5 Popular Characters From Books vs. Their Movie Adaptation Counterparts

Movies and literature are poles apart. While one depicts the silver platter of the story, the other one demands imagination. Yet one thing that falls common in both is the story. When some famous books are adapted into films, it becomes quite difficult to live upto the expectations of the fans and critics. However, making a good film includes not just a perfect adaptation but some aspects of creative vision as well.

In the process, the story and words are reimagined and then the actors are hired to play the roles of the book’s characters. While sometimes they fit as different beasts, other times they turn out to be a better version of the source material. With that being said, these are the 5 popular characters from books vs. their movie adaptation counterparts –

Tyler Duden (Played By Brad Pitt In Fight Club)

Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Brad Pitt in Fight Club

David Fincher’s Fight Club was based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel “Fight Club.” The film included an unnamed narrator who seems to be suffering from insomnia and a strong feeling of somewhat societal disconnect. Later, he meets Tyler Durden who is a soap salesman. Then he echoes everything that Jack wishes for himself (aesthetically). While the film was a contemplation of consumerism, body image, male identity, and existentialism impacting the “middle children of history,” Brad Pitt portraying Tyler was indeed spectacular. In fact, it could have been no one else who’d have played this role any better than him.

Vito Corleone (Played By Marlon Brando In The Godfather)

Marlon Brando in The Godfather
Marlon Brando in The Godfather

The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola is perhaps one of the greatest movies of all time. It featured some spectacular performances and an immersive tale led by Vito Corleone, the Godfather himself. The character of Godfather was played by Marlon Brando. The movei was so mesmerizingly acclaimed that fans forgot about the source material by Mario Puzo. Precisely, the narration of the storyline and the performance by Marlon apparently improved the adaptation and landed somewhere far better and indeed prominent.

Noah (Played By Ryan Gosling In The Notebook)

Ryan Gosling in The Notebook
Ryan Gosling in The Notebook

The Notebook novel by Nicholas Sparks is perhaps one of the best novels of all time. However, it became more famous because of its adaptation. The film not only started the trend of getting Sparks’ works adapted, but Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’ next-level acting amplified the movie’s emotional approach. With that being said, The Notebook did quite some wonders for both their careers and helped them achieve the milestone in the H-Town thereafter. Many actors wanted to portray Noah in The Notebook, but it was Gosling who proved that he is the only one capable of playing the character on screen.

Lestat (Played By Tom Cruise In Interview With The Vampire)

Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire
Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire

Anne Rice’s Interview With The Vampire follows a relationship between vampires Lois and Lestat. However, due to Rice’s connection with the source material and her affinity for the vampire Lestat, she kept an eye on all the casting processes and auditions. While initially, she got a reserved space for Tom Cruise, she tried to get someone else on board as well, just for getting an alternative in hand. Now as far as her interviews are concerned, Rice mentioned that she couldn’t have got anyone better to portray Lestat on screen. In fact, the critics praised Tom Cruise for his dazzling and polished acting in the film.

Gus Waters (Played By Ansel Elgort In The Fault In Our Stars)

Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars
Ansel Elgort in The Fault in Our Stars

The storyline of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars follows the life of a 16-year-old girl who is apparently a cancer patient. The story continues and she meets Gus Waters from a cancer support group. With that said, when Green spent time with the casting director of the film, it was Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley who got shortlisted to play their respective role in the adaptation. However, Green got impressed and quite mesmerized after looking at Elgort’s part. Rest what happened is all history. The film turned out to be so amazing that critics and fans forgot about the source material by John Green.

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