What are the best books to read before they were made into movies?

Have you ever had an experience where you are too excited to see a movie just because you loved the book version so much and ended up saying "The movie was nothing like the book version!"? Like, no matter how hard you try to defend the film, you just know the book by heart and it's definitely better! But in Hollywood, adaptations will never be off the table. In fact, the Academy Awards has a dedicated screenwriting category for that! And let's accept the fact that filmmakers know the books that tickle our fancy and so they audaciously turn it into a motion picture because more often than not, it will be a box-office success. Some will hate it (of course) but remember that negative publicity is still publicity.

And when it comes to movies, there is no better source than a community of voracious readers and avid watchers that actually takes binge-watching seriously! Here you can find a curated list of the best books to read before they were made into movies. Indulge yourself in some classic books like The Turn of the Screw or some newly turned ones like P.S. I Still Love You. Yeah, you read that right! New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han, the writer of To All the Boys I've Loved Before made it to our list below. Also, a few science fiction books will always be a staple especially the iconic author H. G. Wells. We are also offering you an additional treat! We also have our list of the best books with movie adaptations. Don't quote us! Browse over the list for yourself and don't forget to cast a vote on your favorite ones. Enjoy reading, folks!

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      #1The Turn of the Screw

      The Turn of the Screw
      The Turn of the Screw is a horror novel written by Henry James, published in 1898. The story is told from the perspective of a young governess, who was sent off to a country house to take charge of two orphaned children.
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      #2The Story of Doctor Dolittle

      The Story of Doctor Dolittle

      The Story of Doctor Dolittle is a classic fantasy book for children that features animals. Written by Hugh Lofting and Michael Hague, this book was published on May 31, 2005. It follows the story of a man who learns how to talk to animals.

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      #3P.S. I Still Love You

      P.S. I Still Love You
      P.S. I Still Love You is a young adult romance book written by Jenny Han, published on May 26, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. It  follows the story of Lara Jean as she unexpectedly falls for Peter.


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      #4The Call of the Wild

      The Call of the Wild

      The Call of the Wild is Jack London’s famous short novel published in 1903. London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness and the pull of instinct through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. 

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      #5Emma

      Emma

      Emma is a novel written by Jane Austen that revolves around youth, romance, social status, and gender. It follows the story of Emma Woodhouse as she identifies herself as a matchmaker. The book was published on May 8, 2001.

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      #6The Invisible Man

      The Invisible Man

      Written by H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man is a science fiction book that tackles the life of a scientist named Griffin as he devotes his time and effort to delve into the research of becoming invisible. It was published in March 2005. 

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      #7The Tale of Peter Rabbit

      The Tale of Peter Rabbit

      The Tale of Peter Rabbit is the original classic by Beatrix Potter, first published by Frederick Warne in 1902. The most popular and well-loved tale of the author, it's the story of a very mischievous rabbit and the trouble he encounters.

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    Summary

    Best What are the best books to read before they were made into movies
    RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
    1The Turn of the Screw Books 19 Paid
    2The Story of Doctor DolittleBooks 16 Paid
    3P.S. I Still Love YouBooks 6 Paid
    4The Call of the WildBooks 4 Paid
    5EmmaBooks 3 Paid
    6The Invisible Man Books 2 Paid
    7The Tale of Peter RabbitBooks 1 Paid
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