Film Buffs and Book Worms Unite! Here Are 11 Movies About Books
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Fantastic Movies About Books
But what exactly do we mean when we say movies about books? These are movies in which books somehow play a big part to the plot of the movie. One book on our list is about an author whose next book is written for a rather unconventional reason while two different movies involve a book club.
The movie genres run the gamut of genres, including horror, romcoms, children's movies, and drama. That just goes to show you how big of a role books play in both our lives and even in our movies!
1. The Pagemaster
If you don't remember remember 1994's The Pagemaster, you're in for a treat! Part live action/part animated, the movie is about a boy who runs into a library to escape the rain and meets the Pagemaster along the way. Lost, the boy asks for directions. That's when his adventures through the books begin.
2. Dead Poets Society
The 1989 BAFTA winner Dead Poets Society is about a ragtag group of kids attending an all boys prep school in 1959. They meet their rather unorthodox new English teacher, Mr. Keating, who helps the boys break out of their shells and begin growing into the adults they will someday become.
3. Julie & Julia
Julie & Julia is based on a memoir by Julia Powell and Julia Childs' My Life in France. The movie weaves the stories of Julia Childs in the 1950s as she learns to cook and ultimately writes a cookbook and Julia Powell in 2002 as she attempts to cook each recipe in Childs' Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year, blogging her attempts.
4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Harry Potter series needs little introduction. In the sixth movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, a text book plays a huge part within the movie, motivating many of Harry's actions. The second movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, can also be added to this list considering Tom Riddle's diary plays a huge part of the plot.
5. The Princess Bride
Since its initial release in 1987, The Princess Bride has been a beloved film to audiences of all ages. What's fun about the movie is that, the grandfather reading a book to his grandson is fact, while the fiction (and the part everyone loves) is the endearing love story of Princess Buttercup and Westley.
6. The Evil Dead
Released in 1981, The Evil Dead is a cult classic. In the movie, college students find a book called the Naturan Demanto, similar to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, in a cabin they vacation in. Turns out the book, along with incantations, resurrect a demon and all hell breaks loose. The Evil Dead spawned three more films, a comic book series, a TV show, video games, and even a musical. Not too shabby for a low budget horror film!
7. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Based on a book of the same name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is about a book club who call themselves the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society after getting stopped by German soldiers during WWII. A few years later, one book club member begins writing to an author who takes interest in the book club and travels to the island of Guernsey to write about them.
8. The NeverEnding Story
The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 West German movie that covers the first half of Michael Ende's novel with the second movie in the series, The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, more or less covering the second. An original third movie, The NeverEnding Story III , was also released. The story follows Bastian who happens to encounter a book called The NeverEnding Story, steals it, reads it, and has unexpected adventures along the way. I have the song stuck in my head as I write this!
9. The Jane Austen Book Club
The Jane Austen Book Club is a tale about - you guessed it! - a book club dedicated to Jane Austen books. But it's also a really fun movie. A group of six people join the book club, four who know each other and two newcomers, and cover each of Austen's six books over the course of six months. Along the way, they deal with broken hearts, falling in love, and personal growth.
Most people are at least familiar with the plot of *Misery, a movie based on Stephen King's novel and which won Kathy Bates an Oscar for Best Actress. A woman named Annie Wilkes finds novelist Paul Sheldon after drives off the road during a blizzard. She takes him back to her house and, discovering he plans to kill off her beloved character Misery in her book series, she finds a few creative ways to revive Misery.
11. The Book Thief
The Book Thief is adapted from a novel by Markus Zusak. It is about Liesal, a young girl who is sent to live with foster parents after losing her family during WWII. Despite not being able to read, she steals books when she can and is eventually taught by her foster father when he discovers she is unable to read. Liesal, along with everyone she loves, is forced to deal with the atrocities of war.
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