In any given month, it's likely that you could visit your local cinema and watch a film or two that have been adapted from books. Adapting books to films has been all the rage in Hollywood for many years now, and book-to-film franchises dominate the box office.
We look at some of the books in the top 51 kids' books
that have experienced on-screen success.
Did you know that the eight Harry Potter films have grossed a total of $7.7 billion in global box office receipts? This makes it the second highest-grossing film series of all time, all thanks to a magnificent woman called Jo and her incredible imagination. The global love for Harry Potter is unrelenting. The Harry Potter series came in first place in the 2015 top 51 kids' books list for the fifth time in seven years. (On the subject of the Harry Potter films, if you have 18 minutes to spare this is an excellent video
of all the spells from all the films.)
25 titles from our top 51 kids' books this year have been adapted for film and/or television and, Harry Potter aside, you might be surprised to learn which is the most-adapted book on the list.
Yep, Anne of Green Gables
is the most adapted book. When you take into account films, films for television, and television shows, L. M. Montgomery's classic novel has been adapted a whopping 19 times, with a feature film version of Anne of Green Gables - The Musical
and a 90-minute film for television both coming in 2016. It has also sold a cool 50 million copies worldwide since it was published in 1908, and it came seventh in our top 51 this year.
Some authors are so popular that all their books seem guaranteed for film adaptation. John Green is one of three authors who appears on our top 51 list more than once, and all but one of his most well-known books have either been adapted for film, or are scheduled to be released in 2016.
The Fault in Our Stars
was the first of Green's books to be adapted to film, and it was a massive success; however, that book didn't make it into the list this year. Paper Towns
, which appeared on our screens earlier this year, came in at number 39 and Looking for Alaska
, which will be hitting screens in 2016, came in just behind at number 44.
Some books have proved to be so popular over the decades that they have been reimagined to delight new generations. We are of course specifically thinking of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, which came in at number 11. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
was released into cinemas in 1971. The film starring Gene Wilder as the eponymous Wonka wasn't a huge box office success initially. In fact, it was the 53rd highest-grossing film of the year. Over the decades, largely due to repeated television broadcasts and home video sales, the film has gained a cult-like following, and the desire to introduce a new generation to Willy Wonka and Charlie led Tim Burton to release the 2005 hit film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
What is your favourite film or television adaptation of a children's or YA book? Let us know in the comments below.