'The Book Thief' and 7 Other Risky Book-to-Movie Adapatations

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In just a few short weeks, the long-awaited film adaptation of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak's bestselling novel, will be released. Only a handful of reviews for the movie are in so far, but they're promising; Variety called it "solidly engaging" and "quietly effective," and with a Nov. 15 release date that's right in Oscar territory, it's a definite possibility to make an appearance come awards season.

We're thrilled that the movie looks so good, but for a long time, the thought of one of the most beloved books of the last decade being made into a movie — and possibly ruined — was frightening. The Book Thief is an incredibly unique book that, although filled with movie-ready moments, has a charm that we figured might only translate well on the page. We're all for seeing our favorite novels come to life, but not at the cost of losing the elements that made them so special to read. For more on The Book Thief and seven other book-to-movie adaptations that had or have us worried, read on.

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