5 of the best Disney films that were inspired by books

As I wish I could be in Disney right now, I thought what better post than to talk about some of my favourite book to film adaptions!

Peter Pan J M Barrie

The film scared me as a child because Captain Hook is one of the scariest characters of all time. Even though I was afraid, I still couldn’t take my eyes off the screen and watched it many times.

I picked up the book recently and fell in love with the story all over again. It has some dark aspects and is a lot more thought provoking than the film. But similarly, it’s about the young boy who doesn’t want to grow up.

While I loved the animated version and I know this is controversial, but I really prefer the 2003 live adaption, as well as Hook.

Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve

This film and book will always be one of my favourites. Even though the book is beautifully written, it isn’t exactly like the film version, other than the fact that the prince is a beast.

I did prefer Disney’s original animated film the best. But the book is definitely worth picking up if you’re a big fan.

If you don’t already know, it is about a prince who has been cursed and will remain a beast for ever if he doesn’t find true love. He captivates Belle, a bookworm, who lives in a nearby town, with the hope that she will help break the curse.

Holes by Louis Sachar

This book is just so good and as I’m writing this I am tempted to reread it. For some reason we read it in school and we all loved this book. I really like that it has a very original plotline.

Stanley Yelnats gets wrongly convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. He is sent to a camp which turns out to be a place where children are forced to dig holes to find hidden treasure. It jumps back and forth, from the present day, to the past, connecting Stanley’s world to that of his great-great grandfather.

Stanley and Zero will always be one of my favourite fictional duos. The film adaption also does the book justice, which is very rare.

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Who doesn’t love Princess Mia? While the book series take a different journey to the films, both still have really good storylines.

Mia is a normal girl who is just trying to make it through high school. Her grandmother, the Queen of Genovia, turns up just before her 16th birthday to announce she is in fact a princess. Mia has to work out if royal life in the spotlight is for her or if she wants to denounce the throne.

I love that they show how she can be independent as a woman and also how friendships and relationships evolve as time passes. If you’re looking for a lighthearted series to read, then I would recommend this. The same goes for the films but for some reason the second film will always be my favourite.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

This has to be one of the, if not the, best Disney adaptions of all time. I haven’t read the book but I plan to. This adaption is pure joy for me. I love the friendship between Quasimodo and Esmerelda.

I also like the fact that a Disney adaption shows a male and female being friends, without being romantically involved. If you haven’t watched it yet, then you absolutely must.

This one follows Quasimodo, a bell ringer, who spends his time hiding away from people because he is afraid they will judge him based on his looks. He befriends Esmerelda, a gypsy, who gets judged for her own lifestyle. She teaches him that he shouldn’t care what other people think and helps him when others mistreat him.


What are your favourite Disney films that have been adapted from a book? Let me know by commenting below. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram – @bookwormgirl_24

2 thoughts on “5 of the best Disney films that were inspired by books

  1. Ah – is it terrible that the only ones I’ve actually read on this list are Holes and Princess Diaries? I love the Disney animated films based on the other books, but I have yet to actually read them. Although I do remember thumbing through Peter Pan as a kid. I should read it now!

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