Timeline: Films Adapted From Fiction
The year of 2012 has been (and continues to be!) full of movies based on books. Movies like The Hunger Games, The Lorax, and Savages hit the box offices hard, and we are all looking forward to The Great Gatsby, The Hobbit, and Breaking Dawn to sweep us away.
However, I would like to a minute to bring us all back to up speed by going through some oldies but goodies of books appearing on the silver screen.
1936- Gone With the Wind adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s novel of the same name
1939- Wuthering Heights adapted from Emily Brontë’s novel of the same name
1946- It’s a Wonderful Life based on Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story “The Greatest Gift”
1961- Yojimbo adapted from Dashel Hammett’s Red Harvest
1971- A Clockwork Orange adapted from Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name
1971- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory adapted from Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name
1987- The Princess Bride adapted from William Goldman’s novel of the same name
1992- A River Runs Through It adapted from Norman Maclean’s novel of the same name
1993- Schindler’s List adapted from Thomas Keneally’s book Schindler’s Ark
1994- Forrest Gump adapted from Winston Groom’s novel of the same name
1995- Clueless adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma
1999- 10 Things I Hate About You adapted from William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew
2001- Bridget Jones Diary adapted from Helen Fielding’s novel of the same name
2001- Josie and the Pussycats adapted from the Dan DeCarlo comic of the same name
2001- Harry Potter film series begins adapted from J.K. Rowling’s series of the same name
2001- The Lord of the Rings film series begins adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien three book volume of the same name.
2004- The Notebook adapted from Nicholas Sparks’s novel of the same name
2005- The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe adapted from C.S. Lewis’s novel of the same name
2007- 300 adapted from Frank Miller’s comic series of the same name
2011- Cowboys & Aliens adapted from Scott Mitchell Rosenberg’s graphic novel of the same name
2011- The Help adapted from Katheryn Stockett’s novel of the same name