Here’s a pick of novels that has some of the literary masterpieces which have been adapted into movies and they were huge blockbusters at the box-office.
Canadian writer Yann Martell’s Booker Prize-winning novel took the world by storm when it was released in 2001. Life of Pi is the story of a 16-year old Indian boy adrift at sea for 227 days with only a dangerous Bengal tiger for a companion. Pi Patel’s journey, and survival using his wits and sheer determination is one that grabs you and never let’s go. It’s a story that seems both too real and surreal at the same time. Yann Martel is a master story teller and he weaves a tale that is entertaining and thought-provoking and at the end, he challenges you to believe it all.
If Stieg Larsson had lived on longer, he could have been become the today’s Sidney Sheldon. But unfortunately, he passed away with a massive heart attack days after he submitted the manuscript for The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, the first part of the Millennium trilogy. Based in Sweden, the brilliantly crafted suspense novel is about a 30-year-old mysterious case in the Vanger family, one of the most powerful business houses of the country. The investigation is secretly headed by Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist who is trying to save his face after being charged with libel. He is aided by Lisbeth Salander, brilliant hacker and con-artist. The novel is like a maze which takes you deep into the dark and shocking secrets of the Vanger family before the finale leaves you grasping for breath. But one of the greatest achievements of Larsson is the creation of Lisbeth Salander, one of the most brilliantly conceived female protagonists in modern literature.
Amir and Hassan grow up together in Afghanistan like brothers, although they couldn’t be more different. Amir is the son of a wealthy businessman, a Sunni Muslim, a Pashtun, and he’s educated and reads voraciously. Hassan’s father is a servant to Amir’s father, and Hassan is a Shi’a Muslim, a Hazara and an illiterate. But neither boy has a mother and they spend their boyhoods roaming the streets of Kabul together. However, one day an incident occurs which tears their friendship apart. With the Soviets invading Afghanistan, Amir, and his father flee to America. Many years later, Amir returns to the land of his childhood, which has been taken over by the Taliban, in search for his childhood friend. Khalid Hosseini’s debut novel is straight from the heart and ends up portraying some honest human emotions with a minimum amount of fuss.