Top 5 Modern Romance Novels Adapted Into Movies

Novels have been fueling the movie industry since the very beginning. In fact, so many movies are based on books that sometimes we don’t even realize our favorite movies wouldn’t exist without them. In the romance genre, it can be easy to spot the obvious adaptations. Movies like Gone with the Wind, Pride and Prejudice, or Sense and Sensibility are forever linked to the classic works of literature that preceded them. But it’s a bit more difficult to determine whether some of our more recent favorites can be found on bookshelves as well. Take a look at these five modern romance novels that have been adapted into movies you might recognize.

10 Best Romance Novels That Also Made Great Movies

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Matthew Quick’s novel is about the unexpected romance between Pat, just trying to get his life back on track after separating with his wife and spending time in a mental health facility, and Tiffany, an “odd” woman also on the mend after suffering through the recent death of her husband. The heartwarming story was made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in 2012, for which Lawrence won her first Oscar.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

With the Great Depression as its backdrop and a second-rate American circus as the traveling setting, Sara Gruen unveils the tale of Jacob Jankowski, an aspiring veterinarian who drops out of college, joins the show and is charged with caring for an elephant that must be trained to save the future of the circus. In the process Jacob falls in love with Marlena, the wife of the villainous ringmaster. The bestselling book was adapted into a movie that was released in 2011 starring Robert Pattinson as Jacob and Reese Witherspoon as Marlena.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes adapted her own bestselling novel into one of the most successful romantic movies of the past year. The story follows Louisa (Emilia Clarke), who accepts a caretaking position for the recently paralyzed Will, who is having trouble adjusting to the limitations of his physical condition. At times uplifting and just as often heartbreaking, Moyes is one of the few authors able to successfully translate their novel to the screen.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

It might be one of the most popular romance movies of all time, but not everyone knows that the famous film was an all-time bestseller nearly ten years earlier. The film, which starred Ryan Gosling in his breakout role as Noah and Rachel McAdams as Allie, was one of the first in a line of successful adaptations from romance author, Nicholas Sparks, the more recent titles being Safe Haven (2013) and The Longest Ride (2015).

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger’s debut novel introduced an entirely new twist on the well-versed subject of time travel. The love story follows a man named Henry who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes him to involuntarily travel back and forth through time. His marriage to Clare is routinely complicated by his condition. It was adapted into a movie of the same name in 2009 starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.


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Find a few new romance novels for Valentine’s Day with our selection of popular bestsellers at LTD! And don’t forget to search our collection of Valentine’s Day gift ideas to make someone’s holiday extra special.

Christmas Checklist (Day 6): Giving Books is a Holiday Tradition

Black Friday might be over, but Cyber Monday is just a couple days away. We’re starting the sale early with a special Cyber Monday Sneak Peek, which includes some fun books for the family. Giving books has been an important holiday tradition in one particular country for many decades. Find out which country and check out our article on better ways to give books for Christmas below. Enjoy LTD’s Cyber Monday Sneak Peek!


We’ve Got Low-Priced Books for All Ages

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Enjoy the work of three #1 New York Times bestselling authors with these Famous Author 3-Book Sets. Sit back this holiday season, relax and get lost in stories by Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, or Nora Roberts.

In Charlie the Ranch Dog Picture Books, Ree Drummond introduces kids to her beloved, short-legged pup. He has dangly ears, floppy skin, big paws and loves living in the country. Packed with colorful illustrations.

The best-selling Minecraft 4-Book Box Set features the game’s popular handbooks in a stunning, gold-foiled slipcase. Each handbook has tips and key information from the game’s creator to help you build your world.

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Christmas Fun Fact #6

DID YOU KNOW: One of Iceland’s deepest Christmas traditions is to give books to each other on Christmas Eve. Families spend the night reading their new books. The tradition is responsible for the “Christmas Book Flood,” an affectionate name for the big wave of book sales that occurs between September and November as families prepare for their favorite Christmas Eve tradition. Learn a few new fun ways to give books below.


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Better Ways to Give Books for Christmas
Books can be the star of your Christmas show or a solid supporting character. If you’re taking a chance on a new author or genre, you’re probably wondering how you can turn a humble paperback into one of the most interesting presents under the tree. Learn a few tricks on how to use books to create the perfect holiday gift.

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Story Time: Fun Children’s Books for All Kinds of Readers

Encouraging kids to read is one of the best things we can do for them as parents. Getting them hooked on good books is essentially guaranteed to help develop their young minds. Not only will reading assist them when it comes to getting ahead in the classroom, it will also inspire their creativity and give them a healthy way to relax outside of school. Whether you’re looking for a classic story to read to your kids at bedtime or want to stock up on children’s books for Christmas, LTD has something for everyone on our bookshelves.

The Classics
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Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books
Create lasting memories with your child by reading Children’s Must-Have Classic Picture Books together. Each book is a true classic, and has been entertaining and inspiring generations of children and adults.

