P.S. I Love You. Poster of the 2007 movie and cover of the 2004 book
P.S. I Love You
Cecelia Ahern, 2004
movie vs book
Richard LaGravenese, 2007

Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. One winter, Gerry dies of a brain tumor, and Holly realizes how much he meant to her as well as how insignificant their arguments and differences were. She doesn’t want to live anymore without him.

Pretty in Pink. Poster of the 1986 movie and cover of the book novelization
Pretty in Pink
H.B. Gilmour, 1986
movie vs book   [NOVELIZATION]
Howard Deutch, 1986

High school senior Andie Walsh lives with her underemployed working class father Jack in a Chicago suburb. Andie’s best friend, the outsider Phil #Duckie# Dale, is in love with her, but is afraid to tell her how he truly feels. In school, Duckie and Andie, along with their friends, are harassed and bullied by the arrogant richie kids.

Killer Joe. Poster of the 2011 movie and cover of the 1999 book
Killer Joe
Tracy Letts, 1999
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William Friedkin, 2011

In West Dallas, Texas, 22-year-old drug dealer Chris Smith comes to the house of his father Ansel and step-mother Sharla, after his mother, Adele, threw him out of her house. Assuming Dottie would share the money with Chris and their father, Chris manages to rope the dim-witted Ansel into hiring Joe Cooper, a police detective who has a side career as a contract killer, to kill Ansel’s ex-wife to get the money.

Red Heat. Poster of the 1988 movie and cover of the book novelization
Red Heat
Robert Tine, 1988
movie vs book   [NOVELIZATION]
Walter Hill, 1988

Captain Ivan Danko and Lieutenant Yuri Ogarkov of the Moscow Militia lead a sting operation against Georgian drug kingpin Viktor Rostavili. However, Rostavili manages to evade capture, and in an ensuing firefight, kills Ogarkov and flees to the United States. As Danko is recovering from his injuries, Rostavili is arrested for a minor traffic violation in Chicago.

Cocktail. Poster of the 1988 movie and cover of the 1984 book
Heywood Gould, 1984
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Roger Donaldson, 1988

Brian Flanagan, having just finished his stint in the Army, heads back to New York City and meets his Uncle Pat at his bar. Brian quits college, maintaining his personal aspirations, but Doug is wary of the two starting their own bar together.

Everything She Ever Wanted. Poster of the 2009 TV series and cover of the 1992 book
Everything She Ever Wanted
Ann Rule, 1992
TV series vs book
Peter Svatek, 2009

For their wedding portrait, Pat and Tom Allanson dress as Rhett and Scarlett to honor their Southern roots and dreams of living on a plantation like Tara and rising in the ranks of the South Carolina elite. However, less than two months later, their dream is shattered by the murder of Tom’s parents and the mysterious suicide of Pat’s brother. Pat’s grandparents-in-law are also poisoned, and no one, including Pat’s own children, is safe when Pat Allanson doesn’t get what she wants.

House of Versace. Poster of the 2013 movie and cover of the 2009 book
House of Versace
Deborah Ball, 2009
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Sara Sugarman, 2013

Following the tragic demise of Gianni, who is fatally shot at his Miami villa at the age of 50, the responsibility of managing the company falls upon his siblings, Donatella and Santo. Donatella, plagued by drug addiction and teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, finds a lifeline when her family supports her transfer to a rehabilitation center. After successfully overcoming her addiction and regaining her health, she spearheads the transformation of the company into one of the globe’s most influential fashion brands.

Touch. Poster of the 1997 movie and cover of the 1987 book
Elmore Leonard, 1987
movie vs book
Paul Schrader, 1997

A young man, Juvenal, is apparently able to cure the sick by the laying-on of hands. The former evangelist Bill Hill persuades his friend Lynn Faulkner to befriend the innocent ex-monk and encourage him to aim for the big-time. But matters become complicated when the young couple falls in love, and even more complicated when fundamentalist August Murray takes exception to their relationship.

12 Desperate Hours. Poster of the 2023 movie and cover of the 2001 book, The Desperate Hours
The Desperate Hours
Ann Rule, 2001
movie vs book
Gina Gershon, 2023

The story revolves around Val, who is taken captive along with her children by Denny, who has just committed a murder and entered her house to take refuge. Val and her kids are now at the mercy of the dangerous criminal, struggling to find a way to escape and stay safe.

The Little Mermaid. Poster of the 2018 movie and cover of the 1837 book
The Little Mermaid
Hans Christian Andersen, 1837
movie vs book
Blake Harris, Chris Bouchard, 2018

A grandmother tells her two granddaughters a version of The Little Mermaid in which a mermaid princess is tricked by a wizard who steals her soul, and forced to live a life away from her ocean home enslaved to the wizard for eternity. The next day, Cam questions several people who have taken Locke’s mermaid water; none of them have actually been cured of their ailments.