Four of the Most Beloved Romance Books Turned into Films

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February 7, 2018

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From the library to the movie theater, love is all around. The heart works in mysterious ways, but the numbers don’t lie. Examine the journey of our recommended romance books turned into films and take inspiration on how you can publish your own romance book.

People may have their preferences as to which medium is better, but if it makes one’s belly flutter with the feeling of butterflies, it’s going to please both readers and moviegoers. Studios are constantly looking to literature for material to adapt into the next big motion picture. Your book can be one for the movies, and with this, you can earn royalty rates and get more views on paper and on screen.

From book to film, here are four of our most favorite romance books.

pride and prejudice by jane austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The romance book’s history goes way back. One of the earliest authors in the genre is actually considered a feminist icon. Jane Austen was writing novels at a time when few women were openly getting published. The Bennet family is down on their luck, and they’re counting on their daughters to attract the attention of the most eligible bachelors.

Despite their initial aversion to each other, the strong-willed Elizabeth Bennet ultimately marries the aloof Mr. Darcy not for his money but true love. As Austen’s most enduring novel, Pride and Prejudice has been adapted numerous times into film and television—twice as a film in 1940 and 2005 and twice on television in 1980 and 1995.

gone with the wind by margaret mitchell

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, Gone with the Wind is a piece of classic American literature and cinema. It is a coming-of-age tale of a pampered plantation owner’s daughter, Scarlett O’Hara, and her many loves and losses, the last of whom is Captain Rhett Butler.

Gone with the Wind was a critical and commercial success in its original book form, topping bestseller lists and winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. Likewise, the film adaptation starring Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable was an Academy Award-winning box office hit in 1939.

the notebook by nicholas sparks

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks would know a thing or two about romantic books turning into movies—after all, eleven of his novels have cinematic counterparts. It all began with his publishing debut with The Notebook. Seemingly slated for success from the very beginning, it landed on the New York Times Bestseller list on its first week, staying at that list for over a year.

When Noah Calhoun and Allison Hamilton’s love story crossed over into the big screen, it was just as much of a heart-rending tearjerker that captivated audiences. Is it any surprise that co-stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams ended up dating each other in real life?

the time traveler's wife by audrey niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Who says romantic novel based films can’t be experimental? In The Time Traveler’s Wife, it’s love with a side of science fiction. Henry DeTamble is afflicted with a genetic disorder that causes him to move across different timelines in his life at a whim, straining his relationship with his wife, Clare Abshire.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel. It drew acclaim upon its release in 2003, with the film adaptation following in 2009.

 

What other romance books turned into movies do you recommend? Do you have a romance book waiting to be published? Tell us about it!

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