Dr. Seuss® Learning Library Books
Each Dr. Seuss Learning Library Book teaches kids about a different subject. The books were inspired by the fun artwork and spirit of the original Dr. Seuss tales, educating young readers with memorable stories.

Bedtime Stories
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Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks
Inspire a lifetime appreciation for books and share special story time with your child reading the Set of 5 Children’s Storybooks. Each story teaches kids about love and the importance of family using fun tales.

365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books
365 Stories and Rhymes Treasury Books is a wonderful addition to your child’s bookshelf. Enjoy a different story each day of the year with a beautifully illustrated compilation featuring classic and brand new rhymes.

Favorite Characters
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Licensed Look & Find® Books
Keep your child engaged for hours with a Licensed Look & Find Book. As they search for items, they will be able to join their favorite characters on an adventure. It also encourages the development of matching skills.

Licensed Book & Figure Sets
With the Licensed Book & Figure Set, your kid can act out stories with some of their favorite characters from movies or television. Each set comes with a hardcover storybook, 12 plastic figurines and a giant play mat.

Books with Extras
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Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush
The Giraffes Can’t Dance Book & Plush shows kids that everyone is a little different, and each person has to find their own music to dance to. The fun-filled book comes with a cute plush of Gerald the Clumsy Giraffe.

Licensed Books & Plush
Bring the story to life with the interactive Licensed Book & Plush. The easy-to-flip, 6-page board book has a bunch of full-color illustrations, plays 3 different sounds from the story and comes with a licensed plush toy.

Young Adult Novels
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Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Set
Follow along as teen-aged sleuths solve mysteries in these Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys 4-Book Box Sets. Each set includes 4 softcover books in a convenient slipcase, every book full of suspense and fun twists.

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, the set gives you all seven best-selling novels in a slipcase for storage.

Activity Books
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The Big Book of Search & Find®
Challenging and fun, The Big Book of Search & Find will sharpen your kid’s observational skills. It features more than two-hundred busy, colorful pages that are brimming with amusing things to discover and solve.

Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids
Keep your child entertained for hours with this Set of 5 Activity Books for Kids. They can search for specific items in the pictures, find the differences between the pictures and enjoy a number of other fun activities.

Reading Advice to Kick Off National Book Month

Despite the popular belief that less and less Americans are reading books, research shows that the number of adults who claim to have read at least one book in the previous calendar year remains pretty steady. The surprising thing is that the younger generations, particularly millennials, make up the highest percentage of readers, and the preference for print books continues to stand up strong against e-books and audio books. Whether you’re an avid bookworm looking to pass on the love of reading to your kid or hoping to dust off the bookshelf and start turning pages, kick off National Book Month with this constructive LTD reading advice.

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6 Types of Books for Non-Readers
Reading for pleasure isn’t something everyone does, but there are benefits of reading just a little bit every day. It increases blood flow to the brain, encourages analytical thinking, and improves our attention spans. Many people don’t read if they don’t have to for a variety of reasons, but there are several ways to get them to crack open a book. Here are six different types of books non-readers will be able to enjoy this month.

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Storytime: Tips for Reading with Your Kids
It’s never too late to start reading to your child. Across every demographic, a surprising number of parents don’t read to their children on a regular basis. The earlier you start the better, but even if you haven’t been reinforcing your kid’s interest in reading, there’s still plenty of time to catch up. Check out these fun tips for reading to your kids in a way that will inspire a lifetime of proper reading habits and an interest in books.

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Tips for Finding Holiday Reading Time
It’s hard to avoid the chaos of the holidays. All the parties and presents make it hard to find time for yourself and get in that much-needed reading time. Sometimes you need to escape into your favorite novel to calm your mind or kick back by the fireplace with an interesting read during the holidays. If you’re having trouble working in time for a book, take a quick look at these four tips for finding reading time during the holidays.

Fall Franchise Favorites You Can Only Find Online

There are some exciting events happening this fall. Harry Potter fans will be whisked away to the wizarding world in an entirely new way with Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, Star Wars diehards will be able to experience a new chapter in the epic franchise with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Cubs fans might just get to see their beloved MLB team shrug off the pressure, beat the odds and make it to the World Series. Celebrate and prepare for all the big events this fall with these franchise favorites you can only find online.

Explore the Magical World of Harry Potter
Read up before the premier of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them on Nov. 18th.harry-potter-7-book-box-setfantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them

Harry Potter 7-Book Box Set
Experience the entire magical world of Harry Potter in this collectible 7-book box set. Perfect for longtime fans of the series or new readers, it includes all seven best-selling novels. Comes in a slipcase for giving.

Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them comes straight from the library at Hogwarts. Almost every wizard owns one. Now you can too! Learn what Puffskeins eat, why not to leave milk out for a Knarl and more!

