What Inspires Hundreds of Movies?

Going to the movies has always been one of America’s favorite pastimes. What is better on a rainy day than absorbing yourself in a movie and pigging out on popcorn and candy? When a movie is great, like really, really, great, it could actually move a person, alter their mood for the day, make them happy or sad. These popular flicks, Shutter Island, The Notebook, The King’s Speech, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gone with the Wind, The Cider House Rules, Sideways, Fight Club, The Color Purple, and The Shining are just a FEW books that have inspired movies.[1]

For the 2012 Academy Awards, six out of the nine nominations for Best Picture were movies whose stories originated from books. Five of the ten nominees in 2011 were based on books.[2] This has been an ongoing trend for years. Receiving an Oscar is considered the motion picture industry’s greatest honor.[3] Imagine the number of people who would not have received their Oscar if a book was never written for the movie that inspired the award.

Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, is one of the latest books converted to a movie version. Adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, this movie shifts through six different time periods, with some scenes being as short as a minute.[4]

People love being entertained by movies, but being enchanted by a film and having the ability to compare it to the book version is truly interesting. Books are thought-provoking and can captivate a reader for hours. Movies inspired by books can have a similar effect.

Books enable all different groups of people to make money. Movies that are inspired by written books are normally very successful, often raking in millions of dollars and are highly recognized.[5] The Great Gatsby is “coming to the big screen” in 2013 and has high hopes of being a wild success.[6] Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, the president of international distribution for Warner Bros, has faith that this upcoming book to movie flick “will be the perfect summer movie around the world.”[7]

Many people do not realize that the creative genius behind so many movies started from a book. The P.A. Hutchison Company firmly believes books are here to stay, and when movies are continually developed from them, it reconfirms our thoughts.


[2] Usatoday.com, 2012

[3] Oscars.org

[4] Mtv.com, 2012

[5] Usatoday.com, 2012

[6] Imdb.com

[7] Csmonitor.com, 2012

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