Surprising book/movie adaptions

After reading “Rabbit Proof Fence,” I saw there was a movie adaption. I was shocked and rented it immediately afterward. This got me thinking about a lot of surprising book/movie adaptions that I had over the years! Here are some of the ones that I was shocked to see were based on books!

Die Hard- “Nothing Lasts Forever” by Roderick Thorp (Series)

Shrek- adapted from “Shrek” by William Steig’s graphic novel

Clueless: “Emma” by Jane Austen

Forrest Gump- by Winston Groom

Bridget Jones’ Diary- “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen

Mrs. Doubtfire- “Madame Doubtfire” by Anne Fine

Goodfellas- “Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family” by Nicolas Pileggi

Easy A- “The Scarlett Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Cruel Intentions- “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Apocalypse Now- “The Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

O Brother, Where Art Thou- “The Odyssey” by Homer

Pretty Woman- “Pygmalion” by George Bernard Shaw

Black Swan- by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Edward Scissorhands- “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley

Freaky Friday- by Mary Rodgers; Visa Versa by Thomas Anstey Guthrie

Independence Day- “War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells

The Machinist- “The Double” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mean Girls- “Queen Bees Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman

Jurassic Park- by Michael Crichton

Legally Blonde- by Amanda Brown

Pitch Perfect- by Michey Rapkin

The Parent Trap- “Lisa and Lottie” by Erich Kastner

Jaws- by Peter Benchley

Who Framed Roger Rabbit- “Who Censored Roger Rabbit” by Gary K. Wolf

“Shawshank Redemption- “Different Seasons” a short story by Stephen King

The Princess Bride- by William Goldman

Evil Dead- “Necronomicon” or the Book of the Dead by H.P/ Lovecraft

Psycho- by Robert Bloch

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane- by Henry Farrell

The Help- by Kathryn Stockett

Stardust- by Neil Gaiman

How to Train a Dragon- by Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III

It’s A Wonderful Life- “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Red Sparrow- by Jason Matthews

How to be Single- by Liz Tuccillo

He’s Just not that into you- by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

Silver Linings Playbook- by Matthew Quick

Blade Runner- “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick

Breakfast at Tiffany’s- byTruman Capote

Jumanji- by Chris Can Allsburg

Something Borrows by Emily Giffin

The First Wives Club- by Olivia Goldsmith

“Cyrano De Bergerac” by Edmond Bonstand


The Truth About Cats and Dogs

“Whatever It Takes


Forbidden Planet: The Tempest

West Side Story: Romeo and Juliet

My Own Private Idaho- Henry IV, part 2 and Henry V

The Lion King- Hamlet and Macbeth

10 Things I Hate About You- The Taming of the Shrew

West Side Story- Romeo and Juliet

She’s the Man- Twelfth Night

O- Othello

Get Over It- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Romeo Must Die- Romeo And Juliet

Deliver Us From Eva- The Taming of the Shrew

Warm Bodies- Romeo and Juliet

If I got any of these wrong or if want to add any to this list, post a comment! Happy reading, Book Nerds!

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