From Page to Screen: The Best Books Made into Movies

With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug finally hitting theaters, check out our picks for the best tomes to get the big-screen treatment (35 Photos)

Nisha Gopalan on Dec 13, 2013 at 4:31PM

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From Page to Screen: The Best Books Made into Movies

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'Cloud Atlas' (2012)

Winner and nominee of multiple book awards, David Mitchell's 2004 bestseller, Cloud Atlas got its time on the big screen in 2012. Andy and Lana Wachowski took the imaginative novel and successfully translated it to film, creating one of the most expensive independent movies of all time. The sci-fi blockbuster was well-received and was even celebrated with a 10-minute standing ovation at the the 37th Toronto Film Festival. The biggest change from the book to the highly buzzed about movie is the way the story unfolds. The book consists of six separate storylines in a linear fashion -- one plot after the other. In the film, the stories blend together harmoniously to emphasize how one action can flow through to another time. Between the out-of-this-world production value and the star-studded cast -- including Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Susan Sarandon -- it's no surprise that the movie received a Golden Globe nomination.

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