10 Movies Based On Famous Authors Every Writer Should Watch

Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, And many other famous authors have inspired writers everywhere for decades, even centuries. But sometimes, more than author writing, more inspiration to complete a word count or finish a work-in-progress can come from watching your favorite author write.


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At the height of musical biographies like Elvis, Bohemian RhapsodyAnd the I wanna Dance With Somebody, The author’s biography has been a hot topic in movies for years, from many adaptations little Women To detail the inspiration behind famous novels such as Christmas carol And the The Wizard of Oz.

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Finding Neverland (2004)

Find Neverland

before it is a file Disney The classic, the story of a boy who didn’t want to grow up was called The boy who will never grow up peter and wendy, Or simply Peter Pan When it was published as a novel in 1911 by JM Barry. After decades of Disney bringing characters to life, Johnny Depp She helped bring Barry’s story to life Search for Neverland.

Deep comes with notable actors like Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore And the Dustin Hoffman To showcase the real people and events that have inspired Barry’s most famous works. The film tells the way the author’s story began as a play before eventually becoming a successful novel.

“The Man Who Invented Christmas” (2017)

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Charles Dickens is remembered for such classics Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and most famously at Christmastime, Christmas carol. Published in 1843 after a lull in his career, Christmas carol He put Dickens back on the map, and his journey to write the novel got a unique spin The Man Who Invented Christmas.

While it is a lesser-known holiday movie,The Man Who Invented ChristmasIt tells a fairly true story of how Dickens’s transformation from a struggling writer to a worldwide success, following the author as he writes the book, is visited by his most beloved characters, similar to how Scrooge is visited by the three ghosts in the story.

“Little Women” (2019)

The March Sisters in Little Women

Published by Louisa May Alcott little Women in 1868 at her publisher’s request for a story centering on girls. The original work was published in two separate parts by the New England-based author, who closely follows a young writer named Jo Marsh, based on Alcott and her writing journey.

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little Women It has been made into seven separate film adaptations, with the latest starring 2019 Emma Watson, Florence Bowe, Eliza Scanlen And the Saoirse Ronan Jo also told the story of the four March sisters and Jo’s experience writing her novel.

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Save Mr. Banks

Long before it was a beloved classic, and even longer before it was rebooted Emily Blunt And the Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins It was a novel by the author PL Traverse. Travers’ short story of 1926 Mary Poppins and the Man of the Match The world was first introduced to the famous nanny before the full novel was published in 1934.

While the 2013 Disney movie Save Mr. Banks Primarily centered around Tom Hanks Such as Walt Disney On a journey to secure the rights to Travers’ beloved story, too, follows Emma Thompson As the headstrong writer, who was originally reluctant to sell Disney the rights to her work.

“The Dreamer of Oz” (1990)

written by Frank Baum illustrated by WW Denslow, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz It was published in 1900 and tells the story of a young girl who is swept away by a hurricane and ends up in the magical land of Oz, where they encounter eclectic creatures such as The Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the Wicked Witch. the West.

Made-for-TV movie The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story It was first shown in the year 1990 and it sparkled John Ritter Like Baum, which depicts the author’s personal and professional ups and downs as he gathers inspiration for a children’s novel.

“Miss Potter” (2006)

in 1901, Beatrix Potter She published her first and most distinguished children’s book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit which tells the story of a mischievous young rabbit who sneaks into a botanical garden and is chased by his human owner.

2006 movie Miss Potter Potter’s own story of petty mischief and rebellion when her parents want her to marry and settle down, when all she wants to do is write and illustrate her favorite animal characters, leads to ups and downs in publishing opportunities.

Shirley (2020)

If the name Shirley Jackson Don’t ring any bells, it works like Haunting Hill House And the the lottery sure will. This female King Stephen She is best known for her horror novels and has a 2020 biopic starring Shirley Elisabeth Moss.

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The movie itself was based on the 2014 novel by Susan Scarfe Merrill, that set a fictional course in Jackson’s life during the time period when she was writing her second book Hangsaman, a gothic novel based on the real-life disappearance of a college student in 1946.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

Before it was known as the Hundred Acre Wood with memorable animated characters like Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Owl, the story began as a children’s book in 1926 Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne, A short story collection that follows beloved characters on adventures through the Hundred Acre Wood.

Goodbye Christopher Robin It came out in 2017 and follows Milne as he creates stories about his son Christopher Robin’s collection of stuffed animals that were later turned into hit novels that changed the course of Milne’s and his family’s lives.

“Colette” (2018)

Colette and Missy are in the woods looking in the same direction at Colette.

Sidonie Gabriel Collett, More commonly known as Colette, she is best known for her 1944 short novel GG , A story about a young girl conditioned to work as a courtesan when a rich man named Gaston falls in love with her and marries her.

2018 movie Colette It stars Keira Knightley as the titular character and follows the author as she moves to Paris and writes her husband’s novel, causing Colette to struggle for her creative ownership and her freedom from the social constraints of the early 20th century after the novel’s success.

Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Shakespeare in love

Arguably the most famous writer of all time, William Shakespeare created literary classics such as Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and many more. And while the 1998 romantic drama Shakespeare in Love may be fictional, it follows the playwright as he gains inspiration from a newfound love interest.

Shakespeare in love Follow Joseph Fiennes Like Shakespeare, whose writer’s block is cured when he becomes inspired Gwyneth Paltrow Viola de Lesseps, who poses as a man in order to play the title role in one of Shakespeare’s plays.

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