5 New York Times Best Seller Books Turned into Movies

August 28, 2020

If you are anything like me, the statement “New York Times Best Seller” on the cover of a book will bring you a step closer to purchasing it. But what if you want to spend a nice evening with your loved ones, or alone with a glass of your favorite wine, without wanting to commit to hours of reading? Below are 5 New York Times Best Seller books that have been made into movies:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, will forever be the number one on the list of my all-time favorite book-to-movie adaptations. The reason is simple: The movie plot closely resembles the book plot. I read the book, written by Stieg Larsson, in 2010, and I loved every part of it: the plot, characters, and, most importantly, the feeling of tension it brought me. I remember thinking how awesome it would be if I could watch the story on a big screen, with action movie soundtracks and special effects. One year later, the movie was out in movie theaters… and I cannot express just how astonished I was when it turned out to be everything that I had imagined it to be while reading the book. The characters come to life on the screen, just as I had visualized them, and the movie storyline is almost identical to the book plot, with great attention to detail. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is unquestionably worth trying if you like suspense, action, and a good plot twist.

Gone Girl 

Talking about plot twists, Gillian Flynn did not disappoint with her novel Gone Girl. It is one of those page-turner books that make you lose your sleep, and the movie version, directed by David Fincher, accomplishes just the same. No wonder it is rated 8,1/10 on IMDb. If you decide to watch it, I can assure you, you will lose count of how many times you change your presumptions about the ending because the finale is SO unpredictable. Moreover, do you know the look you give your significant other while watching something you can relate to in your relationship? Well, if you choose to watch Gone Girl with your partner, I can guarantee you, you will give each other the angry and suspicious side-eye at least every 10 minutes. But trust me, the movie is worth it.

The Girl on the Train

The previous two movies have no shortage of plot twists, suspense, and tension. But this particular novel written by Paula Hawkins, and later directed by Tate Taylor – The Girl on the Train – has it all. The Girl on the Train was made into a psychological thriller movie in 2016, and it triggers so many different emotions. The sequence of events touch upon love, mental health, betrayal, alcoholism, and many more everyday life struggles. Emily Blunt is phenomenal as the lead actress of the film, and although the movie has not received the best reviews, I think that watching a female mind at the end of its rope is somewhat compelling, and that’s exactly what The Girl on the Train provides.

Eat, Pray, Love

If thrillers are not your thing, and you are searching for some motivation to change your life, then Eat, Pray, Love’s movie adaptation by Ryan Murphy is a good place to start. Reading over 350 pages is not the quickest way to get valuable tips about soul-searching, so if you are willing to accompany the beautiful Julia Roberts on her quest for love and inspiration across the world for 2,5 hours, give this romantic drama a try.

The Fault in Our Stars

If you want to make use of some extra napkins at home, then go and watch The Fault in Our Stars, a movie by Josh Boone based on John Green’s book, because it will make you sob like a baby. Emotional matters such as love, life, death, family, and many more are covered in the movie, and quotes such as “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”, or “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” make you stop, think, reevaluate, and appreciate the things around you. “Okay?” – “Okay.”

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