9 adapted screenplays that aced the book-to-film conversion

Sakshi Sharma
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Best adapted screenplays

This World Book Day, get inspired by these adapted screenplays that effortlessly adapt stories from books and push you to pick up that novel you've been struggling to get back to.

Oppenheimer, the most talked about and award-winning film of last year, is actually adapted from a book, a biography titled 'American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer'. But there is no denying that the book, in Christopher Nolan's hands, turns from scientific exploration into cinema. Just like that, many adaptations from page to screen have left us all stunned in the past. Even though it is a little embarrassing to admit, many times, it is the film or a TV show that has led us towards the book. But that doesn't mean we should all completely rely on visual content to tell us these incredible stories. After all, when you read a book, you enter a world built purely on your imagination! 

Unfortunately, we live in a time when visual content gets more eyeballs and it's rare to see a person reading a book today. With this list, we aim to drive people back to their origin found in the written pages. Ultimately, if these films could be inspired by these pages, we could too!

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Call Me By Your Name 

Beyond the love story, it is the poetic aesthetic mood of the book that the film wears so well, which makes it a perfect adaptation of the book while being a fine piece of cinema! 

Normal People 

This TV show is one of those few adaptations of a book that made it even more popular and surpassed the written word with its cinematic brilliance!

12 Years of Slave 

This film is considered a near-perfect adaptation of Northup's memoir, if not entirely accurate. In addition, the memoir and the film together become a remarkable study of slavery in the past! 


This cult-famous series becomes an insightful experience inside the minds of real serial killers. Based on the 1995 true-crime book 'Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker', it turns investigative truth into an emotional thinking cinematic piece! 

Little Women 

Although this book has been adapted many times, none were like Greta Gerwig's adaptation which goes beyond telling the story in the book and also combines it with the author's real story.

Sherlock Holmes 

Arthur Conan Doyle's famous character has found many adaptations over the years, but none are like the 2010 British drama series. It brings back Sherlock Holmes's genius eccentrics and places him in the present world, making him more relatable than a fable! 

The Godfather 

If there is any film that has achieved the same critical acclaim and cult status as the book it is based on, it is The Godfather. At times, the film even surpasses the book! 

The Queen's Gambit 

This series is yet another perfect adaptation that brings the book's lived-reality experience to life as a visual spectacle. A lot of people read the book after watching the series!

Shawshank Redemption 

Considered the greatest film of all time, Shawshank Redemption is adapted from Stephen King aka the king of horror stories' short story and elevates the story even further! 

While there are tons of examples for this genre like Lord of the Rings, A Beautiful Mind, The Imitation Game, Brokeback Mountain, Slumdog Millionaire, Ponniyin Selvan, and more, these particular screenplays have received cult status with their unique cinematic outlook in bringing the written word alive onscreen! 

Have you watched any of these before? Tell us in the comments below!

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