Books on Film
Illustrated list of books made into movies
Welcome to Books on Film.Many of the world's great novels and plays have been made into films, and watching the film can be a help in getting to know the essence of a work quickly and enjoyably. A film brings a book's characters, setting, and action to life in front of our eyes and can show us in 90 minutes or so the essentials of a story which might take us weeks to read. DVD players are inexpensive and the wide availability of DVDs to buy or rent online has made movies more accessible than ever before.
When studying a play, a film can be particularly helpful because the work is designed to be performed rather than read. In the case of novels, watching the movie can never be a complete substitute for reading the book. A movie is necessarily a condensed and selective interpretation of the book. Some directors will have attempted a faithful rendition of the characters and themes, while others will have simply selected aspects the book as a basis for a movie. DVD reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and other web sites can be useful for determining how faithfully a particular film represents a book.
Within each category the list is arranged chronologically by the authors' dates. Each category also has a name index at the top. To see more information about the movies click the Region 1 (USA) or Region 2 (UK) links. For a detailed guide to DVD regions click here. I have included television adaptations, films of plays, and film and TV documentaries about authors. Each author entry also has a link to books by and about the author through which you can browse that author's works in the English Literature Bookshop. To browse all movies on DVD and the latest equipment to play them on try The Movie Store. For books about movies and movie making try The Cinema Bookshop.
To suggest movies or comment on the site please contact me at Ian@booksmadeintomovies.com
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