The number of movies which started out as books is pretty incredible, and whilst approximately 99% of all movies ever made were originally Stephen King novels, there are others which surprise you. In some instances, the book was way better than the movie, and other times, we just got a faithful reproduction.
Now, if you’re going travelling this summer, and watching movies in the car or on the plane isn’t an option (or not your thing) you could try picking up one of these books, instead. They’re all perfect for drinking in while you travel, or during your holiday downtime. All of them are available as physical books, or on Kindle, or Audible audiobook.
We’ve picked our favourite books, which were eventually turned into movies, so that you can compare the two — you cultured little sausage, you.
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Palahniuk’s style might take some getting used to — he writes in present tense and often from a second person perspective — but if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll love how similar the two are. The book is arguably darker than the movie, with all of the fat-rendering, brain tumor-faking, hole-in-cheek-tonguing well and truly intact.
If you haven’t seen the movie, even better. Get the book and strap in.
You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled.
A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly was undoubtedly Dick’s most personal novel, the bittersweet one which caused him so much grief, and channeled so much pain. It’s the story of an undercover narcotics agent named Frank, who becomes addicted to the drug and the woman he’s been tasked with taking down.
The book is a drug-fueled ride through a dream-like California, with some of the coolest stoner dialogue you’ll ever read. A Scanner Darkly was made into a 2006 movie starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson.
If I’d known it was harmless, I’d have killed it myself!
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
You’ll know the movie version of this novel as Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott in 1982. We say movie version; Blade Runner is loosely based on Dick’s novel about killer androids, but it based on it, nonetheless.
The novel revolves around Rick Deckard, an LAPD officer, assigned to hunt and terminate a group of rogue androids. Without a doubt, one of the most important science-fiction novels ever written.
My schedule for today lists a six-hour self-accusatory depression.
The Shining by Stephen King
It’s difficult to choose which creative genius did a better job of this story, King or Kubrick, but either way, Stephen King’s 1977 original story will shred your nerves.
There’s not much else like an unmistakably King story, and you could read The Shining immediately after watching the movie and it’d still get you.
Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I’m not gonna hurt ya. I’m just going to bash your brains in.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
We love Christian Bale, and we love how deft he was at swinging an axe in Mary Harron’s 2000 movie. Easton Ellis’s book, however, written in 1991, is fantastically gory, and just completely mad.
Howard, it’s Bateman, Patrick Bateman. You’re my lawyer so I think you should know: I’ve killed a lot of people.
Those are our picks for now. What do you think? Got a book-to-movie favourite you think we should all know about? Let us know on Facebook.