“Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.”
– Mason Cooley
Reading in childhood did take us places. Harry Potter introduced us to the wizarding school of Hogwarts, The Chronicles of Narnia brought us to the magical land of Narnia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory took us inside the chocolate factory of eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Our imaginations grew wilder with every new book we read. When these books were made into feature films, we could actually see ourselves in these magical kingdoms. Many of our childhood favorites are still being made into films. Here are some of the best ones:
Alice in Wonderland
The Lewis Carroll book was made into a fantasy film by Tim Burton. It starred Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. The sequel titled Alice Through the Looking Glass is set to release at the end of next month. You can see its trailer here:
Beauty and the Beast
The animated musical produced by Disney in 1991 was originally based on the French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont. A live action musical of the book is set to release next year with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the lead roles.
The Roald Dahl book was made into an animated television movie in 1989. Steven Spielberg decided to remake the popular movie, which is set to hit theatres this year. The movie stars Academy Award winner Mark Rylance as the big friendly giant. Watch the trailer of the movie here:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Another Roald Dahl book was made into a musical film, starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Later, Tim Burton made a second adaptation of the book with Johnny Depp, which received critical acclaim for its screenplay and Depp’s performance.
The Chronicles of Narnia
The popular series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis was made into a film series, starting from the second novel – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005. Three years later, Prince Caspian was released, followed by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in 2010.
J. K. Rowling’s fantasy series was extremely popular among children and young adults. The fan base was delighted when the books were adapted into a film series of 8 movies. The series starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.
How to Train your Dragon
The series of 12 books by Cressida Cowell about a fictional Viking kingdom and its regular clashes with dragons, was made into a movie franchise consisting of two feature films. A third movie is set to release in 2018.
The Jungle Book
The 1894 collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling was first adapted into a film in 1942, followed by Disney’s animated movie in 1967. A 3D version is set to hit the theatres this week, featuring Neel Sethi, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, and Scarlett Johansson. Watch the trailer if you haven’t already:
A series of eight books, Mary Poppins was written by P. L. Travers and published between 1934 and 1988. In 1964, Disney produced the film as a musical, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. The movie still remains a crowd favorite.
This popular movie franchise was based on a book written and illustrated by William Steig. In 1991, Steven Spielberg acquired the rights for the book and made the first Shrek movie, which released 10 years later. The movie was followed by three sequels and a Puss in Boots spin-off series.