Who Wrote the Books These Movies Were Based On?


Judging by the number of movie adaptations to the silver screen, someone in Hollywood is reading. Hollywood studios have teams of readers who are employed to read screenplays and make recommendations based on their research. Sounds like a dream job, eh? The adaptations to film may not all capture the greatness of an original book or play, but sometimes they add even more magic. If nothing else they introduce a new audience to a story an author spent years laboring to tell.

Only how often do we know whom ultimately should be credited with writing the idea down in the first place? We can get so caught up in the stars on the screen or the famous director that we might not even realize there was a book or play in the first place. In this quiz, you'll to pay respect to the author that wrote the premise for the hit movie.

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The Longest Literary Sentence is Almost 14,000 Words

If you are annoyed by run-on sentences that reach three lines, then you would be flabbergasted to see the longest English literary sentence. It can be found in The Rotter's Club by Jonathan Coe. The sentence is 13,955 words long and covers 33 pages.

For the longest time, Victor Hugo was credited with the longest sentence when he reached 823 words in Les Miserables. But that "record" was simply misinformation published. It is a long sentence, but it is far from the longest. The Rotters Club wasn't published until 2001, but Ulysses by James Joyce still had a 4,391-word sentence.

When you take other languages into account, things get trickier. A Polish novel called the Gates of Paradise has a sentence that is over 40,000. There's also a 128-page book that is one long sentence called Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age by Bohumil Hrabal. The exact word count isn't known by many, so good luck finding it. Though in the end, it probably has the longest sentence in literature considering the whole book is one sentence.

The average length of a sentence is 15-25 words. Any longer, and word is, things become hard to follow. Studies show that 14 words are ideal for slower readers to grasp what they are reading. So, what does that mean for those 14,000 words sentences? Well, to be fair, Jonathan Coe created his long sentence on purpose. It was inspired by Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age. Who knew? You do now!

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