From Bookshelves to Cinema: 5 Movies that were Inspired by Books


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Most movies that have made great impacts on society often have their roots in books written by prolific authors. Since print media existed long before audiovisuals, some books deserve a lot of credit for inspiring great movies over the years.

Below are some movies and TV Shows that have been inspired by great literary works.

  1. Black Panther

Black Panther originates from a fictional character that is popular among American Comic Books. It can be specifically linked to Marvel Publishers and writers; Stan Lee and Coplotter Jack who came up with the concept of a Panther. The character represented in the Black Panther equally has its root in their 1966 novel titled Fantastic Four, a comic book.

  • Batman

Batman: Year One is a comic series by Frank Miller and it inspired the Batman movie. The book was first published in 1987 and is about a Vigilante’s first year and the Gotham City Encounter.  Year One has also inspired many other movies that are concerned with heroism and sacrifice.

  • The Gods Are Not to Blame

Ola Rotimi’s The Gods Are Not to Blame is as controversial as many other literary works due to criticism about its origin. While many doubt Ola Rotimi’s source of the story, others argue that it is merely an adaptation of Oedipus Rex, a tragic play by Sophocles which Rotimi reportedly acknowledged. The play written and published by Ola Rotimi has been in rendition in Cinemas/movies in Nigeria.

  • Things Fall Apart

There have been cinematic displays of this novel in the form of a play. However, movies that were inspired by this novel have been produced and aired in 971. The movie starred Johnny Sekka, Orlando Martins, and Elizabeth (From Toro). It was often combined with another novel titled No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe.

  • Big Brother

The novel 1984 presents a character that depicts totalitarianism. It was published as far back as 1949. Although it is a work of fiction, it has inspired the popular TV Reality Show Big Brother, which is annually held in South Africa and Nigeria. The novel 1984 was authored by a famous writer,  George Orwell.


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