There are numerous movie adaptions of novels, and many we know well, due to their multiple adaptations. This is a list of the most frequently adapted stories. I also noted the first publication date, which shows how particular stories hold our imaginations, over and over. These span from the 15th century to the 19th century.
Hamlet Originally published 1599-1601 Adapted over 31 times
Pride and Prejudice Originally published 28th January 1813 Adapted 28 times
Frankenstein Originally published 1st January 1818 Adapted over 37 times
A Christmas Carol Originally published 19th December 1843 Adapted over 44 times
The Three Musketeers Originally published July 1844 Adapted over 10 times
Les Miserables Originally published 1862 Adapted over 50 times
Alice in Wonderland Originally published November 1865 Adapted over 20 times
Sherlock Holmes Originally published October 14th 1892 Adapted over 44 times
Dracula Originally published May 26th 1897 Adapted over 62 times
And Then There Were Non Originally published 6th November 1939 Adapted over 10 times
It is the magic of a gripping, relatable and empathic narrative that makes these stories so captivating. No matter how many times we read them, or even watch them, there is a deep seated attachment to the characters, their plight and how they develop within the story.
We all have our favorites from these titles. They have become traditional, a part of society’s fabric and will continue to do so in one way or another, I am sure. As an author, I can only hope one of my stories will be as well loved and cherished as these author’s work.
Which one is your favorite?
For me it is Alice as I love the delightful world inhabited with surreal beings.