There’s nothing better than sinking into your comfy chair with a wonderful book and being drifted off into a whole new world. A world that isn’t yours. Many will agree that reading books is different than watching movies, since you grow attached to the characters as their feelings and story progresses.
It’s not uncommon for a reader to actually get caught in the book to such a level that they cry, laugh, blush or scream while their favourite character goes through different life episodes.
That being said, there are five novels that you must read before you watch the movie! Not only to know what to expect before it happens, but also to compare your vision of the character to the movie’s portrayal.
Gone With The Wind
As the Civil War rages on, the life of a conceited rich girl Scarlett O’Hara becomes intertwined with the charming Rhett Butler as she navigates herself through the tribulations of poverty and forbidden love. An epic tale still unsurpassed in scale, 'Gone with the Wind' is incredible in both mediums.
While the film is awe-inspiring even 80 years later, the book is what you want to read to understand the complex human that is Scarlett and the romance with Rhett that seems destined to be turbulent. Its enormous length never seems long enough, and only by reading the book can you go on to appreciate the movie as well.
A closeted gay teenager has to figure out how to come out to his peers when his love for an anonymous classmate is discovered. 'Love, Simon'’s book version is an interesting read on its own, but it’s how the film normalises an LGBT love story that makes it better.
The movie doesn’t make it a big deal what the character’s orientation is, playing out the way any romantic comedy would, thereby making 'Love, Simon' a wonderful change from the norm where such issues are usually shown to be heavy-handed. For this reason, the movie betters on the message from the book, as it comes across as a sweet film about love.
The Best of Me
Nicholas Sparks’s books have touched our hearts many times as we grew attached to the characters in his stories and felt the emotions they were going through. 'The Best of Me' is no exception; an easy read that will bring you on a wonderful emotional journey.
Amanda and Dawson fall in love in 1984, when they were both in High School, but their relationship never makes it to the end. They both go their own ways after graduating. They almost forget about one another, until they are forced to come back together 25 years later and face the painful memories that brought them to that point in their lives. Will their love for each other be enough to surpass the pain? Read it and find out.
The Accidental Billionaires
Ben Mezrich’s non-fiction book 'The Accidental Billionaires' is a solid, entertaining, and well-researched story of the founding of Facebook and the many personalities involved, as well as a crisp, critical look at the world of privilege surrounding Harvard University.
Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay and David Fincher’s direction take that solid foundation and build an incredible character study on it — a film that effortlessly combines remarkable visual style with advanced technology (some folks still believe Armie Hammer has a twin) and razor-sharp writing.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
In 1999, author Stephen Chbosky published his iconic story, soon to become a favorite for many young adults. Chbosky dreamed of adapting his book into a screenplay from the start. Over 10 years later, with the help of producer John Malkovich, writer-director Chbosky captured the book’s difficult themes of drug use and broken friendships in a poignant film, loved by even the most devoted book fans.
The source material is only enhanced by the all-star cast, which includes Emma
Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller, and Kate Walsh.
"Because the book is always better," right?