Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Great American Read: #Book2Movie


Have you heard about the Great American Read? It’s a TV series making its debut tonight, winnowing down the following100 novels to the one, greatest book, according to American readers.

I told you in a previous post (where I ranted and raved a bit about the books that made the cut and those that didn’t)  eighty-five of the Top 100 Novels (selected by a poll of American readers) had been adapted into films or television shows. 

Here is the list of those books again, this time the screen adaptations are marked with  🎥 and the fifteen remaining books with 📘. Of those fifteen, by the way, five are in various stages of development. I’ve marked those with a ⌛because it’s just a matter of time before they make it to a screen as well.

The point of the Great American Read series is to vote for your favorite book. The point of this post is to ask you which is your favorite screen adaptation. Or your least favorite. Go ahead, let me know how you feel in the comments section. I’m all ears.


🎥1984/ George Orwell
📘A Confederacy of Dunces/ John Kennedy Toole
🎥A Prayer For Owen Meany/ John Irving
🎥A Separate Peace/ John Knowles
🎥 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn/ Betty Smith
🎥The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/ Mark Twain
📘 The Alchemist/ Paulo Coelho ⌛
🎥Alex Cross Mysteries (series) James Patterson
🎥Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Lewis Carroll
📘Americanah/ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ⌛
🎥And Then There Were None/ Agatha Christie
🎥Anne of Green Gables/ Lucy Maud Montgomery
🎥 Another Country/ James Baldwin
🎥Atlas Shrugged/ Ayn Rand
🎥Beloved/ Toni Morrison
🎥Bless Me/ Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
🎥The Book Thief/ Markus Zusak
📘The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao/ Junot Díaz
🎥The Call Of The Wild/ Jack London
🎥Catch-22/ Joseph Heller
📘The Catcher in the Rye/ J.D. Salinger
🎥Charlotte's Web/ E. B. White
🎥The Chronicles of Narnia (series) C.S. Lewis
🎥Clan of the Cave Bear/ Jean M. Auel
📘Coldest Winter Ever/ Sister Souljah
🎥The Color Purple/ Alice Walker
🎥The Count of Monte Cristo/ Alexandre Dumas
🎥Crime and Punishment/ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
📘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time/ Mark Haddon
🎥The Da Vinci Code/ Dan Brown
🎥Don Quixote/ Miguel de Cervantes
🎥Doña Bárbára/ Rómulo Gallegos
🎥Dune/ Frank Herbert
🎥Fifty Shades Of Grey (series) E. L. James
🎥 Flowers In The Attic/ V.C. Andrews
📘Foundation (series) Isaac Asimov
🎥Frankenstein/ Mary Shelley
🎥Game of Thrones (series) George R. R. Martin
🎥Ghost/ Jason Reynolds
📘Gilead/ Marilynne Robinson
🎥The Giver/ Lois Lowry
🎥The Godfather/ Mario Puzo
🎥Gone Girl/ Gillian Flynn
🎥Gone with the Wind/ Margaret Mitchell
🎥 The Grapes of Wrath/ John Steinbeck
🎥Great Expectations/ Charles Dickens
🎥The Great Gatsby/ F. Scott Fitzgerald
🎥Gulliver's Travels/ Jonathan Swift
🎥 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
🎥Harry Potter (series) J.K. Rowling
📘Hatchet (series) Gary Paulsen
🎥Heart Of Darkness/ Joseph Conrad
🎥The Help/ Kathryn Stockett
🎥The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy/ Douglas Adams
🎥The Hunger Games (series) Suzanne Collins
🎥The Hunt For Red October/ Tom Clancy
📘The Intuitionist/ Colson Whitehead
🎥 Invisible Man/ Ralph Ellison
🎥Jane Eyre/ Charlotte Brontë
🎥The Joy Luck Club/ Amy Tan
🎥Jurassic Park/ Michael Crichton
🎥Left Behind (series) Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins
🎥The Little Prince/ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
🎥Little Women/ Louisa May Alcott
🎥Lonesome Dove/ Larry McMurtry
📘Looking for Alaska/ John Green ⌛
🎥The Lord of the Rings (series) J.R.R. Tolkien
🎥 The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold
🎥 The Martian/ Andy Weir
🎥Memoirs of a Geisha/ Arthur Golden
📘Mind Invaders/ Dave Hunt
🎥Moby-Dick/ Herman Melville
🎥The Notebook/ Nicholas Sparks
🎥One Hundred Years of Solitude/ Gabriel García Márquez
🎥Outlander (series) Diana Gabaldon
🎥The Outsiders/ S. E. Hinton
🎥The Picture of Dorian Gray/ Oscar Wilde
🎥The Pilgrim's Progress/ John Bunyan
🎥The Pillars of The Earth/ Ken Follett
🎥Pride and Prejudice/ Jane Austen
🎥Ready Player One/ Ernest Cline
🎥Rebecca/ Daphne du Maurier
🎥The Shack/ William P. Young
🎥Siddhartha/ Hermann Hesse
📘 The Sirens Of Titan/ Kurt Vonnegut ⌛
🎥The Stand/ Stephen King
🎥The Sun Also Rises/ Ernest Hemingway
📘Swan Song/ Robert R. McCammon
🎥Tales of The City (series) Armistead Maupin
🎥Their Eyes Were Watching God/ Zora Neale Hurston
🎥Things Fall Apart /Chinua Achebe
🎥This Present Darkness/ Frank. E. Peretti
🎥To Kill a Mockingbird/ Harper Lee
🎥The Twilight Saga (series) Stephenie Meyer
🎥War and Peace/ Leo Tolstoy
🎥Watchers/ Dean Koontz
🎥The Wheel of Time (series) Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson 
🎥Where the Red Fern Grows/ Wilson Rawls
🎥White Teeth/ Zadie Smith
🎥Wuthering Heights/ Emily Brontë

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