Expand Your Star Wars Super-Fan Collection
Add to your Star Wars collection or surprise a new fan of the classic franchise.star-wars-the-force-awakens-throwstar-wars-jelly-belly-gifts

Star Wars™ The Force Awakens Throw
Celebrate the latest sequel of the classic film saga with a Star Wars The Force Awakens Throw. This woven throw captures images of the new villain, Kylo Ren, Stormtroopers and more in a cozy tapestry construction.

Star Wars® Jelly Belly® Gifts
The Dispenser holds up to 23 oz. of Jelly Belly treats and includes a 1-oz. bag of Jelly Belly candies to get you started. The Gift Bag is filled with 7.5 oz. of Jelly Belly candies. Includes a gift tag area for gift-giving.

Get Ready for the Playoffs with MLB Gear
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Cubs™ Earrings and Pendant Set
Support the Cubbies during the playoffs with the stylish Cubs Earring and Pendant Set. Each piece features a full-color disk with the Cubs’ logo. Wear both the necklace and earrings, or mix and match on game day.

Cubs™ License Plate Frames
Support the Cubs on their playoff journey with Cubs License Plate Frame. It features a metallic blue border with “Chicago Cubs” in raised lettering, and has two pre-drilled holes for easily mounting it to you vehicle.

Summer Christmas Special: LTD’s Early Planning Tips

Summer is nearing an end and the holidays are a lot closer than we think. Learn some early planning tips and how to make Christmas work all year long with these informative articles from LTD Commodities.

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4 Non-Christmas Ways to Decorate with Christmas Lights
Few things are as frustrating during the holidays as untangling Christmas lights from the previous year. But there might be a few ways to put some of those Christmas lights to use all year long, or at least during the summer months. Find out if these four non-holiday ways to decorate with Christmas lights work for you.

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Tweaking Traditional Christmas Dishes for Summer Palates
Americans tend to look forward to holiday dishes more than any other type of meal. There’s no denying that most of us wouldn’t mind ripping a few pages out of our Christmas recipe books earlier in the year to satisfy a holiday craving. Take a crack at tweaking Christmas dishes for summer palates with these how-to tips.

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The Mind-Boggling Benefits of Buying Christmas Toys Early
Whether it’s the high demand of a seasonal toy, a last-minute sale or long lines that make us long for an online option, holiday toy shopping can break Christmas spirits. If you’re thinking, “There has to be another way,” these mind-boggling benefits of buying Christmas toys early might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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Christmas Stories with Morals for Any Time of Year
Some of the best stories were created with Christmas as their cornerstones. Not only do these classics bring us back to our favorite memories, they’re also perfect because of the morals they introduced us to. Introduce your kids to the same life lessons by reading these Christmas stories with great morals for any time of year.

Summer Design Tips: How to Inspire Tech-Free Creativity

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We’re on the brink of summer break. Very soon kids will be spending mornings in the family room instead of study hall, claiming territory at the kitchen table instead of the cafeteria. Being at home means being tempted by technology. A few lazy days can morph into a month, two months…before they know it, all the projects they were hoping to get done before the next school year must be crammed into a tight schedule. It can be pretty difficult to separate kids from the technology they use every day, but there are times when they would benefit from putting down their phones or stepping away from the TV to get serious about their creative ideas and summer projects. Learn how to inspire tech-free creativity with these easy design tips.

Natural light is a natural ally.
Even with advances in screen technology, natural light is still one of the biggest enemies when it comes to a user-friendly experience. Everything from smartphones to laptops can be negatively affected by too much sunlight, so giving light the freedom to filter into the living or family room is a simple way to mark any major area as a tech-free zone. In addition to deterring the use of screens, natural light is fantastic for a variety of creative activities. Let your kids set up an easel by the window, fill a room with activity books and games, or clear out sun-drenched areas for physical activities like yoga or for bigger craft projects.

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Bookcases, bookshelves and…well, books.
There’s no better way to define a space than by packing it with the contents you’d like the space to be used for. Despite the steady interest in e-readers, print books remain more than relevant. Young generations still prefer the feeling of flipping through physical pages. Students in high school or college continue to buy print books with good reason. Designating a room for quiet activities like reading is as easy as providing comfy seating and stocking shelves with the titles that will get your kids excited about spending quality time inside.

All eyes on…wait, where’s the TV?
Ever since the TV burst onto the household scene, the layout for family space has shifted to accommodate the magical box. With furniture gravitating toward the big screen, it’s almost impossible to use the TV room for anything but prime time programming and binge-watching. But people looking to make a change rightly wonder how to arrange their room if they take out the TV. Previously used focal points include the fireplace, piano and wall art. Another option is to arrange seating around a coffee table to help cultivate conversation.

No matter what kind of space you want to encourage for your kids’ summer break, The Lakeside Collection is ready to decorate. Accent natural light in your living room with our selection of window treatments, stock up that bookshelf with titles for all ages, and get a few statement pieces to change your room’s focal point.