From page to screen: A celebration of books made into films

The novel remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for 67 weeks and sold over nine million copies in two years while the film won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1972. An absolute classic!!

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The Outsiders was a controversial book at the time of its publication. It was ranked #38 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999. This book has been banned from some schools and libraries because of the portrayal of gang violence, underage smoking and drinking, strong language, and family disfunction. However, in many U.S. schools, the book is part of the English curriculum at the middle- or high-school level

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A Clockwork Orange was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English language books from 1923 to 2005 while the movie A Clockwork Orange was nominated for several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture grossing more than $26 million in the United States and Canada on a budget of $2.2 million

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It was longlisted for the 1993 Booker Prize but was apparently rejected for the shortlist after “offending the sensibilities” of two judges.

Welsh claimed that the book had sold over one million copies in the UK by 2015, and been translated into thirty languages. The film has been ranked 10th by the British Film Institute in its list of Top British films of all time.

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Time magazine included the novel in its “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005” list. The film, released in 1975, won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress (Louise Fletcher), and Best Director (Milos Forman). Since its release, the film has been certified as one of the Top 100 American Films by the American Film Institute.

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