I don’t generally like horror books but seeing as it is Halloween here is a list of horror Films that were actually based off of a novel.
The Woman in Black
The Woman in Black has had two films made of the same names. The first was released in 1989 with a remake being released in 2012. The novel was written by Susan Hill in 1983 and was written in the traditional gothic style.
The introduction of Count Dracula began with Bram Stokers novel Dracula which was released in 1897. It follows the journey of Count Dracula as he moves from Transylvania to England to search for new blood. Due to this being released there has since been masses of interpretations of the book and the characters throughout films and TV.
The first Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley in 1818 and there has since been multiple films, plays and books written based upon this novel. There were further novels written on this with Dean Koontz Frankenstein (5 novels) being released in 2004.
The 2002 film, the Ring, was a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film , Ring, which was based upon a novel of the same name by Japanese author Koji Suzuki. It follows a reporter who investigated the mysterious deaths of 4 teenagers. It is set in modern Japan.
The Wickerman films were based upon a 1967 novel by David Pinner named Ritual. It follows an English police officer who investigates the ritualistic killing of a local child.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment any additions to the list you have or if you have any horror recommendations)
I often think whilst reading a book that it might be great for film and television and it would be something I want to happen but then I think that it would possible ruin it for me.
Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
One of the books that I read and thought it would be great for adaption is Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter as it is a series that is full of exiting storylines that would engage a young audience immediately. It is full of exciting adventures but also shares the stories of friendship and learning how to grow as a teenager whilst living the life of a spy. I think that it would adapt well as long as it was cast with actors that we don’t recognise or are not fully aware of so that we don’t fit the stories to the actor.
Jackson Lamb Series by Mick Herron
Jackson Lamb Series as it is full of drama and intense storyline but still has comedy embedded into it. Although I would love to see this adapted and think it could if it was done well I think it would be difficult as it is a series that it so well represented on paper. I think the hardest part would be finding actors to fit the characters as they are all so unique. I would say that this wouldn’t be a quick adaptation and it would take a long time to get it right and to allow it to represent the books.
The Carnivia trilogy by Jonathon Holt
I think this series would be a great choice as an adaptation as long as it was done well and with near enough the same detail as found in the book. I think that although it can be a little complex it would transfer onto screen really well. I think it has the right amount of mystery and excitement that it would be a great adaptation to TV as it would be full of suspense and extremely engaging.
Overall, I would say that a good adaptation relies on a well thought out plan but most importantly the actors chosen as it has a huge impact on the way you watch it as a film versus how you read it as a book.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment what books you would like to see adapted.)