When asked about how many books have been published throughout history, no expert can give a definite answer for this question. True enough to say that to be included in the list of popular books is a priceless honor and of course a transitory blaze of glory to the authors. What more can we expect when by virtue of popularity a book is adapted on the wide screen? Here's a sneak of ten popular books which film makers set eyes on:
1. THE LORD OF THE RINGS (1954)
The Lord of the Rings, a three volume fantasy adventure epic authored by J.R.R. Tolkien has acquired what is in all truth a justified air of victory as it is the second best selling novel ever written with over 150 million copies sold. This highly praised novel is a cliff hanging trilogy, namely, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and the Return of the King. It elicits an indulgent escape from reality and takes the readers to the fictitious world of Middle Earth. Indulgently mindset to destroy the One Ring the weapon of evil, Frodo Baggins, the young hobbit vigilantly surpasses all the terrifying obstacles and dark forces. The One Ring is bound to be returned to Mordor, the only place where it can be destroyed; unfortunately this place is also the Dark Lords lair. The search is a never-ending maze as the One Ring has the mind power to transfer from one owner to another and the Dark Lords wrath continues to destroy the Middle-Earth. Not surprisingly, Frodos quest is a treacherous labyrinth which doesn't throw even a few crumbs of comfort.
《魔戒》，三卷奇幻史诗巨著，作者是享有盛誉的J.R.R. 托尔金（J.R.R. Tolkien），因为他的作品销量已达一亿五千万本，位列世界畅销书籍第二名。这部颇负盛名的小说有三卷，即《魔戒首部曲・护戒同盟》（ The Fellowship of the Ring），《魔戒二部曲・双塔奇兵》（The Two Towers）和《魔戒三部曲・王者归来》（Return of the King）。这部书的内容引人入胜，带领读者进入虚构的中土世界。为了毁灭邪恶的法器至尊魔戒（One Ring），年轻的霍比特人佛罗多·巴金斯（Frodo Baggins）冲破了层层阻碍和黑暗的力量。至尊魔戒必须被送到唯一可以毁灭它的地方——魔多（Mordor），但不幸的是，魔多是黑暗君王的领地。搜寻之路漫漫，似是永无尽头，因为至尊魔戒有自己的意志，从一个人的手中流转至下一个主人的手上。而黑暗君王的暴怒也让中土世界不再安宁。毫无意外，主角佛罗多选择的是一条毫无一丝安逸可言的艰苦之途。
2. A WALK TO REMEMBER (1950)
Nicholas Sparks had to write to divert his depression and pity for his sister, who is dying from cancer, hence the absolutely romantic novel, A Walk to Remember was born. Driven by emotion, A Walk to Remember conveys giving in to destiny and holding on to the test of faith, hope and love. Landon Carter, an aimless, moody, and stunning hunk in Beaufont High departs from his glamorous world for the girl he is least likely to fall for, the last person he would choose to date and the girl who is totally his opposite. Call it fate or destiny, Landon was left with no option but to seek Jamies helpful hands, the chance that triggered the breath-taking realization that this guy who makes use of his looks to cope in school is irresistibly in love with the girl he once called old fashioned. Loving Jamie took him worlds away from the world he used to know, yet he lets the love take him worlds away. Not until, Jamie had to give in to destiny, they both need to face the twist of fate, tear drenched but they need to be strong and cling to their only hope.
尼古拉斯·斯帕克斯（Nicholas Sparks ）创作这部作品时，妹妹身患癌症并将不久于人世，他创作是为了让自己从那种沮丧和怜惜的情绪中抽离出来，结果，这部彻底的浪漫小说——《初恋的回忆》就诞生了。基于这样的情感，这本书表达了对命运的无可奈何和对信仰的坚守，以及爱与希望的主题。书中的兰顿·卡特（Landon Carter），是波弗特高中一个吊儿郎当胸无大志的帅气少年，为了一个他最无可能为之倾心的女孩脱离了以前的生活，这个女孩曾被他认为是他的对立面，是怎么也不会考虑的约会对象。然而，就如同冥冥中的定数，兰顿别无选择，只好寻求杰米（Jamies）的帮助，这次的际遇导致让人瞠目的事情成真，那个靠脸就可以横行学校的男孩爱上了曾被他鄙视为土气的女孩。充满爱的杰米让兰顿看到了另一个他不知道的世界，这样的爱感化了他。而杰米也不得不听从命运的安排，和兰顿一起面对命运的变故，尽管泪如雨下也要变得坚强，坚守住唯一的希望。
3. BEASTLY (2006)
Who doesn't know the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast? For the sake of modernity, Alex Finn wrote a new version of this tale focusing on the beasts perspective which she entitled Beastly. Transformation this word would push readers to take grips to discover in this timely piece. Kyle Kingsbury- tall, blonde, rich and handsome son of Manhattan News anchor; Lindy Owen- a plain girl with red hair, green eyes and crooked teeth and the daughter of a drug lord; Kendra Hilferty the witch who was disgraced and punished to work as a servant in New York City; the blind tutor and his dog. Behold! Their lives are intertwined with all bewitching, amazing and mysterious unforgettable occurrences to create the reminiscent of the beast. Beastly, though this creature appears, has a heart that grieves and repents and a love that is pure. Unfortunately this heart and love are boxed in the beasts new found world.
美女与野兽的童话故事家喻户晓，亚历克斯·芬恩（Alex Finn）以野兽的视角创作了新的现代版本，她将其命名为《野兽男孩》。改造变形这个词让读者迅速抓住这个故事的内容。文中的人物众多，凯尔·金斯巴瑞（Kyle Kingsbury）是一个曼哈顿新闻主播的儿子，一头金发，个子很高，富有且英俊；林迪·欧文（Lindy Owen）是一个红发绿眸的平凡女孩，她的牙齿不大整齐，是一个毒枭的女儿；肯德拉·海芙蒂（Kendra Hilferty ）是纽约一个被罚做仆人的女巫；还有眼盲的家庭教师和他的狗。看，他们的生活是如此的复杂，充斥着魔法，灵异和不可思议的难忘事件，让人联想起美女与野兽中的野兽。野兽男孩，拥有动物的外形，却有着一颗人类之心，充满了悲伤、悔恨和纯粹的爱，却不幸被拘在了野兽的躯壳中。
4. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1952)
In the midst of brutality from the death camps in the NAZI occupied Poland, Mr. Oskar Schindler outrageously risked his life and rescued more than 1,100 Jews. This heroic deed of Mr. Schindler inspired Thomas Keneally to recollect the true story from the real survivors of the Holocaust and from Mr. Oskar chandler himself and to condense every single detail in the documentary novel entitled Shcindler's List or more commonly known as Schindler's Ark among the British. A significant part of history unfolds in each chapter. Each page reveals the lamentations and sufferings of the Jews who were tortured by the horrible iron hands of the unmerciful German troops. In between the torments, rises the flamboyant, German profiteer and womanizer Schindler in favor of the Jews. No guns, no armory, no troops, he won and saved thousands of lives. This documentary novel unravels Mr. Schindler's sublime effort and innate confidence: an overdose of rare and precious principles that uncaps his bottled virtue.
二战期间，德国纳粹在波兰建立了死亡集中营，在这一片哀鸿中，奥斯卡·辛德勒（Oskar Schindler ）冒着生命危险拯救了1100多个犹太人。辛德勒先生的英雄事迹促使托马斯·肯尼利（Thomas Keneally ）创作出此书。根据大屠杀幸存者讲述的真实事迹和辛德勒本人的叙述，将每个细节压缩到这本纪实小说中。小说的名字是《辛德勒的名单》，在英国，也被称为《辛德勒的方舟》（Schindler's Ark）。书中的每一章节都揭开了那段历史。书里的每一页都昭示了耶米利哀歌和在残酷的德国军队高压铁腕下挣扎的犹太人民。而风流高贵的德国投机商人辛德勒则帮助了犹太人，没有枪支军队，他却挽救了上千条生命。这部纪实小说向世人展示了辛德勒先生的伟大壮举，值得每个人向他的品格致敬。
5. THE SECRET GARDEN (1911)
A novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett "The Secret Garden" depicts the childlike adventures of Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled, unaffectionate and unwanted British young girl who was abandoned in their house in India. Being left alone she has to live with her uncle in England, the very place where Mary explores the unknown. This girl experiences an irresistible invitation to discover two big secrets in the house where she lives. What lies behind the locked gate? Who weeps behind the locked door? The revelation of these secrets opens up a whole, new and colorful world yet elicits brand new secrets to keep.
弗朗西丝·霍奇森·伯内（Frances Hodgson Burnett）的小说《秘密花园》描述了一个名叫玛丽·伦诺克斯（ Mary Lennox）的小女孩的天真冒险。玛丽是一个被宠坏又缺乏爱心的英国富家小姑娘，她被遗弃在印度的一所房子里，只好去和英格兰的叔叔同住，却发现了一个未知的奇妙之地。这个女孩收到了一个极为诱人的邀请，去发现她居住的房子里的两个惊天大秘密。在那扇门之后隐藏着什么？是谁在那扇门背后哭泣？这些秘密被解开之后，一个完整崭新的多彩世界在等着她，而一个新的秘密也即将开启。