Favorite Books Turned into Movies

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Favorite Books Turned into Movies

In this day and age, a reader might be hard pressed to find a book that has not been made into a movie, or several. I tend to read the book first and eventually get around to the movie at a later date. As we all know, sometimes the movie leaves out or condenses the happenings of the book so the story can fit either the director's vision or at least a two hour time frame. Here are my top five books that I have read that are also a movie. 

Atonement by Ian McEwan
On the grounds of a 1930s England mansion, Briony Tallis witnesses two separate acts of love and violence in the same day. With her sheltered and limited knowledge of the world, she confuses the two and embarks on a lifelong journey of regret and guilt for the pain she unknowingly caused the people closest to her. One of the reasons I love this novel is because it shows, in vivid detail, how one lie can change everything. (DCPL also owns the movie version of Atonement on DVD.)

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
This coming of age novel tells the story of Bone, an illegitimate child of a young mother trying to survive in 1950s South Carolina. In addition to her and her family being social outcasts, her stepfather has been abusing her for years. When she finally gets the courage to tell her mother, she watches as her mother chooses to believe her husband over her own child. Bone is finally able to escape the  abuse when she is sent to live with her aunt. This story shows that no matter your circumstances at birth, it does not have to define  who you are. 

Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
In 18th century England, Moll Flanders is born with two things against her: she was born a woman and she was born poor. Having to carve out a life for herself in London's dark underworld, she learns that not everyone is who they seem -- but also that there is still some kindness in the world. I suggest reading this classic if you want to read about how an act of kindness can change someone's station in life.

After by Anna Todd
The first book in a five part series tells the not so lovely love story of Tessa and Hardin. Tessa, the picture perfect model student falls for the dark, moody bad boy her first year in college. This is definitely not a perfect love story though. The love Tessa and Hardin have for each other is pushed to the breaking point when Tessa finds out something Hardin was hiding from her. I recommend this book because it shows me that love is not always pretty or easy. 

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 
This novel is about true love and the ultimate sacrifice. In 1940s Japan, a girl with the most amazing eyes rises to fame as a well sought after Geisha. After selling her love to the highest bidder and settling into a life of comfort, Sayuri seems to have everything she has ever wanted. But then World War II shakes Japan to its core. In the rubble of the city, Sayuri is re-united with the only man she has ever loved since she was a young girl. This book is one of my favorites because, not only does it introduce the reader to the Geisha world, it taught me that sometimes love can survive the most trying times. (DCPL also owns the movie version of Memoirs of a Geisha on DVD.)