Halloween Films Adapted From Books

Rosemary’s Baby

Inspired by a 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby is a classic Roman Polanski movie. Featuring themes of devil worship, a demon baby and a crazy cult, the film has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and creates an eerie atmosphere perfect for Halloween.


Transformed onto the screen in 1990 and again in 2017, IT is one of the more well-known novels from Author Stephen King. Featuring a killer clown, IT embodies terror in a group of young school children, who must destroy the creature before it gets to anyone else…

The Exorcist

Recognised as one of the iconic horror movies of all time, The Exorcist, made in 1973, was actually based on a novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, which was written in 1971. The book itself is said to have been inspired by a young boy who had been possessed by the devil himself…

Let The Right One In

Adapted into a Swedish film, and later an American one, Let The Right One In follows a young boy and his mysterious vampire friend who has recently moved to town. The book can be a lot spookier than the film incarnations, so if you’re looking for something spooky to sink your teeth into this month, we recommend the book!


This classic Hitchcock film is said to be one of the founding films of modern horror, but did you know it was based on a novel of the same name by Robert Bloch? Released in 1959, Hitchcock took only a year to adapt it for the screen, and the rest is history.

The Silence Of The Lambs

Adapted for the big screen in 1991, The Silence Of The Lambs is actually based on a novel by Thomas Harris, who created and developed the Hannibal character throughout a series of novels including another book that was later adapted for film, Red Dragon.

Interview With The Vampire

More homoerotic than horror, Interview With The Vampire is based on a novel of the same name by Anne Rice. Featuring a vampire called Lestat, who features heavily in Rice’s other novels in the series, the book & film follows a family of vampires who experience the ages together…No matter how dysfunctional they become.


Adapted many times over the years, Dracula is the father of all vampire novels and films. Written more than a century ago by Bram Stoker, the novel is written in a diary format, as characters relay the strange occurrences of their surroundings when a new and foreign Count enters the country…


Of course, this compilation wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Frankenstein. Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley when she was 18, had written the novel as a test between other authors in order to see who could write the scariest novel…We think Shelley wins hands down, with the horror having being remade countless times on the big screen.


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Literature Quotes for Self Confidence

Sometimes it’s important to understand that we’re not alone. Many literary heroes have been through a host of mental health issues and periods of time in which they felt badly about themselves. Some overcame their issues, others didn’t. What we know now is that those who wrote about their confidence and mental health had a lot to say on the matter.
For many, the words below are used as self-affirmations. For others, these quotes are tattooed on them forever as a permanent reminder to carry on. Take a quote you love and turn it over in your head. Whatever relates to your current situation, let the words stay with you. Write them on a post-it, save it to your notes, or use it as a self-affirmation. Words can heal, and some of the greats said it best…

I am made and remade continuously.
– Virginia Woolf, The Waves

You’re wishin’ too much, baby. You gotta stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone oughtta be. 
– Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.
– Chris Brogan

It is never too late to be what you might have been. 
– George Eliot

You evolve past certain people. Let Yourself.
– Mandy Hale, The Single Woman

Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.
– Fannie Flagg, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion

To hell with them. Nothing hurts if you don’t let it.
– Ernest Hemingway, The Paris Wife

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am.
– Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.
― Mark Twain

I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
― M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hating our bodies is something that we learn, and it sure as hell is something that we can unlearn.
― Megan Jayne Crabbe, Body Positive Power: How learning to love yourself will save your life

Be very stubborn and unpredictable.
– The Slumflower, How To Be Alone


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