Books Made to Movies

March 6, 2017

And the Oscar goes to ... (crowd erupts in cheers). 

Alright, so maybe not. But if you're looking for stories that have inspired a multitude of Academy Award winners, then look no further. 

Many of these were brought to the big screen thanks to renowned directors. Many to rave reviews and some to…well let's say they're at least entertaining. 

We invite you to download any of these works for free and to give us your opinion. 

"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruits, but they taste completely different" ~ Stephen King

1 Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Marie Le Prince de Beaumont | Flash Fiction


Beauty and the Beast is one of the most classic tales ever written. A beautiful daughter dreams of meeting a handsome prince, but in order to save her father's life, she leaves home to live with a terrible, frightening beast. 

2 The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper | Fiction Classics


During the French and Indian War, half-sisters, Cora and Alice, are rescued by a Hawkeye who leads them to the safety of the last of his tribe, the Mohican Uncas.

3 The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett | Children's Classics


After the death of her parents, Mary is sent live in her uncle's great lonely house on the Moors where she discovers the key to a Secret Garden.

4 Dracula


Bram Stoker | Horror Classics


Count Dracula is a vampire who terrifies the countryside in his quest for human blood, but the residents soon learn his real identity and vow to destroy him.

5 The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling | Children's Classics


After getting lost in the jungle, Mowgli is adopted into a family of wolves where he learns Jungle Law, the importance of loyalty, and survival skills.

6 Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen | Romance Classics


The beautiful, young Elizabeth falls in love with Mr. Darcy, but he must control his pride while she tries to overcome her prejudice.

7 Frankenstein


Mary Shelley | Sci-Fi Classics


A scientist creates a monster with pieces of corpses, but the monster develops a mind of his own begins to despise his creator.

8 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Mystery Classics


Twelve fascinating stories recount the investigations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they try to solve crimes in Victorian London.

9 Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott | Children's Classics


The March sisters, Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.

10 Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare | Drama Classics


Romeo and Julie is a play by William Shakespeare concerning the fate of two young star-crossed lovers. Perhaps the most famous of his plays, it is one of his earliest theatrical triumphs and is considered the archetypal love story of the Renaissance.

11 Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy | Romance Classics


Anna is unhappy with her marriage to a powerful politician, and when she falls in love with a dashing young officer, she must endure the criticism of others.

12 Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo | Fiction Classics


Ex-convict Jean-Valjean struggles to find redemption after his release for a 19 year prison sentence for stealing food for his starving family.

13 The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas | Fiction Classics


Edmond Dantes is imprisoned on a false political charge. He makes a daring escape, finds the treasure of Monte Cristo, and seeks revenge upon his enemies.

14 Gullivers Travels 1 -  A Voyage to Lilliput

Gullivers Travels 1 - A Voyage to Lilliput

Jonathan Swift | Grown Up


The first book of Gulliver Travels. 

15 Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

Anonymous | Children's Classics


The son of a tailor finds a magical lamp, and he uses it to gain the love of a beautiful princess.

16 Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper

Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper

Anonymous | Children's Classics


A poor maid, attends a fancy ball and dances with the handsome prince all night long, but in her haste to return before midnight, she leaves behind a glass slipper.

17 The Adventures of Peter Pan

The Adventures of Peter Pan

James M. Barrie | Children's Classics


Peter Pan, a little boy who can fly, experiences many adventures in Wonderland with Wendy, her brothers, Tinkerbelle, and Captain Hook.

18 The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence

Edith Wharton | Romance Classics


Three wealthy New Yorkers become immersed in a tragic love triangle.

19 A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens | Fiction Classics


Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas past in this classic Christmas tale.

20 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Washington Irving | Sci-Fi Classics


A headless horseman terrorizes the town of Sleepy Hollow. 

21 Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Lucy Maud Montgomery | Children's Classics


Although they wanted a sensible boy, the Cuthberts adopt a young, outgoing, headstrong girl with a lively spirit and love of life.

22 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Francis Scott Fitzgerald | Short Stories Classics


This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. 

23 Rob Roy

Rob Roy

Sir Walter Scott | Fiction Classics


The son of an English merchant travels to Scotland to collect his father's debt. 

24 Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville | Fiction Classics


Captain Ahab's is fueled by his desire to kill the great white whale that tore off his leg leads, but his attempts lead to disaster.

25 Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Jules Verne | Sci-Fi Classics


After ships are threatened by a mysterious object under the sea, Captain Nemo uses his submarine, the Nautilus, to search for answers.

26 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz

L. Frank Baum | Children's Classics


After a tornado, Dorothy falls into the Land of Manaboos where she and three newfound friends journey to find the Wizard of Oz with special requests.

27 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll | Children's Classics


In this classic by Lewis Carroll little Alice experiences countless adventures in Wonderland. 

28 The Three Musketeers

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas père | Fiction Classics


Dramatic, stirring, and romantic, the story of D'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and their famous code of "one for all and all for one," remains an unsurpassed tale of adventure and heroism.

29 White Fang

White Fang

Jack London | Fiction Classics


The adventure in the wild Yukon by dog kidnapped and sold to sledders is one not to be missed. White Fang, performed by John Ritter is action-packed, and as relevant today as it was when it was written.