So, here are a few genre-assorted books based on true stories for you to dive right in.
Reading Psycho must’ve been a thrilling experience for all who read it imagining it to be based on a fictional premise. But it is going to be a nightmare for the ones who will read it now, knowing that the character of Norman Bates is inspired by the real-life murderer Ed Gein. This book centers around a murderer, his strange relationship with his mother and the motel that he runs on the side of a deserted highway.
This book narrates the true story of three girls – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – who were kidnapped, imprisoned, and repeatedly raped and beaten in a Cleveland house for over a decade by Ariel Castro. The story of their amazing escape made headlines all over the world.
The Grimke sisters of the novel have inspired a thousand souls who’ve read this book. But very few know that these characters are based on real people who worked for the abolition of slavery. A book to read on woman empowerment and how women can actually make an impact in the society.
Everyone I know who read this book or watched the movie must have sobbed like a kid through it. This story makes you believe in love and fate, but what makes it even more heart-breaking is to know that the character of Hazel Grace is inspired by a real-life character named Esther Earl who died of thyroid cancer at the age of 16. True stories like these don’t only inspire great authors but also change the lives of the readers for good.
The story seems like a fictional fairy-tale love story that hardly could be believed to exist in reality. But the truth is that this book came from the tale of the author’s wife’s grandparents, who met as teenagers during a summer romance. Although her parents took their daughter away from the boy at summer’s end, he continued to write her letters every day. Time went on, she got engaged to another man, but eventually, she realized that her first love was the one she wanted to be with all along. Yes, such love stories do exist!