Films are considered as the visual counterparts of literature. From famous wand waving series given life to nail-biting thriller novels jumping out to give fright, there are infinite novels to adapt from. Here are some reading materials obscured by their well-known big screen adaptation counterparts, page-turners that definitely deserve their time to shine in the spotlight. – Hola Pauline
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Having been cursed to age prematurely by the Witch of the Waste, Sophie embarks on a journey to lift the spell. Finding haven in the wizard Howl’s moving castle, she soon discovers that there’s more than meets the eye for herself or anyone. Indulge in this magical YA novel that inspired Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki’s own version of Howl’s Moving Castle.
Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
Annabel is most certainly like all teenagers–angsty and misunderstood by adults. We’ve all been there but we’ve not done what she has done–switching places with her mom. This lighthearted YA’s book set in the 70s has the right blend of missing brothers, hosting dinners, and doing the customary laundry.
Queen Bees & Wannabees by Rosalind Wiseman
Understanding how a teen’s mind operates is like trying to make ‘fetch’ happen–hard and unlikely. Wiseman’s groundbreaking book aims to do the impossible–dissect the youth’s brain for parents to understand. A light and conversational self-help that has inspired the likes of Regina George to come to life.
Q&A by Vikas Swarup
“You are the sum total of your experiences” and for Ram Mohammad Thomas, it’s enough to win him a gameshow. Through a visual first-person POV, Ram takes us on a wild ride from the day he was found in a donation box to his career as a creative tour guide at the Taj Mahal. This critically acclaimed best-seller gives a glimpse of the gritty life of the unfortunate and how a humble peon answered all the twelve questions of ‘Who Will Win a Billion?’
Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine
Daniel Hillard lost it all at a snap of a finger–his job, his marriage, and the custody of his kids. Poor guy just can’t seem to get a break. Cue in the desperation, a wild plan, a prosthetic artist and bam, Madame Doubtfire is born. This humorous YA novel is set to give you a major nostalgia and miss Robin Williams and his crazy adlibs.