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The Quintessential Film Adaptations of Books

The Quintessential Film Adaptations of Books

This Oscar season bestows us the exuberance of revelling in the premier movies and performances of the previous year. And this year bears testimony to some of the most excellent movie adaptions from classic books. Two of this year’s Best...

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The Quintessential Film Adaptations of Books

Quintessential Film Book

This Oscar season bestows us the exuberance of revelling in the premier movies and performances of the previous year. And this year bears testimony to some of the most excellent movie adaptions from classic books. Two of this year’s Best Picture nominees were Little Women and The Irishman – both adapted from immortal books that have withstood the test of time. Yet another nominee Joker employed stimulus from The Killing Joke, a graphic novel. This collection of movie adaptations has assimilated the ethos of the book in every sense possible and is also well-crafted with a stroke of exclusivity as artistic pieces.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

The adaptation is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The story follows Scout Finch, whose father, a lawyer by profession, protects an African against forged rape charges. This whole process reveals to Scout and her brother Jem a nasty world gripped by racism. The movie was a blockbuster hit on its release in 1962 and remains faithful to the ethos of the book. Gregory Peck’s adept acting presents an exemplary depiction of Atticus Finch. The film was showered with accolades – three Oscars, including Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

Fight Club

Though the first and foremost rule of Fight Club is not to talk about Fight Club, let’s make an anomaly. This brilliant film is an adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s genius novel, the movie revolves around the meeting of an insomniac, Edward Norton, with a vivacious stranger on his business trip. Definitely, the elixir for insomnia is not an underground fight club. The film depicts a critical eye to the consumerist culture while also questioning the notion of masculinity. The movie portrays how men connect through violence, with a blend of satire and social critique. A visual treat to the eye, the film does justice in capturing the chagrin tormenting many as they have not unearthed the essence of life.

No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men

An adaptation based on Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 novel. Like in the book, the movie also explores the distinction of virtue and vice, and that is a futile divergence we create. The plot revolves around a Vietnam veteran who accidentally unravels two million dollars as a consequence of a Texas drug deal that goes haywire. But now he’s been tracked by a brutal killer for the money. The movie also follows a harmonious blend of comedy and violence.

The Silence of the Lambs

While bringing Hannibal Lecter is a mammoth task, but the adaptation furnishes an engaging film, presenting a tormenting tale of horror and suspense. This mesmerising adaptation will keep you affixed to the screen because of its vigour and brilliance. Moreover, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are both genius’ exhibiting their mastery as they etch in our hearts these two indelible characters – a well-crafted, precocious thriller.


The Best Eternal Classics

Epic Book

Breaking barriers and moving cultural barricades have always been the pattern of epic books. The pen that has written novels has also stirred up wars, torn down stigmas, and whatnot. Some of the immortals have been listed below—a must-read for all the book worms.

Pride and prejudice

The thought of Jane Austen stirs up the hearts of readers in thinking of enticing, humour-filled stories of love, families, and the crafty skill of finding a striking husband with wholesome fortune.

To kill a mockingbird

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning novel goes way ahead of its timeframe. The story deals with how people treat each other. In doing so, the story deals with racial discrimination, schisms, and inequalities with a blend of compassion. The story told through the eager eyes of two country rogues Scout and Jem, has created literature’s most loved heroes- Atticus Finch, a guy who’s determined to right the wrongs of racism in the South.

To kill a mockingbird

One hundred years of solitude

The novel displays magic realism at its peak. The booklets the readers fall into the inexorable expanse of time. The multi-generational spanning art piece has made a mark in the Spanish literature.

In cold blood

The ground breaking novel, perfected after six whole years of research and study, created a new genre in literature- the ‘Non-fiction novel.’ Spawning the school of New Journalism, the novel has led to the invention of the true-crime genre as we have today. The ‘true genre’ shows/series you’re obsessed with owes a great deal to this masterpiece.

The Wide Sargasso Sea

Taking a character from a classic and rewiring the same, with a new breath of life to the ‘madwoman in the attic,’ shows the readers how different the stories are the moment you change perspectives. This novel is totally dedicated to her thoughts of the world around. The book is a feminist and anti-colonial prequel to the story, ‘Jane Eyre.’

