Do you know how many movies are based on books? A lot. Classics from the early days of the film industry like Tarzan of the Apes (1918) based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name—or the more modern Jurassic Park that Steven Spielberg adapted from Michael Crichton’s novel. Then of course, there are the recent film adaptations of classic literature—y’know the kind we read in high school—such as Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. There is also the trend of turning book series into television shows, as HBO did with Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City. Given the sheer number of books adapted to the screen, at least a few of them are bound to good, right?
Since I’ve already listed the adaptations I’d love to forget exist, I think it’s time to talk about the film and TV based on books that I just can’t get enough of. Out of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of movies and series inspired by literature, I decided to list my top five. To be clear though, this list only includes movies/television based on books I’ve read, which made the pool of possibilities woefully small. This list was much harder to create, but then, I think the entertainment industry is still perfecting the art of adapting books for the screen. For now, here are my favorite book-to-film adaptations.