7 New York Times Book to Film Adaptations bestsellers you need to watch

The New York Times Bestseller The list is often seen as the indicator of a successful book, while also being a major step leading to greater success in the future. The list, published weekly, ranks the best-selling books according to the NYT. Getting a spot on the list leads to greater opportunities in public media. However, the NYT bestseller list is believed to have become outdated, but even before that, the list was believed to be biased. The Observer has noticed possible problems with the private and secretive process the NYT uses to decide choices on its list, for example, that it could be used so they have a say in which books get credibility. The Observer even mentioned the pattern of NYT employees with books ranking higher on the list and retaining a place on the list longer than non-NYT employees.

Either way, New York Times bestsellers have and likely always will retain their credibility and respect, making them one of the best in terms of investment for film adaptations. Book-to-movie adaptations have always been very popular and are good investments for movie studios, as the books usually already have a fanbase that can be drawn into theaters. But there will always be those, of course, who think the film adaptations of their favorite books never do the stories justice. Nevertheless, the film adaptations retain their popularity. So we’ve put together a list of the New York Times best-selling book-to-movie adaptations you need to watch.


7/7 the brilliant

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Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, the brilliant stars Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall and Danny Lloyd. The psychological horror, directed by Stanley Kubrick, was released in 1980 and centers on Jack (Nicholson), a recovering alcoholic writer who takes a job as a janitor at the Overlook Hotel with his wife and son, Wendy and Danny. His son has psychic gifts called “the Shining” and while they are snowed in at the hotel, Jack slowly begins to descend into madness. The film had a strong influence on pop culture, producing numerous parodies and influencing other filmmakers. Most notably, however, the most common scene of the brilliant which is quoted is Nicholson’s line, “Here’s Johnny!” In 2018, the film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.

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6/7 Charlie’s world

Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in _The Perks of Being a Wallflower_
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Charlie’s world defined the teen Tumblr culture of the early 2010s, with quotes and its imagery of teenage mental illness. The book it was based on, of the same name, came out in 1999, and although it received mixed reviews – some calling it a The catcher in the Ryen– the book has always developed a cult following and finally got its own movie in 2012. The film, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, follows Charlie, a clinically depressed teenager with a traumatic past, beginning his first year of high school, but because of his shy and shy personality, he finds it difficult to make friends until he befriends two seniors, Sam and his half-brother Patrick, who take as a friend. There have been rumors that John Hughes, best known for writing and directing other coming-of-age films like The breakfast club and Ferris Buller’s day off, was originally meant to adapt the book, but it never materialized. Regardless of, Charlie’s world remains the perfect story for young teens who can relate to Charlie, giving them the reassurance that it’s okay to be a wallflower.

5/7 The hate you give

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The hate you give is a 2018 drama film following a black teenager, Starr Carter, as she mourns the death of her childhood best friend after he was wrongfully killed by a police officer, and becomes the key witness to his death, having been in the car with him when he was arrested. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russel Hornsby, KJ Apa, Sabrina Carpenter and rapper Common. The film is an adaptation of a book of the same name by Angie Thomas, and it is also her first novel. The story was originally a short story she wrote after the police shooting of Oscar Grant, but she later developed it into a novel. Naturally, the book has drawn controversy for attempting to bring understanding to the Black Lives Matter movement and has been removed from school libraries in Katy, Texas, and some rural school districts in Washington (via Vulture). But it’s a movie and a book that need to be heard, which is why it’s made our list of book-to-movie adaptations you need to watch, especially during the times we’re in right now.

4/7 The Martian

Matt Damon as Dr. Mark Watney
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The Martian is a science fiction film based on a novel of the same name by Andy Weir. What makes this book-movie adaptation more unique from the others on this list is the fact that the book was originally self-published on Weir’s blog after being repeatedly rejected by mainstream publishing. He released the book one chapter at a time on his blog for free, which eventually led to a devoted fan base asking him to put the book on Amazon Kindle. Upon completion, the book topped Amazon’s list of best-selling science fiction titles. This is what caught the attention of Weir and his book on traditional publishing by Crown Publishing Group and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. As well as being a source of inspiration to other budding writers, the book is scientifically accurate because Weir, the son of a particle physicist and electrical engineer, did a lot of research when he started writing, wanting the book to be the as realistic as possible.

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3/7 Forrest Gump

Forrest (Tom Hanks) talks to a nurse at the park
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Probably one of Tom Hanks’ most famous roles in his entire career, Forrest Gump is an adaptation of a book of the same name by Winston Groom, which follows the title character as he tells stories of his life growing up in Alabama and groping around famous moments in American history, including the War of the Vietnam and Nixon’s Watergate scandal. That said, a lot of things have been changed or removed from the book to make it easily consumable for the movies. Forrest Gump was released in 1994 and became the second highest-grossing film that year, earning over $670 million at the box office. It also won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Hanks, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing. In 2011, the film was chosen for preservation at the Library of Congress. It’s hard to imagine there’s a single person who hasn’t seen this movie, especially since there was even a Bollywood adaptation of the book, but if you haven’t, you have to give him a watch.

2/7 Thesilenceofthelambs

Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.
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A film that has been quoted and parodied in all television and film media, Thesilenceofthelambs is a psychological thriller that stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychiatrist turned cannibalistic serial killer and Jodie Foster as an FBI intern. Based on a book of the same name, it follows Clarice Starling (Foster) as she tries to catch a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills and skins young girls. She is persuaded to seek the help of Dr. Hannibal Lector (Hopkins) in catching the killer, as Hannibal’s insight could come in handy. The character of Hannibal Lector is considered one of the greatest movie villains in history and has also become iconic in imagery, especially when fully restrained (as seen in the image above ). The film won the Big Five at the Oscars, making it the third film in history to accomplish such a feat, and was also selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 2011. The film’s success also sparked many sequels following the notorious Hannibal Lector.

1/7 The Godfather

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And finally, The Godfather, a film widely adored by moviegoers around the world. Even 50 years after its initial release, it is still considered a cinematic masterpiece. Originally a book released in 1969, the story follows the Corleone family, one of the Big Five Italian Mafia families, led by Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and focuses on the transformation of their youngest son ( Al Pacino) into a ruthless mafia boss. . The American Film Institute ranked it the second greatest film in American cinema, just behind Citizen Kane. It also won Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay at the 45th Annual Academy Awards, but is best remembered by Brando’s boycott of the awards and refusal of his award by sending the Native American activist, Sacheen Littlefeather, in his place to explain why he did not show up to collect his award. The film was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in 1990 and is a film everyone should see at least once.

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