Watching Movies Made from Books with Use of Audio Description

Editor’s note: March is National Reading Month, and Empish Thomas has compiled a great list of movies that are based on books that you will want to check out. Also, if you love movies, her post on audio-described movies is a must read, and it includes links to other helpful articles. One more thing, the VisionAware peer advisors have put together an excellent anthology of books about adjusting to vision loss that may contain books of interest to you or a family member.

Jumping in Feet First Into Watching Movies

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I have been a long-time lover of books and reading, but recently, I have jumped in feet first into movies. The explosion of audio-described movies allows me to enjoy a great movie now more than ever. But one thing I have noticed is that many movies are based on novels. This discovery has been a win-win for me because I love them both. I can easily pick up the book, read it first, and then watch the movie. Yes, I know spoiler alert! Or, I can watch the movie and then go back and read the book. I know doing it, either way, I can compare and see the differences. Of course, as they say, the book is always better than the movie! Or is it? I will let you be the judge. In celebration of National Reading Month, I have made a list of books that have become movies. They are listed in fiction and non-fiction. So whether you watch the movie or not, these are some great books you can add to your reading list.

Fiction Books

  1. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  2. Safe Haven, The Choice, and others by Nicholas Sparks
  3. True to the Game by Teri Woods
  4. Waiting to Exhale, Disappearing Acts, and others by Terry McMillan
  5. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  6. Losing Isaiah by Seth Jacob Margolis
  7. Slum Dog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup
  8. Color Purple by Alice Walker
  9. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  10. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  11. Joyluck Club by Amy Tan
  12. Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  14. A Time to Kill, Pelican Brief, and others by John Grisham
  15. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  16. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  17. Addicted by Zane
  18. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
  19. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  20. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely
  21. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
  22. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  23. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  24. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
  25. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  26. The Secret Life of Bees by Susan Monk-Kidd
  27. Baggage Claim By David E. Talbert
  28. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by Gabriel Brownstein
  29. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  30. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  31. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  32. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  33. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
  34. The Room by Emma Donoghue
  35. The Shack by William P. Young
  36. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Non-Fiction Books

  1. Molly’s Game by Molly Bloom
  2. The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by Gran David
  3. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  4. The Glass Castle, A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  5. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  6. Roots by Alex Haily
  7. Ghosts of Mississippi, The Murder of Medgar Evers, The Trials of Byron de la Beckwith, and The Haunting of the New South by Maryann Volers
  8. A Beautiful Mind: A Biography of John Forbes Nash Jr by Sylvia Nasar
  9. An Ordinary Man: The Autobiography of Hotel Rowana by Paul Rusesabagina
  10. The Free State of Jones by Victoria E. Bynum
  11. American Gangster: A Novelization by Max Allan Collins
  12. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory
  13. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  14. The Zookeeper’s Wife: a War Story by Diane Ackerman

Many more books have been made into movies than what I have shared. Undoubtedly, I am sure there will be much more to come in the future.

Do you have a favorite book that became a movie? Did you read a book and then watch the movie? What was your impression? Did it help you enjoy the book more or less? Share your comments and book suggestions in the section below.

Additional Information

ADA and Audio-Described Movies and TV

Actiview App Allows for Independent Audio Description at the Movies

Enjoying Theater and Film When You Are Blind or Have Low Vision

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