Films That Were Adapted From Books #infographic

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I didn’t know that Die Hard was “based” on a book!

What about you? Any surprises?

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  1. What an interesting subject for discussion, and I think maybe for exploring in a lengthier article. There were one or two in the above that I didn’t know. However, what immediately struck me as “peculiar” (to say the least) are the dates quoted for the two Shakespeare plays, especially The Taming of the Shrew. The date for Twelfth Night (1623) is correct if we’re talking about the play in printed book form, though it was certainly written much earlier, for obvious reasons. 1623 was the date for the so-called First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays. The same argument should apply to The Taming of the Shrew. I make no claim to be a Shakespeare scholar but I’d love to learn where Mr/Mrs Jonker got 1734 from.
    BTW, The Taming of the Shrew also inspired the musical Kiss Me Kate, filmed in 1953.

    1. I didn’t even notice! What an excellent point! For obvious reasons, dates are indeed impossible. Especially 1734!! (Of course I do understand if there were errors in typing out the date but still graph makers should check those little details.) I found home page for Jonkers and wrote a short comment concerning this. Hopefully we’ll get a corrected graph at some point.

  2. I have to disagree about Bridget Jones Diary, on behalf of the author of the real book behind it: Helen Fielding (see, you did not know that there was a direct book source!)

  3. The Clint Eastwood movie The Outlaw Josey Wales was based on an obscure novel called Gone To Texas by Forrest Carter. I was going to read it, but one of my more literate friends told me to not bother because the movie was a lot better.
    A lot of people say the book is always better, but I suppose that isn’t always the case.

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