Great classics like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Homer's Iliad have been made into movies. Of course, it's nothing new. Over the years, many fantastic movies have been based on literary classics: Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Edith Wharton's House of Mirth, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, and Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleeping Hollow." Discover the books!
1. The IliadThe scope of Homer's "Iliad" is emmense, incorporating myths and themes, which were largely familiar to people of the time, though the timeline of the work was not contemporary to Homer's time. The newest adaptation of Homer's epic was brought to the big screen as "Troy," and it has made readers take another look at the age-old story of the Trojans and their struggle of the Trojan War. Read Homer's "The Iliad," and then watch the movie.
2. Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë's classic novel is a favorite, though the movie renditions haven't always achieved a high level of acclaim. Read the story of the young orphaned girl, who becomes a governess and falls in love with Mr. Rochester, only to learn the true history of his sordid past. There's the version of "Jane Eyre," directed by Franco Zeffirelli (1996), one directed by Delbert Mann (1970), "Jane Eyre," directed by Robert Stevenson (1944), and many more.
6. Little WomenLouisa May Alcott's "Little Women" is a tale of love and sacrifice in a time of war. The four March sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--all live, laugh, and love. There are a number of "Little Women" movies: the one starring Winona Ryder and directed by Gillian Armstrong (1994), "Little Women," directed by George Cukor (1933), the movie directed by Mervyn LeRoy (1949), and more.
Victor Hugo's "Les Misérables" is a statement against human suffering and ignorance. The novel focuses on Jean Valjean, who is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, spends 19 years in prison, is released, becomes a mayor, and is once again imprisoned for a minor crime. "Les Misérables" has been adapted to many movies, including one Bille August (1998), one directed by Claude Lelouch (1995), a movie directed by Robert Hossein (1982), and more.
Gulliver's Travels" is recognized by many as his crowning achievement. He used satire to attack what he sees as erroneous conceptions of humanity's nature in the modern age. After you read the book, you'll find the movies especially entertaining, as you see societies in all shapes and sizes. The movies include "Gulliver's Travels," with Ted Danson starring as Lemuel Gulliver, (1996), "The 3 Worlds of Gulliver," directed by Jack Sher (1960), and more.