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Hollywood is forever turning great books into sometimes-good movies and TV shows. For your consideration, here’s a brain dump of some books you really should go right out and read, even though you saw the movie, which may or may not have been decent in its own right, but trust me, you’re missing something. Presented alpha by author:

  • The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (film version: Apocalypse Now)
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (one recent film version: Match Point)
  • The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (seriously, the stories are WAY better than ANY film version, including BBC’s Sherlock, which is the best screen adaptation).
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (I DO love this movie, especially this part).
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • John Does at the End by David Wong

That’s a few anyway.  What have I missed?