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Book-to-screen adaptations are extremely popular. From the ubiquitous Harry Potter and The Hunger Games to lesser known titles like Jane Austen’s Emma (also known as Clueless) and Mean Girls (based on the book Queen Bees & Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman), we’ve got something for everyone.
As the top-rated film on Internet Movie Database (imdb.com) since 2008, Shawshank Redemption has a lot to live up to when comparing it to the literary inspiration, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, included in his collection of short stories, Different Seasons.
The age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, can be applied to Downton Abbey. Which came first, the book, TV series or movie? While the TV series has propelled it into popular culture, Downton Abbey, the motion picture, is indeed based on the book, To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl.
Where a book has an unlimited number of pages in which to tell a story, a film adaptation has a finite amount of time. There are bound to be scenes found in the book that have been excluded from the film. That being said, the film, directed by Robert Mulligan, stays fairly true to the original tome.
Whether you prefer a gripping page turner or an action-packed cinematic marvel, books and movie adaptations often go hand-in-hand.