Films Originated As a Book

Films That Originated As a Book

Some of our most popular films of all time started their lives as a book – always handy if you are looking for inspiration for a book character costume as well! Although some of the plot-lines may have been adapted to suit the screen, the basic story is normally followed, although characters may be added or forgotten completely.

A lot of these films will also show up in some of our other film categories, on the left, where they may be more information on them.

Costume Ideas…

So here are just some costume ideas of films that started life as a book, as you can see there is a huge variation and possible costume choices

  • Harry Potter We stock a great range of Harry Potter costumes, although a lot more for children
  • The Wizard of Oz – We stock a great range of The Wizard of Oz costumes
  • The Lord Of The Rings & The Hobbit – Gandalf the Wizard, Arwen the Elf Princess, Bilbo & Frodo Baggins
  • Gone With The Wind – Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
  • The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series – Lisbeth Salander, the goth/punk computer hacker
  • Oliver Twist – Oliver, The Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy & Bill Sykes
  • Bridget Jones – Wear a Bunny Girl outfit
  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – WWII outfits
  • The Smurfs & The Magic Flute – Ever popular for the more extrovert party-goer
  • Red Riding Hood – Red Riding Hood, the Wolf-cum-Granny and the Huntsman
  • Alice Adventures In Wonderland – Many characters here, notably Alice, The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen and the White Rabbit.
  • Green Lantern –  new costumes available soon
  • Dances With Wolves – American Civil War uniforms & Indian Costumes
  • Casino Royale – just the first of the many James Bond 007 books. See our Bond film section for further ideas
  • Jaws – Sharks & swimmers – an opportunity to use the Man-Eating Shark novelty costume.
  • The Twilight Saga – vampires & werewolves
  • Dracula
  • Frankenstein, featuring Frankensteins Monster
  • Sense & Sensibility – One of the several Jane Austin novels made into films
  • The Three Musketeers – Well, three musketeers and a would-be recruit
  • The Godfather – gangster costumes
  • Breakfast at Tiffanys – Featuing Holly Golightly: A excellent for the beehive and Little Black Dress look
  • Band of Brothers – WWII again
  • Pinocchio – The tale of the wooden puppet who wanted to be a real boy.
  • Alias Madame Doubtfire – Became Mrs Doubtfire- a great opportunity for the men to dress up in drag!
  • Mary Poppins – The practically perfect nanny, plus her good friend, Bert the Chimney Sweep
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – Willie Wonka and his Ooopha-Loopahs
  • Animal Farm – Political satire with talking farm animals in leding roles
  • The BFG – Roald Dahl’s popular story
  • Black Beauty – Good story – just not too many black horse costumes on the market!
  • The Cat In The Hat – Dr Suess’ dapper cat
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Ian Fleming’s lesser known story creation, featuring the sweet heiress Truly Scrumptious and the Evil Child Catcher.
  • Dumbo – The baby elephant with the ears so big he can fly
  • Fantastic Mr Fox – Another Roald Dahl creation about the revenge of an enterprising fox, which also features oher woodland animals
  • The Hundred & One Dalmations – The legendary Cruella de Vil and her hunt for the perfect fur coat.
  • The Indian In the Cupboard – Good opportunity for an Indian Scout outfit
  • James & The Giant Peach – Nce Dahl story – a little short on suitable off-the-peg outfits
  • Jumani – full of weird costume ideas!
  • The Jungle Book – ‘Man-cub’ Mowgli and his animal friends
  • The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe – The White Witch of the North might be an interesting outfit, or use a Lion for Aslan
  • Matilda – Yet another Dahl story – this time a girl with unusual powers
  • The Night At The Museum – Artefacts come to life at night
  • Shrek – The ogre whose subsequent films featured a wide range of storybook characters
  • Peter Pan – Peter Pan, Wendy, the Lost Boys and Tiger Lily, the Indian girl, plus Captain Hook and Pirate Costumes
  • The Sheep Pig – Babe
  • Treasure Island – Long John Silver plus pirate costumes!
  • The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle – Doctor Dolittle
  • The Wind In The Willows – Toad, Ratty, Badger and their weaselly foes.
  • Winnie The Pooh – A tatty teddy or a tubby ted in a red jacket?
  • The Witches – The gruesome end of the witch market.

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