Today Is National Book Lovers Day! Try One of These Books That Inspired Beloved Disney Films!

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I am a HUGE lover of books, just like Belle! Since I was a little girl I have always loved to read anything that is fiction and fantasy. Even when I was grounded as a kid I didn’t mind because I would just sit around and read all day. When I got to college I had no idea what to major in, and then one day a light bulb went off that I needed to major in English since I loved to read and write so much. I still get the odd look when people see that I take a book with me EVERYWHERE I go (yes, even to Disneyland!). Most people are so glued to their phones and social media, but sometimes (especially now during COVID-19) it’s great to pick up a book and go on a new adventure!

Disney has made so many classic and beloved films that were inspired by books. In honor of National Book Lovers Day, D23 has made a list of favorite live action films based on some great books.

Here are our top five favorites from D23’s list:

  1. Holes 
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You will dig this award-winning novel by Louis Sanchar’s about a boy sent to a strange camp where he must dig holes every day. If you loved the film adaptation you will love the book even more! The film and book chronicles his time digging holes at Camp Greenlake—but the camp’s secret could finally help Stanley break his family’s curse of bad luck. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf as Stanley Yelnats.

2. The Princess Diaries 

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What do you do when you’re a high schooler and “discover you’re the princess Genovia?” You don’t have to wonder—lucky for you, Mia Thermopolis kept a diary! Her life as a new princess is explored in Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries book series—and immortalized as a go-to sleepover movie starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews. Mia’s story of going from awkward high schooler to… still awkward princess will inspire anyone who feels like they don’t quite fit in.

Be warned, the book is quite different from the film but it is still a great read!

3. Tuck Everlasting 

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Natalie Babbit’s book about a family that discovers the secret to immortality got the big-screen treatment back in 2002. Follow the journey of Winnie Foster (played by Alexis Bledel in the movie) as she tries to break free from her domineering mother and protect the secret of the Tuck family—especially her beloved Jesse Tuck. Winnie has a serious choice ahead of her: return to her normal life, or stay with the everlasting Tuck family. We ALL fell in love with this movie when it came out, and you will fall equally in love with the book!

4. The Princess Bride 

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Has anyone not watched The Princess Bride? Inconceivable! This beloved adaption of William Goldman’s equally endearing novel of the same name has won the hearts of film lovers and fans of the book alike with its cheeky twist on the classic fairy tale, iconic and instantly-quotable dialogue, and beloved characters. While this Rob Reiner movie was not made by Disney, it was acquired by the Mouse House as part of its acquisition of 20th Century Fox and its catalogue.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 

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This is one of all my time favorite fantasy series! If you’re looking to be transported to an entirely different world made up of fauns, witches, and magic then look no further. This is the first-written book in C.S. Lewis’ popular The Chronicles of Narnia series where you will follow the adventures of the Pensivie siblings as they discover a mysterious land inside their wardrobe after a game of hide-and-seek. What starts as the sibling’s fun adventure filled with talking animals and strange environments soon becomes an epic battle to save the land of Narnia from the evil White Witch—and fulfill their destinies.