Nowadays it’s rare that a good book will achieve iconic status on it’s own merits.
The book industry is a tough nut to crack as the average person would rather watch a 90-minute film instead of a 400-page book.
That is not to say the relationship between the two is completely non-existent. For example, the character James Bond was created by English writer Ian Fleming before new film sequels were released to the public.
Film adaptations of written books are mutually a success to both sectors, film writers are able to keep the stories from books alive through their on-screen versions.
Not every book can be adapted to the big screens but Betway Casino take a look at the most successful book-to-film adaptations in history.
Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Harry Potter were already best selling books before they were transformed into movies and unsurprisingly all feature in the the top 10 grossing film adaptations of books ever.
An easy trend to spot is the power of series. Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter 3 and 7 book series on their own, while The Hobbit is one novel converted into three films.
The quantity builds the popularity of these franchises, with each release the audience and hype keep increasing
For example, it was extremely unlikely that the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II film was going to flop after seven successful books and seven films had built up the frenzy around the series.
IMDB ratings reinforce this point, which suggests that the most profitable book-to-film adaptations are not necessarily the best critically claimed films.
Seven out of the top ten films are standalone releases. They are obviously hugely successful movies but never managed to earn enough revenue because they didn’t develop the same global appeal.
None of the Harry Potter films feature in the top 10 top-rated film adaptations, but three of them are in the top seven highest grossing.
Although the review rating system on Goodreads may be a little more generous, it is still astonishing that every rating is higher than any of the films.
What’s also evident is how the most popular book series result in the most financially-successful films! Six of the seven standalone releases were rated higher by IMDB than on Goodreads!
While films may be more mainstream than books, an iconic book series is most likely to ensure a movie remake will be a financial hit.