Ambarish Ganesh

Book-hoarder, tea-taster, dosa/momo lover, mountain sheep, okayish caricaturist. Also, I pronounce ‘pronouns’ as pronounce.

Ever wondered why so many movies and series are based on books? Because it’s good business.

2017 Man Booker Prize For Fiction Shortlist Announced

Publishers Association recently submitted a report titled ‘Publishing’s contribution to the wider creative industries’ that shows movies based on books earned significantly more that those based on original screenplay (53% more in terms of worldwide Box Office, to be precise). Even your favorite TV-series inspired by literary sources attracted 56% more audience than those based on original scripts.


From the report, it’s evident that the cinematic adaptations benefited a lot from the popularity of known books, but it’s also true that adaptations work wonders for a lesser known or an old book.

The 21-page extensive report examines the impact of a book when adapted for film, TV and theater, in terms of critical and commercial success. The conclusive data was accumulated by a combination of interviews, public domain information, case studies, and from popular creative entities like BFI, BBC and Nielsen BookScan.

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