How many times have we heard about books that became even more sensational after famous actors played the roles of the characters in the story and the movies becoming blockbuster hits? This list could go on and on but let us just take a look at some of the most acclaimed and most awarded in the books-turned-movies category.
Written by J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series is composed of seven fantasy novels about the adventures of a young wizard together with his friends Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. The story’s achievement is not only its title as a bestseller but it has also paved the way for the soaring career of the three youngsters (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) who played the major roles.
The Lord of the Rings
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of The Rings series holds the record of being the 3rd bestselling novel ever written. It has sold more than 150 million copies around the world and translated into many different languages. The trilogy includes the titles The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. This success has inspired big time players in the movie industry to produce a film adaptation based on the book. And their decision was a good one because all three films made millions of dollars and received honors from major award-giving bodies.
The Twilight Saga
Stephenie Meyer is a name that could ring bells in the book industry. With her bestselling novels that made more than $2 billion in sales worldwide, her vampire romance stories has indeed given her the right to be included in the bestseller list. Of course, who would ever forget the stimulating love triangle of Edward Cullen (the vampire), Bella Swan (the human) and Jacob Black (the werewolf/shape-shifter)? Aside from the huge following the novels received, the series of films made box office records and brought the stars (Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Stewart and Taylor Lautner) into the limelight.
If you will notice what is common among the three, the characters are so extraordinary and the stories so unforgettable. And with the success of the books and the achievement of the films, one could truly say that it takes a great story to get a great fan base.
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