The Wide Sargasso Sea

I capture the castle

A ‘children’s book’ that would turn out to speak volumes on unreciprocated love and dysfunctional families. Cassandra’s upbringing in a crumbling castle with an odd family might not be conventional. But her growing up struggles would ring in the hearts of most readers. Hilarious in all its senses of humour.

The secret history

The story tells the tale of a cadre of smart students at an elite university and an outsider who’s forced to conceal a grave secret—the storyline us gripping to the end, well-articulated and written.

The secret history


The last finished work of Austen was one mingled with heartache and remorse. Anne’s feelings for the stunning captain Wentworth are on fire as he returns from the sea. The breath taking query remains; Will they get the next chance at good cheer.


The Everlasting Horror Books Ever

Horror Book

Literature can be a poignant, ravishing aesthetic experience. Seasoned authors can traverse us through an escapade with their well-crafted word, which we otherwise may never have encountered in our lives. The contemporary upswing of the horror genre may be attributed to the realisation that has dawned among people. This modern consciousness is ushered by the pleasure of settling into that scary novel, encountering that rush of adrenaline. Finally, when you take the lonely stroll to the washroom, your sensory perception is at the zenith, you experience all kinds of weird sounds and presence. This is the triumph of a horror novel having fetched you your own spine-tingling adventure.


By Toni Morrison

This is definitely not an easy read. The mortifying emotive burden and a rooted perception of angst that is conferred as you read through each page is the magic of Toni Morrison’s Pulitzer Prize winner. It is a quintessential horror story that revolves around a former slave surrounded by unearthly anguish pertaining to a terrifying secret. Despite Sethe’s manifold efforts to bury her past yet it still lingers endlessly in her memory and those around her. When an enigmatic teenage girl calling herself Beloved arrives, Sethe’s shocking secret detonates into the present. This book is also an examination of guilt and its impact, and different types of trauma focusing on the psychological trauma of slavery. An amalgamation of ingenious power of narrative and the invincible truth of history, this book is a compelling and engaging work of American literature – a true masterpiece.


Terrifying Tales

By Edgar Allan Poe

Poe had a flair for instilling in all his works a visceral fear. A majority of his characters represent the mentally fragile or the insane. This book is the quintessence of desolation, prowess, passionate lyricism, and agony. The book is an assortment of his sensational works of mystery, humour, terror, and adventure, and these stories include The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, The Purloined Letter, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue that established American romanticism and furnished Poe with the stature of being the most celebrated literary voice of the nineteenth century. Poe worked his unearthly magic as he utilized the fundamental fear in each individual that the world and people encircling us are not what they appear to be.

The Bad Seed

By William March

Having been published in 1954, this book was a smash hit and finalist for the National Book Award. It’s eerily credible and a completely perturbing depiction of an apparently innocent girl named Rhoda, who happens to be the cynosure of all dreadful accidents. Her mother’s knowledge that her daughter may be the reason, and her own hand makes the novel an unsettling read. This book was adapted into a Broadway show and a Warner Brothers film.

Finest Man Booker Prize-Winning Novels

Finest Man Booker Prize-Winning Novels

The Booker Prize, previously known as the Man Booker Prize, holds the reverence of being the most prestigious annual international literary fiction tribute, extended to authors writing in English irrespective of their nationality. First awarded in 1969, Booker Prize is the commemoration of fiction in its supreme aesthetic form. These books influence a generation of passionate readers and spur the creative element in them.

The Remains of the Day

By Kazuo Ishiguro

This book speaks volumes about forfeited love and conventions in post-war Britain. The book is a modern classic pursues an English butler as he mirrors his past and grapples against the incarceration of his own vanity and self-contained nature. Ishiguro has been nominated four times and was the winner in 1989, showcasing his mastery in weaving words.

The Blind Assassin

By Margaret Atwood

An exemplary experiment with genre. This book furnishes its readers with intricate layers of stories woven within stories – a daring venture, yet typical of Atwood. Laura Chase, a gorgeous young woman from an affluent family, succumbed to death suddenly in 1945. Many years later, her older sister narrates their vicious secrets from their childhood and reveals the plot of a romantic science fiction tale that made Laura popular. This book is a compelling thriller of what had happened to these two women that lingered in their unsettling, abusive past.

The Blind Assassin

Midnight’s Children

By Salman Rushdie

An eerily elegant modern classic that weaves a charm over anyone who reads this engaging book. As a book in the Magic realism genre, it depicts the harmonious blend of magic and reality in every word. As a sovereign wordsmith, he uses every opportunity to juggle with the story that emanates from the catastrophic history of the dawning of the two nations of the Indian subcontinent. Born at the exact same second as the genesis of India and Pakistan, the protagonist, Salim Sinai, has his nemesis attached to his motherland.

White Tiger

By Arvind Adiga

White Tiger

A common man’s conundrum. The juxtaposition of the rich and the poor is painted with clarity through fierce words – the deplorable reality. This gaping gulf between the rich and poor is still the actuality. The raging gap in Indian society is portrayed with all verity in this book. The story begins with a self-made entrepreneur called Balram Halwai, who writes to the Chinese premier about his transcendence from rags to riches. The story then takes a twist when immorality is depicted as a necessary evil that saved him from dying a poor man’s life. The whole story is portrayed through the variance between Servant Class and Master Class, where the former is always unquestionably at a loss.

Comic Books you Need to Read Definitely.

Comic Book

With a whole lot of comic books and materials flooding the internet and visual media, it is entirely reasonable to get overwhelmed. The diehard fans of comics would have a bunch of opinions on choice comic books and can differ on the same and certified in what’s trash. The industry has grown to such extent where new content pops up weekly, making it impossible for the newbies to know where to start with.

From epic superheroes to political thrillers and autobiographical works, this list of books will help you navigate through in your journey to finding the best comics of all times.

Comic Books

The wicked+ the divine

Bagging winner of Best comic of the 2014 British comic awards, the comic has pumped into the minds of the readers to quiet an extent. The plot happens in the world of 12 gods called the Pantheon to roam, incarnates into living bodies where they are given extraordinary powers. What’s the flip side? They get to live with those powers and celebrity life for two years, after which they die and reincarnate into other bodies. The cycle thus continues. The play is pictured through the eyes of the protagonist Laura Wilson, who herself is a significant Pantheon celebrity. Stretching over decades, the drama stars everything from culture to sexuality. The wicked is one of the most forward-thinking comics ever.

The Punisher MAX

As a part of the Marvel cosmic, the Punisher was toned into an action hero with loads of cool gadgets that kids would get enticed. But as the character is finally brought out into the mature MAX form, the elastane costume to the destructive armamentarium of weaponry and a sociopath like an attitude towards others.

The wicked+ the divine

I Killed Adolf Hitler

At times the best of all would be the simplest of all. The cartoonist brings in time travel and sci-fi model to play. The story is about a hitman time traveling to the times of world war two to assassinate Hitler. But, like most other dramas, tables turn, and Hitler gets his way into the modern world. The large plot is supplemented by the hitman’s love story adding a softer note to the account.

Fables (DC/Vertigo)

Fables bring in the popular folks of the time- Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio- to the modern world where they live as part of a secretive community called Fabletown in Manhattan’s Upper Westside. While some stories deal with action and thrill, others deal with ordinary politics of the Fabletown, showing the readers how these characters would deal with organised government systems. In this way, the Fable crosses the regular borders of Fable genre too much deeper issues.



Brian Castro

Australian Novelist

Brian Albert Castro is an Australian Novelist and Essayist. He was born in Hong Kong on 16th January 1950. He was the Chair of creative writing at the University of Adelaide and worked as Girmondo Publishing. He was born in Hong Kong, Portuguese, Chinese and English Parentage and was educated at St. Josephs College Hunter’s Hill and the University of Sydney. One of his first works, ‘Birds of Passage,’ allowed him to be recognized as it had won the Australian Literary Award.

