Five book-to-movie adaptations that teach us valuable life lessons
The impact movies have on our lives is unlike any other. Years, even decades, may pass, but the learnings and accomplishments you accumulate from a movie stay with you for a lifetime. We’ve seen our favorite books come to life on the big screen over the years, and it’s always exciting to hear about upcoming book-to-movie adaptations. Unraveling a story through each medium may be different, but the two nonetheless share the same magical experience. Here are five book-to-movie adaptations that teach us valuable life lessons:
5. The kite
The heartbreakingly beautiful novel is about loyalty and how the choices we make ultimately determine what kind of people we are. The story takes place before and after the fall of Khabul and follows the unlikely friendship between a wealthy Afghan boy, Amir, played by Khalid Abdalla (green zonelisten)) in the film adaptation, and the son of his father’s servant, Hassan, played by Ahman Khan Mahmoodzada, whom Amir later discovers is his half-brother. The film brings to life the painful plot that begins with a beautiful friendship ruined by a devastating betrayal, which led to a life plagued by guilt and repentance. We can fall several times in life, what matters is how many times we are able to get up. Amir has wronged Hassan in the worst possible way and attempts to do good through his late friend/brother’s son, Sohrab, played by Ali Danish Bakhtayari. It’s a story of second chances, and how we can try to redeem our past mistakes by being more empathetic human beings and living for a higher purpose than ourselves.
The film adaptation of the gripping novel won major awards during the 2016 awards season, starring Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) winning Best Actress at the 88th Academy Awards. The story follows a young woman, Joy “Ma” Newson, played by Larson and her five-year-old son, Jack, played by Jacob Tremblay (Wonder), who was born in captivity. Readers and viewers were taken on a gripping journey that covered Ma’s abduction, as well as her captivity and escape with Jack. The story touched on how Jack copes with life in the outside world for the first time and how there is light at the end of a very dark and long tunnel. Traumatic experiences can stay with us for a long time. The support we receive from family and friends, as well as the will and strength to move forward are the keys to surviving the harsh realities that life sometimes throws at us.
3. Little Women
Louisa May Alcott’s novel has already been adapted for the big screen too often. We’ve heard and re-watched the March sisters’ story time and time again, but we always look forward to seeing the literary classic come to life time after time. The story revolves around the lives of the four March sisters – Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg. The novel was ahead of its time as it centered on empowering women, while promoting the importance of honesty, hard work, and self-esteem. It’s a family drama that has transcended generations and will continue to do so for years to come.
2. Fight Club
Chuck Palahniuk’s bestselling novel became a cult classic that is still quoted to this day. The story follows an unnamed narrator, played by Edward Norton (Moonrise Kingdom), a dissatisfied white-collar man who leads an ordinary life. He meets a weird, free-spirited soap salesman named Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt (Once upon a time in Hollywood), which changes his life. The two join forces to form an underground Fight Club in which other dissatisfied adult men can fight, the only rule being not to speak or even mention Fight Club to anyone else. The storyline explains how people leading dissatisfied and boring lives would jump at the chance of something more exciting. The film’s anonymous narrator may have found a new escape in the form of Tyler and Fight Club, but it didn’t last long. The film shows us how relentless basic human nature can be in its search for the perfect life. It’s important to remember to keep your head above water, because the things you own can end up owning you.
1. Pi’s life
Apart from the standout visuals, the film adaptation of the philosophical novel has garnered critical acclaim and global attention. It follows the story of a sixteen-year-old Indian boy named Pi Patel, played by Suraj Sharma (Country), who survived 227 days after being shipwrecked by running aground on a lifeboat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger. The film explores spirituality and philosophy, as it covers the value of perseverance, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Pi never lost hope and just kept his eyes on surviving the harsh conditions. Obstacles will always come our way, and our mindset can make or break us. No one ever said life would be easy, but having a half-full perspective will make the journey all the more worthwhile.