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Favorite Books Made into Movies

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The list author says: "In many cases important books are awarded literary prizes and obtain more readership. Possibly some of the readership comes from Hollywood and so significant literary prize winners have more often become movies than obscure literary works."
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
""Gone With The Wind" was not only one of the best books of all time, it won a Pulitzer Prize for Literature.  It is also one of the most beloved movies ever."
Lonesome Dove: A Novel
Lonesome Dove: A Novel
"McMurtry is a splendid author. His telling of this story helps define life in the early days of Texas and the cattelmen. Along with "Roots" one of the most watched and loved TV mini-series ever. Robert Duval gave a terrific performance."
The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
""The Grapes Of Wrath" is studied by students everywhere. Steinbeck's character development and feel for a time in history that stays forever in the reader's memory. The picture is also a one of a kind. Henry Fonda gave what may be his greatest performance."
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
The Killer Angels: The Classic Novel of the Civil War (Civil War Trilogy)
"What a great book, a Pulitzer Prize winner, a captivating story and an elightening view of an important part of our past. The movie filmed from the book is "Gettsburg" also an excellent movie."
Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
"It only takes a moment to view the scene when Inman ends his odessy and returns to Ada. The movie was an excellent adaptation."
Blood Work
Blood Work
"One of Michael Connelly's best novels. He is considered by many as the premier mystery writer today. The movie was a good representation of the book."
Mystic River
Mystic River
"Mystic River was a thought provoking view of a part of America that we don't see every day. The film featured Sean Penn was close to the book and Penn did a great job."
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead
"Made into movie with Tommy Lee Jones, the acting, the author's words put into print, the image of a current crime being helped by Confederate Soldiers who fought in the area of the crime, excellent."
American Nightmares
American Nightmares
"One of the true stories of good versus evil. A suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. The movie was well made and memorable"
Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Ragtime: A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
"The well told story about a time in history that has great menaing was put into print keeping the story intact. Good acting and settings of the New York area and nice musical accompanyment."
The Yearling (Aladdin Classics)
The Yearling (Aladdin Classics)
"Not only a great book for adults. Her writing is so universal that it could be considered for children also. Pulitzer Prize winner. Who could forget Jody Baxter, the son of the farmer Penny Paxter. Jody is right up there with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn as great child characters in literature."
PATRIOT GAMES.
PATRIOT GAMES.
"In the early part of his career, Clancy could write like no other. The film held the reader's attention and was enjoyable throughout."
The Invisible Man (Signet Classics)
The Invisible Man (Signet Classics)
"What fun. Can't you picture the character's reactions when the invisible man begins speaking to them. The film was a good adaptation."
The Firm: A Novel
The Firm: A Novel
"Grisham is a master at creating suspense. The reader is able to see themselves in a situation that could happen. Tom Cruise did one of his better acting jobs in this film and Gene Hackman was splendid."
A Farewell to Arms
A Farewell to Arms
"A unique view of War, from the point of view of an ambulance driver. Excellent novel by Ernest Hemingway, one of the best. The movie, what can I say, Gary Cooper, a legend. He died too soon at age 60 but left a legacy that is hard to imagine."
The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs
"It's hard to think of a book that had such suspense and drama. When they describe a page turner in novels, this book should be the prime example. The movie has become a legend. Jodi Foster did a splendid job and Anthony Hopkins did one of the finest acting jobs I have ever seen."
War & Remembrance
War & Remembrance
"Well made historical novel about WWII and the holicast. The TV miniseries was well done with the musical background, difficult to see but left a lasting memory."
The Friendly Persuasion
The Friendly Persuasion
"Not only a great book and wonderful movie but who could forget the song by Pat Boone?  "Thee I love..." What memories."