Divergent and other movies made from books

Last weekend the movie Divergent opened in theatres across North America, earning an impressive box office debut of $56 million. Since all authors dream of seeing their books turned into screenplays, we can give a collective "yay" for Veronica Roth, the 25-year-old Divergent author who incredibly wrote the book while she was still a student in university (when you got it, you got it)! Those involved in making the movie are now moving ahead with filming the second installment, Insurgent, since it's clear they have a franchise to rival that of The Hunger Games. In celebration of authors and their brilliant imaginations, here are a few more success stories about books (self-published!) turned into film.


Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, an author who started writing fanfiction on the internet. James self-published the wildly popular, erotica book which was later published by Random House. A movie based on the book is now filming with a release date of February 2015.

Wool by Hugh Howey, the golden child of the self-publishing movement. Howey's success and sincerity led him into talks with movie executives to bring his Wool characters to film--fingers crossed! He's also struck a unique hybrid publishing deal with Simon & Schuster (print rights).   

Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a doctor of neuroscience turned storyteller. Based on her research and experience working on matters of the brain, Genova wrote and self-published a beautiful story about a successful, independent woman succumbing to Alzheimer's disease. Simon & Schuster later published the book which is now being filmed with stars Kristen Stewart and Julianne Moore, set for release in 2015.   

Here are some more articles about other self-published authors who achieved great success with their books.

Bestseller Success Stories that Started Out as Self-Published Books, Huffington Post

5 Famous Books That Were Originally Self-Published, Mental Floss

How My Self-Published Book 'Wool' Became a Hot Movie Property, Huffington Post

Stacey D. Atkinson is the author of the newly released novel Stuck, which she published via her independent company Mirror Image Publishing.  

Leave a comment

Add comment