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Should books be adapted into movies? Show more Show less

We’ve seen many of our favourite stories rise to the silver screen. From childhood favourites like Harry Potter to remakes of classics like Little Women, many books have been adapted into screenplays and made into movies. The big dilemma: read the book, or watch the movie? Should the movie adaptation even exist at all?

Books should be adapted into movies Show more Show less

Some people prefer watching movies over reading, and some enjoy having two ways of experiencing a story.
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Successful books make successful movies

There is a bigger chance of a movie being successful if it is based on a book that is already popular.
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The Argument

A best-selling book series often leads to successful movies due to the publicity the book has already gained for itself. As a result, production companies choose to adapt popular books into movies, and occasionally even fight for filming rights before the book is even published - as was the case for Margot Lee Shetterly's "Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race." J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series remains the highest grossing of all time, with 500 million copies sold in 80 different languages by 2018. These sales were undoubtedly affected by the extremely successful Harry Potter films as well.

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[P1] A movie being based on a popular book increases its chances of being popular.

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