5 Books to Movie Adaptations You Probably Didn’t Know About

Pintu Biswas

There are countless films out there but only a few of them manage to touch you on a deeper level. These movies resonate with you and no matter how many days pass by, you still cannot seem to get them out of your head.

It is not shocking that most of these movies get their start as books. But when adapted as movies, they leave their imprint on the viewers because of the quotable lines and brilliant storylines. Well, if you are looking for a movie just like this, then keep reading this article because we have rounded up a list of some of the marvelous yet underrated book-to-movie adaptations.

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Having said that, let us walk you through our list of some of the greatest and most underrated book-to-movie adaptations.

1. Flipped (2010)

It is a crime how underrated this beautiful coming-of-age movie is. Based on a novel of the same name, written by Wendelin Van Draanen, it has a cute plotline with amazing execution of acting and life lessons that stick closely with you even ages after you are done watching it. Plus, if you read the book, you would realize that the film remains close to every scene, dialogue, character trait, and settings written in the source material.

It is love at first sight for Julie Baker when she sees Bryce pulls up across her street back in the second grade. From there on, she begins to develop feelings for this boy who could not be more different than her. However, Bryce never reciprocates her feeling and after six years, Julie realizes that maybe she should try to get over her crush on Bryce. Unfortunately, this is also the time when this young boy starts to see Julie for who she is; an unapologetically fearless and charismatic young girl.

Memorable Quote: Every once in a while you find someone who’s iridescent, and once you do, nothing will ever compare.

2. A Simple Favor (2018)

Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick certainly made this movie a pure treat but not many people know that it is based on a novel written by Darcey Bell back in 2017. The story pulls you in immediately and keeps you guessing what is going to happen next. A perfect thriller, if you will. Every character gives you a unique taste and this makes it even more fun to watch.

The movie tells the story of two best friends – Stephanie and Emily. Stephanie is a widowed single mother and a vlogger from Connecticut. While on one hand, Stephanie is juggling with everything, Emily seems to have it all. But everything changes for both of them, when Emily suddenly disappears and now Stephanie has to look into the matter, only to find out that her friend might have been hiding a few things from everyone.

Memorable Quote: “Everybody has a dark side. Some of us are better hiding it than others”

3. Before I Fall (2017)

It is truly shocking to us how not many people know about this movie that has been adapted from a beautifully written young adult novel by Lauren Oliver. After reading the book, when you watch a movie you will notice that it largely sticks close to its source material. Exactly like the book, the movie forces you to see everything from a new perspective and makes you reconsider your life choices.

Samantha Kingston is the popular girl at school, who has everything; a perfect boyfriend, academic grades, and a loving family. But things take a turn when she dies in a car crash. However, for reasons unknown, Samantha wakes up magically after it and starts reliving that day over and over again. This makes her evaluate her own self and the choices she had made her whole life.

Memorable Quote: “I guess that’s what saying good-bye is always like — like jumping off an edge. The worst part is making the choice to do it. Once you’re in the air, there’s nothing you can do but let go.”

4. The Polar Express (2004)

We don’t know about you but The Polar Express is our go-to Christmas movie every year. Based on the children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express faithfully follows its source material and this makes it one of our top picks. Unlike other animated films released during the holidays, this one has an eerie, serious, and adventurous vibe to it, which sets it apart from the rest.

It is Christmas Eve, and Hero Boy, who is growing skeptical of Santa Claus, decides to hop on the train to the North Pole. This magical journey results in him learning about relationships, courage, and the spirit of Christmas.

Memorable Quotes: “Seeing is believing, but, sometimes, the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”

Wrapping Up

Every book lover is always on the lookout for a perfect adaptation of their favorite underrated book. If you are an avid reader, just like us, then check out the movies we have mentioned in this article. Even if you have not read their source books, you can start doing that today and then get entertained by seeing it come to life on your screens.

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Pintu is the admin and editor-in-chief at Gizmoradar. He crafts actionable tech guides related to Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. He's been writing how-to guides for about 5+ years now and has covered many topics.


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