Struggling to choose a beach read this summer? Look to the silver screen for inspiration…
There’s nothing better than getting to the beach, knowing your kids have hours of fun ahead of them, leaving you time to don your shades, settle back and enjoy a good long read. But which page-turner do you plump for?
Well, we had an idea. Recently, we asked you to vote for your favourite books that have been adapted into films. Why would such a book make a good choice?
– If you liked the film, you’re pretty much guaranteed to like the book!
– You already know what happens, so there’s no chance of getting lost – unless the director changed the original ending…
– You get to know your favourite characters even better, and immerse yourself in their world.
You came back with some absolute corkers. Here’s your top five:
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Can’t wait another five months to find out how The Hunger Games ends? Just cheat and read the books! Addictive and action-packed.
4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
The first volume in this seven-part series was published 65 years ago but Lewis’ writing has really stood the test of time. Like The Hunger Games, it is partly inspired by Greek mythology.
3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
You guys sure like your fantasy. This trilogy is truly epic, spanning multiple years, continents and species. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked – but at number three, it’s not the one book to rule them all…
2. Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
Nope, we didn’t know it was a book either. Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his portrayal of the eponymous hero in the 1994 film, but you might find that Groom’s Gump isn’t quite what you remembered. (You’ll have to read it to find out what we mean…)
1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
No surprises here. The first generation of Potterheads may be in their thirties (!) now, but the story of the Boy Who Lived continues to captivate Muggles of all ages. Even die-hard fans of the films will discover whole new levels of magical awesomeness hidden in the books. And if you’ve never believed the hype, now’s the perfect time to give Harry a whirl – the first instalment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is only 223 pages long and if you like it, there’s another six volumes to (ahem) fly through.
Helen Wills, who blogs at Actually Mummy, agrees: “Oh without a doubt it has to be the Harry Potter films. Both the kids and the adults in our family love all of them, and our box set has been watched many, many times. In fact, I had never read the books before seeing the films; I asked for full set for Christmas so I could read them to the children, but before I even got round to the first one, my daughter had ‘stolen’ them and read them all on her own. Several times.”