Book Recommendations: Novels That Were Adapted to Films

Happy National Reading Month! Last November 8, the Department of Education has kicked-off the celebration virtually via their official Facebook page. Reading holds a vast amount of definitions, one being that it is one of the most essential and useful skills a person, a storyteller, can have.

Reading is a necessity that allows us to learn and acquire knowledge. Additionally, for some people it can go beyond. It can be a form of leisure, where one voluntarily reads self-selected forms of literature for enjoyment or entertainment. This is similar to watching movies, hence, there is almost always a debate on the two different types of media - books or films, which is better?

Before answering that, let's go over the major differences of reading books and watching films:

Both mediums can carry the same message and story, but ultimately, they are two different forms with their own pros and cons, and there really shouldn't be any reasons as to not being able to consume and enjoy both.

In celebration of this November's reading month, we'll give a little bit more attention to books. As an avid bookworm myself, there is a certain sense of comfort with physically holding a book, and feeling and hearing the crisp turn of a page. Aside from that, there is also the relaxing ambience that reading offers.

Listed below are some of the benefits of reading:

  • Strengthens your brain

  • Improves your vocabulary

  • Reduces stress

  • Improves sleep

With this, here are some fiction books I recommend you read, even if you have already seen its adaptation, or vice versa:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is a classic children's novel by British writer Frances Hodgson Burnett was first published back in 1905, the story made popular in the Philippines back in the 90s when the Japanese cartoon "Princess Sara" was dubbed in Tagalog and aired on local television.

The popular novel was adapted into several films by different countries, but the 1995 Filipino version that starred young Camille Prats may probably be the one we have seen or at most, remember. The film does not differ too much from the novel, which is about an intelligent and kind-hearted preteen girl named Sara. She goes from being wealthy to suddenly orphaned and penniless, but the story mainly presents the actions and consequences from being envious, and generous, from both adult and children characters.

“Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted, and don’t know why, when I am standing here in the cold and hoping you will get well and happy again.” - Sara Crewe

This is a great start for those who are looking into beginning their reading journey.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket