Bibliophiles and Movie buffs are two of the most common categories people put themselves in. Movies and Books- Two mediums which have the power to entertain, impact and influence the viewer/reader. What happens when both these forms of a single idea exist? There have been a lot of books that have been made into movies, some passed and most were disappointing and thus the single most used line to the Books vs Movies debate is “The book was better than the movie”. Here are some movies which did reasonable justice to the books they were inspired from and a few who were not quite so successful.
1) Harry Potter Series
After having watched every one of Harry Potter movies in the setting of a theatre, I can put my hand up and proclaim that it blew my mind every time (okay! Apart from probably just one of them). There are a lot of people driving their car on the other side of the road who say that books were even better, which might be true.
But the fact remains how J.K.Rowling, the author so deep down in poverty that she had to choose between feeding herself and her daughter came up with something so magical yet believable that the books in itself made over $400 million and the movies and sponsorship deals made above $20 billion. Let’s just say the movies might have missed out a few things because of the length of the books but it was still brilliant.
Overall: THE MOVIE MODERATELY DID JUSTICE TO THE BOOK
2) Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre is considered a landmark novel in the feminist movement given how it tackles the issues on morality, sexuality and ideology. The book published in 1847 was considered ahead of its time as not many were keen to touch such subjects that have been showcased in the book. The movie, released in 2011 had an apt casting and did do alright as a romance based film but the way it almost fluffed the childhood part of Jane Eyre kills the potential image building and perfect understanding of the character.
Overall: THE MOVIE DID NOT DO JUSTICE TO THE BOOK
Haider was a movie loved by critics to the core. The Vishal Bhardwaj movie stars Shahid Kapoor(Haider) as the protagonist who comes back to Kashmir to confront his uncle played by Kay Kay Menon and what follows next is a gripping enactment of the epic “Hamlet” written by William Shakespeare. The movie also stars Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor in important roles. The bibliophiles who have read Hamlet say that if you get a hand on the screenplay book of the movie you would admire the way it has been picturised in a different setting with the same nous with a powerful script.
Overall: THE MOVIE DID JUSTICE TO THE BOOK
4) Chetan Bhagat movies
At some point in our life we have intentionally or unintentionally come across a Chetan Bhagat novel. The splitting divide his writing style creates in the audience is very popular. Some ridicule it and some ridicule it afterwards. But what he does well is provide an engaging plot. His books do quite well, especially amongst the 13-25 age group and now the millenials.
Four of his books have been made into movies- One night @ The Call Centre adapted to “Hello”,The 3 mistakes of my life adapted to “Kai Po Che”, Five Point Someone made into “3 Idiots” and 2 States made into a movie by the same name. Another one of Chetan Bhagat’s Novel, Half Girlfriend has been made into a movie by the same name which he himself would produce and is slated for a May 19th 2017 release.
Two of these movies have been mega hits. Those who have read the novels say some of the things in the book are missing from the movies but those who do not like his writing style just say “Thank you” to that.
Overall: THE MOVIES DID DO JUSTICE TO THE BOOKS APART FROM “HELLO” AND BORDERLINE “TWO STATES”
This movie is adapted on the book “Othello” and is another one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s attempts to recreate a William Shakespeare and he nailed it with this one.
The depiction of the plot along with the casting was spot on (Probably Saif Ali Khan’s best work). Four main characters in the book are Othello, his beloved wife Desdemona, his loyal lieutenant Cassius and and an ultimately unfaithful consort in Iago who was also his lieutenant. The way Vishal Bhardwaj has managed to imbibe the feel of Othello in the style for Meerut is mesmerising. The book in itself has inspired a lot of plays and shows.
Overall: THE MOVIE DID DO JUSTICE TO THE BOOK
6) Shawshank Redemption
The 1994 classic movie is based on the book “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” written by Stephen King and revolves around the conditions and ideology of the prisoners at Shawshank State Penitentiary. This book was special for it conveyed a simple yet special message- Hope Springs Eternal’ and that is the soul of the book written by iconic Stephen King. It talks about the hope that keeps you going despite the number of times life knocks you down. In the movie, the story is narrated by Red, a prisoner played by Morgan Freeman. Red tells us the story of his fellow prisoner Andy Dufresne who has been falsely accused of a murder he did not commit and sentenced to a life behind bars as a result. Andy, a level-headed former banker is thrown into the deep end and faces brawling and utter humiliation and how he tackles soul sapping incidents and emotions is the beauty of this movie. As is narrated in the movie : It was a place destined to break Andy’s spirit. It’s supposed to do that to everyone. And yet Andy Dufresne calmly refuses to be broken.
Overall: THIS CLASSIC DID DO JUSTICE TO THE BOOK
Notable Mentions: Wolf of Wall Street, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Devdas.