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7 Books to Read with Film Adaptations

7 Books to Read with Film Adaptations

A woman bundled in blankets and holding a cup while reading a book.

Nothing beats cozying up with a book during holiday breaks.

Staying in for the evening calls for hot cocoa, blankets, and immersive books to read under lamplight. So, what's on your list? If you're overwhelmed by your choices, start with these. Each title has at least one film adaptation, so you can switch to streaming (or watching in cinemas for upcoming releases!) if reading proves not-so-fun. They also have audiobook counterparts for when you need to give your eyes a break. Scroll for your next great adventure!

1. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to Suzanne Collins' critically acclaimed Hunger Games trilogy.


Set 64 years before the first novel, the story focuses on a young Corialanus Snow, his family, and his budding relationship with performer Lucy Gray Baird. Fans of Collins' original novels will remember Snow as Panem's ruthless ruler and Katniss Everdeen's greatest foe. But in the prequel, readers see Snow's softer side, showing his journey from hero to villain.


The novel's film adaptation stars Tom Blyth as Corialanus and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray. It premiered in theaters on November 17, 2023, and should be available to stream in 2024. In the meantime, you can watch the other movies in the Hunger Games franchise on Prime Video. You can also listen to the audiobook version of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on Audible.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory follows its titular protagonist as he gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Willy Wonka's magical chocolate factory. As Charlie explores, he encounters Wonka's incredible inventions, meets hardworking Oompa-Loompas, and learns hard lessons from misbehaving children.


This Roald Dahl favorite has an enduring charm that captures the imaginations of kids and adults through generations. Several film adaptations have hit the big screen since its publication in the 1960s. Most recently, Timothée Chalamet took on the role of Willy Wonka. He plays a younger version of the character in Wonka (2023), adding a new and unexpected twist to the classic story.


Wonka premiered in the Philippines on December 6, 2023. While waiting for it to come to streaming platforms, you can listen to the audiobook version of the original book on Audible.

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3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is a coming-of-age novel set in 19th-century New England. It tells the story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. The four sisters grapple with their dreams, familial tragedies, and first loves, among other struggles of girlhood. Each March sister has a distinct yet evolving personality, making it easy for readers to imagine themselves in their shoes.


So far, there have been five film adaptations of Little Women. Millennials who grew up in the early 2000s had the 1994 version starring Winona Ryder as Jo March. In 2019, Barbie director Greta Gerwig gave it a whirl. Her adaptation stars Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Emma Watson as the March sisters. You can also listen to the Audible Original Drama version narrated by Laura Dern, who played Marmee March in Gerwig's Little Women.

4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the first of three Jenny Han books chronicling the love life of high schooler Lara Jean Song-Covey. Lara Jean writes letters to her crushes but never sends them out. The story takes off when one of her love letters inexplicably ends up with a "boy she's loved before," Peter Kavinsky. Sparks fly, hilarity ensues, and hearts break, but everyone gets the happily ever after they deserve.


Netflix adapted To All the Boys I've Loved Before and its sequels, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, into a heartwarming film trilogy. The movies star Lana Condor as Lara Jean and Noah Centineo as Peter. You can binge-watch them on the streaming platform during your holiday break, listen to the audiobooks on Audible, or buy the eBooks on Google Books.

5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl is a 2012 crime-thriller with a dark and twisted love story at its heart. The novel alternates between two perspectives: Nick Dunne, the prime suspect in his wife's mysterious disappearance, and Amy Dunne, the missing wife. The more you read, the more you realize things aren't as they seem. Nick and Amy are far from a cookie-cutter couple in an idyllic suburbia.


Since its publication, Gone Girl continues to be a perennial bestseller that tops many suspense fans' book recommendations. In 2014, Flynn worked with acclaimed director David Fincher to bring the novel to life in a film adaptation. It stars Ben Affleck as Nick and Rosamund Pike as Amy, with Neil Patrick Harris, Emily Ratajkowski, and Tyler Perry in supporting roles. You can stream the movie on Netflix and listen to the audiobook on Audible.

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6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is an 1818 gothic science-fiction novel by Mary Shelley. It's a cautionary tale that explores all-consuming ambition, the blurred lines between humanity and monsterhood, and the consequences of playing God. Frankenstein is an incredibly influential figure in pop culture, inspiring countless movies, TV shows, and other works across centuries.


The upcoming Lisa Frankenstein, starring Kathryn Newton as the titular character, looks promising as a modern horror-comedy retelling of Shelley's timeless story. Filipina actress Liza Soberano also co-stars alongside Cole Sprouse. The film comes out in 2024. In the meantime, you can listen to the audiobook version of the original novel on Audible.

7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

In Wicked, author Gregory Maguire reimagines the backstory of the so-called "Wicked Witch of the West," an antagonist in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Here, that green-skinned "witch" has a name: Elphaba. The novel follows her life from birth, her unlikely friendship with Glinda "the Good Witch," and the complicated politics of Oz.


Lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz loosely adapted Wicked into a musical a few years after the novel's publication. The original 2003 Broadway production starred Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda. In 2024, the highly anticipated film adaptation of the novel and musical will finally premiere in theaters. It stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and pop star Ariana Grande as Glinda. While you wait, listen to the audiobook on Audible to give your reading list a touch of sparkle.

Breeze through your list of books to read by downloading them in audio form so you can multitask as you go. Do you prefer visual experiences? Stream their film adaptations! In any case, you can enjoy uninterrupted listening and viewing with Globe's all-new ONEPlan. Whether you're home or on the move, it'll give you reliable, high-speed data for all your entertainment needs.

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