Author Nicholas Sparks has a new movie adaptation of one of his books. “The Lucky One” is his seventh book to become a film out of the 17 novels in his repertoire.
It seems safe to say that if Sparks writes a book, it’ll become a movie someday. Sparks is, however, not the most adapted author. Plenty of other authors have had their works adapted into film.
King is probably one of the first authors to come to mind when discussing movie adaptations of books. His books and short stories have become short films, TV shows, and features. It helps that King has written dozens of novels, at least 40 and not including the works he’s written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. Those have become movies, too. Filmmakers have tons to work with.
Some of his most famous novel adaptations include “Carrie,” “The Shining,” and “Misery.”
William Shakespeare is the most adapted writer in history. Every single one of his plays has become a movie, some of them several times over. They also inspire updated movies, such as “10 Things I Hate About You” (a modern-day reimagining of “Taming of the Shrew”). The BBC loves to film The Bard’s work as stage productions. Many theatrical releases have also become direct adaptations, such as Kenneth Branagh’s “Hamlet.”
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe’s stories have inspired many films, including the upcoming “The Raven.” The most famous direct adaptations of his works were the eight B-movies directed by Roger Corman, all but one of which starred horror icon Vincent Price.
Richard Matheson is a writing machine. The man has written screenplays, short stories, novels, and TV scripts. He wrote episodes of “The Twilight Zone,” including the short story used for the episode “Steel,” which later became the inspiration for the movie “Real Steel.”
Some of Matheson’s most famous novel adaptations include “I Am Legend,” “Stir of Echoes,” and “What Dreams May Come.”
The only works to beat out Agatha Christie in sales are the plays of William Shakespeare and the Bible, according to Variety. She wrote over 60 detective novels, many of which became novels. Many countries have adapted her books, including the U.K., United States, India, France, and Russia. The most famous movies borrowing from her work star the fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
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