It’s not a secret that there are movies based off of books, but it’s not as well known that there are books based on movies. Most of the books that are based on movies are just novelizations of the movies themselves, but there are also some books that are a continuation of the stories told in films. Let’s check out seven books based on movies.
1. Star Wars
It’s a well-known fact that the Star Wars movies are based off books by the same name. The movies were so insanely popular that years later, more movies came out as prequels, but that’s not all that these Star Wars movies have inspired. There is also a slew of books available to fans that continue and add on to different stories linked to the movies. Any fan of the original books or movies would probably enjoy the books, although a lot of them are made for children. Still, they're some of the most famous books based on movies.
2. It’s a Wonderful Life
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is a book unlike the others that you will find on this list. This book is a book based off of the movie It’s a Wonderful Life that doesn’t continue or add on to the story. It isn’t a novelization either; this is a completely original book. This is a book that says that if we were to view the same life multiple times, each time would be different. The book gets some of these ideas from the story of George Bailey disappearing from Bedford Falls in the movie.
3. The Terminator
The Terminator movies, like Star Wars, are movies that are based off of books. These movies also have novelizations of the movies themselves. On top of the novelizations, the movies have also spurred original novels as well as comic books. There was also a TV show that piggy backed on the movies' success, but that’s a story for another time.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean
Much like Star Wars, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has inspired many books to continue and add on to storylines we see in the movies. These books also seem to be targeted towards children, but it is doubtful that stops adult fans from picking up these books. Many of the books center on Captain Jack Sparrow (as if there were ever any doubt). Who could blame writers for wanting to write more stories about this awesome and beloved character?
5. Conan the Barbarian
As someone who has never seen either of the Conan movies, I can’t comment on how I feel about the book. What I can say is that the Conan movies do have a really big following, so if you enjoy the movie or movies then you should check out the book. There have been multiple book adaptations as well as comic books. While the Conan franchise started out as a magazine and then a movie, there are now many books, comic books, video games, movies, etc.
6. My Girl
If you’re anything like me, then books can make you cry easier than a movie! This movie is sad enough; I can’t imagine getting emotionally invested with the book! This is another one that’s just a novelization, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check it out.
7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
This is another book that was sadly just a novelization of the screenplay for the movie. It might be just like the movie, but I’m sure there are fans of the movie that would be willing to check out the book. This may not be the most exciting book on the list, but that doesn’t make it fit this category any less.
Well, sadly most of these books were just novelizations of the movies they’re modeled after, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth checking out. Have you read any of these books? Can you think of any that I missed?