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8 of our favourite book to film adaptations

Nicholas Sparks is incredible author, isn’t he? We are massive fans of ‘The Notebook’ and ‘Dear John’. And his latest story ‘The Choice’ hits the big screen on March 4.

To celebrate the release of ‘The Choice’ we have rounded up 8 of our favourite book to film adaptations.


1. Little Womantumblr_ndvsqzTRuu1tg3wy3o1_400Louisa May Alcott’s iconic tale of sisterhood has been reimagined on screen in various incarnations over the years, but the 1994 version has to be the most famous.

With an all star cast including Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst,  Trini Alvarado, Claire Danes and later Samantha Mathis as the March women as well as Christian Bale, Eric Stoltz and Gabriel Byrne as some of their love interests. This is not only a great adaptation but also the perfect film to watch at home on Mother’s Day.

2. Bridget Jones Diaryanigif-enhanced-buzz-31986-1366017632-1Helen Fielding’s chronicle of its eponymous heroine captured the hearts and attention of a generation with her memorable, yet relatable, list of faux pas and quotable one-liners.

The film version is the perfect adaptation, with Colin Firth playing a role based on a role he previously played. Hugh Grant is a fun twist on his nice guy persona and Renee Zellweger is just our fave. 

3. Atonement tumblr_mbn5mpJAsb1rogb13o3_500Joe Wright’s direction of this award winning film perfectly encapsulates the array of emotions built into Ian McEwan’s heartbreaking novel of loss, regret and love.

Launching the career of Saoise Ronan, the film also featured some of Britain’s best talent including James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juno Temple, Alfie Allen and Brenda Blethyn. As beautiful and original as the source material.

4. Doctor Zhivagotumblr_nra0v98cjJ1qbfm1po1_500It’s always a good sign when a book is adapted into a film, but even more so when that adaptation is remade. And so it is for Doctor Zhivago, based on the book by Boris Pasternak, which was made into a film,

It was directed by David Lean and starred Omar Sharif and Julie Christie in 1965 and subsequently a TV mini series starring Keira Knightley, Sam Neill and Hans Matheson.

5. The Notebooknotebook-2-1439324856It takes a cold person to not be moved by this inspiring love story based on Nicholas Sparks best selling novel.

Starring Rachael McAdams and Ryan Gosling in the roles which catapulted them into the A-list, this film features amazing performances, beautiful landscapes and a powerful story of young love and forever love. So, what more could you ask for?

6. Pride and Prejudice tumblr_nyr17lLhRp1rgqml6o1_500Another Joe Wright and Keira Knightley collaboration based on a powerful book.

It was always going to be hard to beat the TV version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth of Jane Austen’s classic novel, but this film does a good job. With great, surprising casting, beautiful cinematography and direction.

7. CluelesslargeLoosely based on Austen’s Emma, this teen comedy written and directed by Amy Heckerling spawned a decade of teen movies based on classic books as well as the vocabulary of a generation. Funny, sweet and (almost) educational, what’s not to love?!

(We still quote this on a daily basis, ugh! As if!)

8. The Choice 3a434e28-02d4-426c-b243-4d5efe357a7d-large16x9_TheChoiceLionsgate8Finally, if you are stuck for Mother’s Day plans or want the perfect date night, Lionsgate is releasing ‘The Choice’ in cinemas from March 4.

Based on another Nicholas Sparks book and starring Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Grace, this is a story of endless love. From first meetings to marriage and parenthood and the various choices we make along the way . 

‘The Choice’ is out in cinemas from March 4, will you be going to see it? Let us know over on Twitter @maximumpop.


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Written by Hannah Lovejoy

I'm the Film & TV Channel Manager at MP! I love sitcoms and Rosa Diaz is my spirit animal. I probably drink too much coffee - also guilty of quoting Hamilton The Musical on a daily basis. Tweet me @HanLovejoy!

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