He has been awarded several times for his stories and the books, and some of the most notable ones include: Double Wolf won The Age Fiction Prize, The Vance Palmer Prize, The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards; After China won Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The NSW Premier’s Award and was named The Book Of The Year: The Garden Book won the 2006 Queensland Premier’s Award and The Bath Fugues which was also in the race to win Miles Franklin Award; Street to Street also gained a lot of recognition as it was inspired from the life of Christopher Brennan and his latest work Blindness and Rage won him the Prime Minister’s Award. He recently won the Patrick White Award For Literature for his contributions to Australian Literature.

He has delivered several keynote addresses at Major Conferences all over the world, some of the most notable being Shanghai, Vienna, Paris, Hong Kong, Toulouse, Kyoto, etc. He has been a member of the Australian Council and a regular reviewer of Asiaweek Magazine. He also was a Macgregor Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and later was the professorial research fellow in Creative writing. Currently, he is the Chair of creative writing at Adelaide University and a member of the management committee of the JM Coetzee center for creative practices.

Brian Albert Castro

Castro currently has ten novels under his name Bird of Passage, Double Wolf, After China, Stepper, Shanghai Dancing, The Garden Book, The Bath Fugues, Street To Street, Blindness To Rage, are some of the most notable works of his. His recent award was the Mascara Avant-Garde Award for fiction writing.

The writer admits to having terrible writing habits where he can write only in his room and believes that one must write every day even if it is rubbish. He says that he is easily distracted, but that is the beauty of writing, as it allows you to come back to your writing with a new perspective.


In a recent interview, he says that there are many books that he would love that people read books. He says that reading books from different languages gives him perspective and shows him the direction to reach accuracy in history and points when writing his own works. He also says that we are terribly missed out on some of the most beautiful books like ‘The Geography of Rebels’ and ‘She is dead.’

Best Romantic Novels That Can Unleash the Amorous You

Romantic Novels

Do you feel love is in the air? Then unbridle yourself from the lethargy that grips you to explore that passionate facet in you. Light some aromatic red and white candles, unwrap your favourite chocolate assortment as you satiate your taste buds in that crispy, creamy, chocolatey treat revel in the magic of the most beautiful romantic novels – the ultimate delicacy for your soul.

Whether your secret indulgence is a historical romance that lets you time travel to the fluttering heart of yesteryear, a spectral passion that shatters the norm of flesh and blood to fall in love, soul-stirring novels that recce the poignant element in you, and sensual stories you might want to indulge while you are in the luxury of your home and absolutely not when you are travelling via public transport.

Romantic Novels

It Ends with Us

The book by Colleen Hoover bears testimony to the reality that people you love rips you into pieces. Life was always a rollercoaster ride, but she has never let these hurdles thwart her dreams. Being a newbie to Boston, from the small town in Maine, Lily accomplishes the gorgeous neurosurgeon Ryle Kincaid to pause his no dating principle. Her life has transformed into a fairy tale where everything seems too good to be true. Ryle is feisty, obstinate, brilliant, and definitely in love with Lily. But his aversion to relationships unsettles her. As these thoughts engulf her, so does her memories of Atlas Corrigan – her first love. He had the status of her defender, and with his arrival, all that she has fashioned with Ryle seems bleak.

Pride and Prejudice

Since its quick masterstroke in 1813, the book by Jane Austen has been a celebration among the English literati. Jane Austen describes this famous work of hers as her beloved child and its effervescent heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, as her immortal creation. The skirmish between a dogmatic Elizabeth and her presumptuous lover, Mr. Darcy, is a magnificent unveiling of an edified squabble. Jane Austen’s brilliant wit glitters as her characters whirl an exquisite quadrille of seduction and charm.

Pride and Prejudice


The author of this book is Diana Gabaldon, and the book is set in the year 1945. A former combat nurse, Claire Randall, has just returned from the war and reconciled with her husband. Suddenly she time travels to the year 1743 when Scotland is torn by war, and she is a Sassenach – an outlander. Claire is hurled into the conspiracy of spies, who may menace her life and break her heart. James Fraser, a youthful valiant Scots warrior, captures her with divine love – leaving her ripped between loyalty and passion, and two contrary men in two antithetical lives.