Many of those who love reading novels especially the mystery, thriller or suspense genre are also followers of such when made into movies. Casual fans would likely watch these types of movies with interest but the more passionate novel readers would be more critical and analytical. There are a number of thriller novels that were made into movies, many of which were critically acclaimed, multi-awarded and box office hits.
The Da Vinci Code is a book written by Dan Brown and was published in 2003. The story revolves around two main characters – the symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptologist Sophie Neveu. When the curator of a museum in Paris was murdered, these two investigated the incident and came out with unexpected results. The investigations by Langdon and Neveu led to astounding revelations with regard to the Christian faith. As such, both of them became involved in a battle between the Priory of Scion and Opus Dei. Although the book was denounced by many Christian denominations, the novel was still a best seller and was in fact translated in several languages. In 2006, a film adaptation of the novel was released by Columbia Pictures. It starred Tom Hanks as Langdon and Audrey Tautou as Neveu. The film was directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. It grossed more than $70 million in the US alone and $200 million worldwide.
Another interesting novel that came out on the big screen is entitled “The Silence of the Lambs”. This novel was published in 1988 and written by Thomas Harris. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and starred Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins and Scott Glenn. The film’s theme centered on an investigation made by an FBI agent named Clarice Starling (played by Foster) regarding “Buffalo Bill”, a serial killer who was notorious in skinning his corpses. To do this, Clarice was tasked to visit Hannibal Lecter (played by Hopkins) in a high-security facility and interview him. Lecter was a former psychiatrist and serial killer who can be a key in the pursuit of Buffalo Bill. The movie was an award winning film having won in various award giving bodies, most notably the Oscars. This film was also considered as a “sleeper” hit as it became successful not only in the
office but also gained positive reviews among film critics.
Third on the list is a story about a shy girl with telekinetic powers. “Carrie”, shown in 2013, was a film adaptation of a novel with the same title by Stephen King. This is actually the third movie adaptation of the said novel. Directed by Kimberly Peirce, it stars Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie White and her overly protective mother, Margaret White, played by Julianne Moore. An outcast and a victim of bullying in her school, Carrie uses her power with unimaginable and devastating effects. A lasting image of which is shown during the school’s prom night, where Carrie after being chosen together with her partner as prom queen and king, was drenched with pigs’ blood. The movie, though not as critically acclaimed compared to the first two, still managed to earn at the box office.
The box office success of these novel turned movies is a manifestation of its capability to crossover from novels to films. Thriller novels are always good candidates for movie adaptation perhaps due to various factors. Whether it may be because of the story with an exciting plot twist or the characters of the film, it keeps the moviegoers on the edge of their seats.