Auckland Libraries: Books made into movies/TV shows

Books made into movies/TV shows

Was the movie or book better? Here are a few of our favourites books that were made into movies/TV shows.

The English patient

Michael Ondaatje

Starring Ralph Fiennes and set in Italy after WWII, the movie version of The English Patient won 9 Academy Awards. More recently the novel was voted the best Man Booker Prize winner of the last 50 years.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote

The movie version of Truman Capote's romantic comedy novella of the same name stars the classic Audrey Hepburn as young socialite Holly Golightly.

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Little women

Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s classic story of the March sisters navigating what it means to be young women in 19th century New England has just been remade as a television mini-series starring Emily Watson, but there are plenty of versions to choose from!

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The bookshop

Penelope Fitzgerald

A young widow risks everything to open the only bookshop in an English seaside town in the 1950s, in this year’s movie version of Penelope Fitzgerald’s Booker Prize short-listed novel, starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy.

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A game of thrones

George R. R. Martin

The TV series Games of Thrones is based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Creative lineage is layered with revelation like the show itself. Martin took inspiration from Maurice Druon‘s French historical series The Accursed Kings.

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The lovely bones

Alice Sebold

Peter Jackson's 2009 movie and the book by Alice Sebold are told through the eyes of 14-year-old Suzie who is looking down from heaven after she was raped and murdered, grappling with the effect events on earth are having on family and friends.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer

A writer unexpectedly bonds with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences, in the film based on this bestselling novel.

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Red sparrow

Jason Matthews

A masterful spy thriller based on a novel by Jason Matthews, a writer in the tradition of John le Carré. A ballerina, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the movie version, is recruited by Russian intelligence for an operation against the CIA.

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Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk

When a nameless thirty-ish yuppie grows bored of his comfortable life, he becomes involved in an anarchic subculture called 'Fight Club'. The movie based on this cult novel stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

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The color purple

Alice Walker

The heart-wrenching story of Celie, a young black girl in the early 20th century who's forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister, was made into a movie by Steven Spielberg, starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg.

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