summed up over $2 billion at the box office and received multiple awards for its graphics.

8. The Godfather:


This is a classic tale that continues to be recognized for its great characters and story-line that would eventually be turned into the film we know today.

This crime novel was written by Mario Puzo, depicting the life of a Mafia family headed by Don Vito Corleone, who became synonymous with the Italian Mafia.

Though the novel hasn’t received the same recognition, the film has become one of the greatest films in the world, being at one point, the highest grossing picture ever made.

Critics will always see this movie as possibly one of the greatest movies ever made along with a cast so believable and outstanding, Mario Puzo story is kept inside many people hearts.


About Author

Besides being random and dealing with ADHD from time to time, Michael Gregory II is the CEO of the Self Development Workshop. He's traveled to over a dozen countries, counselled a variety of people, and continues furthering his knowledge in self-development, depression, and mastering your happiness. On his lazy days, he enjoy watching people, reading in Starbucks, and speaking to random strangers. (Yeah, he’s weird.)


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