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Old Aug 15th, 2010, 08:06 PM   #11
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For English language novel-length books, Charles Dickens I think, with about 100 adaptations--if you exclude TV miniseries.

There are about 50 adaptations of just the Holmes novels and about 10 of The Lost World, so Conan Doyle kicks in at about 60.
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Old Aug 15th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #12
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"[Stephen King is] Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author."

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I'm thinking then, Shakespeare, Dickens, King & then Doyle.
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"[Stephen King is] Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author."
.... the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author.
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.... the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author.
Yes I saw that, which is why I changed my answer.
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I interpret the question to mean how many books were turned into movies, rather than how many movies were made from a book. So multiple adaptations of the same book would still count as 1.
Or, you could go for the author who has had the highest number of their total published number of books turned into movies.
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"[Stephen King is] Certified by Guinness Superlatives (the "Book of World Records" group) as having the most number of motion picture adaptations by a living author."

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I'm thinking then, Shakespeare, Dickens, King & then Doyle.
I'm guessing more like Shakespeare, Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Doyle, Jules Verne Victor Hugo. Most of the King adaptations are based on short stories or novellas. Only about 20 of the films are based on actual full length novels.
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Don't forget Jane Austen.
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No idea the authority of this, but:

From Print to Film: Authors With the Most Film Adaptations

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Beyond the obvious classics (the Bible, Homer, Shakespeare, and Dickens), which authors have had the greatest number of their works turned into films? Following is a list of some 20th Century authors with the most book-to-film numbers (note: these do not include television shows, only motion pictures):

1. Stephen King. With 86 films made from his novels and short stories, He may indeed be The King of print-to-film success. Beginning with Carrie in 1976, film adaptations of his works have been huge commercial hits, including The Shining (1980), Misery (1990), and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). While never as frightening as his books, the films made from Stephen King novels continue to scare the hell out of us to this day.

2. W. Somerset Maugham. This name will surprise many today, especially those who have never heard of him, but in the first half of the 20th Century, Maugham was the most commercially successful author alive. The 64 films made from his works also span the longest period of novel to film success: his novel The Explorer was made into a film in 1915, and most recently The Painted Veil was released in 2006. Maugham also likely holds the distinction of most books filmed multiple times: The Painted Veil (1934, 2006); Of Human Bondage (1934, 1946, 1964); The Razorís Edge (1946, 1984); Theater (1962, 2004); and Miss Thompson (1928, 1932, 1953).

3. Ernest Hemingway. At 29 films, he falls well back of the previous two authors on this list, but he is, after all, Hemingway. From A Farewell to Arms in 1932 through Night Express in 2006, Hemingway has been a fixture both in print and film for over 75 years.
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PosterBoy i never would have thought about Somerset Maugham..... 64 is an amazing total. I was thinking about King also, and Christie as well. But I think Sonal's post would be the definitive source. But I am certainly surprised by the second place finisher......
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PosterBoy i never would have thought about Somerset Maugham..... 64 is an amazing total. I was thinking about King also, and Christie as well. But I think Sonal's post would be the definitive source. But I am certainly surprised by the second place finisher......
I thought your criterion was full-length novels only, as you mentioned in your original post.

Posterboy--that list is only for 20th Century authors, of course.
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