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Were These Movies Based on Books? #1

Can you guess whether these movies were based on a novel?
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Last updated: October 14, 2022
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First submittedOctober 14, 2022
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1. The Godfather
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by Mario Puzo
2. Jurassic Park
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by Michael Crichton
3. Pulp Fiction
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
4. Good Will Hunting
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon
5. The Wizard of Oz
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by L. Frank Baum
6. The Princess Bride
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by William Goldman
7. Inception
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Christopher Nolan
8. Star Wars
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by George Lucas
9. Gone With the Wind
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell
10. The Hunt for Red October
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by Tom Clancy
11. Annie Hall
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Woody Allen & Marshall Brickman
12. Finding Nemo
Based on a book
Not
13. Almost Famous
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Cameron Crowe
14. The Silence of the Lambs
Based on a book
Not
Based on the novel by Thomas Harris
15. La La Land
Based on a book
Not
Original screenplay by Damien Chazelle
27 Comments
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Level 85
Oct 15, 2022
Love this. More please!
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Level 93
Oct 16, 2022
This quiz is easy if you remember which Screenplay category they were nominated in at the Oscars.
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Level 76
Oct 17, 2022
I agree. Most quizzes are easy when you know the answers.
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Level 70
Oct 17, 2022
Playing the reverse Uno card, Star Wars has gone onto inspire dozens of novels. That number balloons if comics, graphic novels, and other reference books are included.
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Level 85
Oct 17, 2022
My sympathies to the 8% who thought that Star Wars was a book.
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Level 75
Oct 23, 2022
better the 10% that read the "pulp fiction" book.
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Level 90
Nov 14, 2022
To be fair, the official novelization came out in November 1976, a full six months before the release of the actual movie. Maybe some people guessed wrong because of that?
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2022
There are tons of Star Wars books.
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Level 68
Nov 14, 2022
Star Wars was pretty much ripped off from Dune so saying it was based on a book isn't exactly inaccurate.
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Level 51
Nov 14, 2022
It's more of a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "The Hidden Fortress," with other myriad sci-fi serial influences thrown in.
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Level 82
Nov 15, 2022
There definitely is a lot of Kurosawa influence... and Buck Rogers... Flash Gordon... Beowulf... lots of other things... but at the same time it really is almost straight-up plagiarizing Dune.
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Level 33
Nov 15, 2022
Yeah, and it also ripp a lot from the john carter books too. Espacly the names of things
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Level 76
Feb 2, 2023
As a fan of Dune, I don't see much of it in Star Wars other than the broadest of strokes, i.e. spaceships, desert planet, chosen one, mystical force, evil empire; none of which are enough to qualify it as a rip off.

It sounds just as ridiculous as those who say SW rips off LotR (trilogy, mystical mentor who dies but not really, temptation of corruption, innocent protagonist, badass companion - Aragorn and Han Solo - who would be the protagonist in a more conventional story).

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Level 82
Nov 14, 2022
Got everything except Almost Famous... but I don't even remember answering that one; may have skipped over it accidentally.
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Level 78
Mar 3, 2024
Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
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Level 78
Nov 14, 2022
8/15, which is the same as a monkey, more or less. But I still managed to score a point and beat a few people.
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Level 51
Nov 14, 2022
Easy, got them all in 30 seconds.
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Level 70
Nov 14, 2022
That the Princess Bride is based on a book is too meta for me.

It's a story within a story that's based on another story

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Level 82
Nov 14, 2022
In the book, Billy (the grandson/narrator) has a much more fleshed out and significant story, and isn't just a sick kid being read a book in bed. Though there is still the story-within-a-story.
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Level 77
Jun 4, 2024
And it gets real mindscrewy because the narrator is William Goldman, the actual author. He mentions other actual books he's written (like his debut novel, The Temple of Gold), how the Cliffs of Insanity from The Princess Bride inspired the cliff scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and in introductions to anniversary editions discusses making the movie adaptation... and it's all within a framework in which he has a fictional family, is descended from immigrants from a fictional country, and is "adapting" a fictional book from a fictional author. In those anniversary introductions, he even visits said fictional country to visit the museum showcasing artifacts from the "real" people that the fictional author based his fictional book on.
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Level 82
Nov 14, 2022
I've seen all but one of these movies. Read none but one of the books.
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Level 63
Nov 15, 2022
I've only seen 11 of the 15 movies but have read 4 of the 7 books.
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Level 78
Mar 3, 2024
Again, kalbungeejump, fascinating. I'm so glad to feel part of this.
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Level 73
May 19, 2024
You seem to have some bias against this one user. I notice you haven't complained about any of the other comments of which share quite a similar nature to kalbahamut's comments.
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Level 77
Jun 4, 2024
Yeah, I don't see you making fun of the commenters who posted things like "Easy, got them all in 30 seconds." Seems like you've got a weird grudge going on.
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Level 67
Nov 15, 2022
I always get Almost Famous confused with Clueless, which is not helpful for this quiz...

Never knew Gone with the Wind was a book and the Princess Bride is a film I only hear about on forums so no chance!

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Level 44
Jan 14, 2023
I guessed for everything except Jurassic Park and got 18/20 correct