People love romance novels. They are sometimes fun. They are sometimes dark. But not everyone likes to read!
Movies offer a convenient and less time-consuming story. Even though they don’t include a detailed account of the book’s plot, they cover the basics and produce the same gooey feelings. Many movie adaptations are written by the original author, so the story is accurate to the source material.
It’s always a plus seeing your favorite character come to life. Films offer a visual representation of a beloved story and make it all the more exciting. Here is a list of the best adaptations!
1. Fifty Shades Trilogy by EL James
E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey was a turning point for erotic romance. It propelled the genre to worldwide recognition. The trilogy was published in the early 2010s, but despite its incredible success, the books have garnered harsh criticism for their description of the BDSM lifestyle community. Fun fact, the series began as Twilight fanfiction!
The rights for the adaptations were sold at $5 million, earning over $1.32 billion worldwide at the box office. Jamie Dornan played Christian Grey, and Dakota Johnson portrayed Anastasia Steele. While the ratings aren’t very spectacular, they have a dedicated fanbase to this day.
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You saw much success when it was published in 2012. The story follows a crippled man and a girl hired to help him. The movie adaptation by the same name was released in 2016.
Me Before You starred Sam Claflin and Emilia Clark. The film was a huge success and grossed over $208 million worldwide. While some critics took issue with the disability representation, it has amassed lots of loyal fans.
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Nicola Yoon’s debut novel was a hit in 2015. The story follows Madeline Whittier, who suffers from a disorder that requires her to remain indoors. Her contact with the outside world is severely limited and has been her entire life. When she meets Olly, she realizes what she’s been missing.
The book-to-movie adaptation was released in 2017 and starred Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. The film was a commercial success, garnering over $60 million.
4. Silver Linings Playbook by Mattew Quick
Another debut book that made it to the silver screen is Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. The novel, published in 2008, tells the story of Pat, who has just returned from a mental institution. He wants to reunite with his wife but meets Tiffany instead.
The 2012 film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and Lawrence won Best Actress. The movie made 11 times its budget of $21 million, with a box office estimate of $236 million.
5. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Jenny Hans’ YA romance was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster and was inspired by her practice of writing love letters to former crushes. In the book, all five of Lara Jean’s letters are mysteriously mailed. In an attempt to avoid her current crush, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, she and letter-recipient Peter pretend to be in a romantic relationship. There are two sequels.
Netflix released a film adaptation of Han’s book in 2018. It stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo and propelled them to the romcom limelight. The streaming service went on to adapt the second and third novels.
We hope our list gave you some new movies to watch on your next cozy day!