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Which author has had the most books adapted for film ?

By this I mean actual novels that were released before the film (and not novelisations of films or screenplays or graphic novels/comics). Short stories are counted a 'books' too.

Also, please count the books not the films so multiple adaptions of 'Dracula' for example only count as one book.

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    are you counting number of movies or number of books adapted? Multiple adaptations of the same work will skew the count radically versus an author who has had many distinct works adapted. Bram Stoker would score well on movies but all from a single book, Dracula; Agatha Christie would score many adaptations of many books. – matt_black Feb 28 '17 at 12:59
  • @matt_black - question edited – Pat Dobson Feb 28 '17 at 13:01
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    Ian Fleming is going to take some beating. Then again, John le Carré & Agatha Christie could be formidable opponents... – Tetsujin Feb 28 '17 at 13:15
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    @Tetsujin Or Shakesepeare. – matt_black Feb 28 '17 at 13:36
  • @Chenmunka - Close enough to be recognisable - so 'No' to World war Z and 'Yes' to I am legend – Pat Dobson Feb 28 '17 at 14:37
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Not counting sequels or remakes, Stephen King has ~40 based directly from a novel, novella or short story authored by him, with 4 more adaptations in the pipeline for 2017.

To Get to near 40, I did count Creepshow sequels that used previously unadapted King short stories. I invite spot checks of my hasty tally :)

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    My first thought was King or Crichton, but King probably wins. – Darren Feb 28 '17 at 16:35
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    @Chaim, but most of Dickens and Shakespeare are remakes of the same handful of stories. Plus, Shakespeare was not an author even if he has had more than 40 plays adapted into films. – Darren Feb 28 '17 at 16:59
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    @Chaim Shakespeare has exactly 36 original works (Get out of here Bacon & Marlowe...) that have been adapted and re-adapted. I was counting unique adaptations, that being, the first adaptation of a unique work. No Carrie remakes and no Children of the Corn IIs, neither of which have basis in a unique, previously unadapted work. – Ross Feb 28 '17 at 17:02
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    @Chaim, Shakespeare was a playwright, not an author. – Darren Feb 28 '17 at 17:14
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    Agatha Christie seems like a good bet for someone who might beat King. IMDB lists 148 films or TV series crediting her sources (14 books of short stories and 66 novels). And it counts series not stories so the count of unique stories might be quite high. – matt_black Feb 28 '17 at 19:13
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Facetious answer: God probably wins if you count the number of films that are based on the Bible.

Two more that might be in with a shout:

Arthur Conan Doyle - I'm sure every Sherlock Holmes novel and short story has probably been adapted in some fashion.

Edgar Rice Burroghs - Depends on how many Tarzan films are direct adaptations of stories he wrote. Plus John Carter (of Mars).

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    God's my favorite author – BlueMoon93 Feb 28 '17 at 16:40
  • Oh dear, down voters don't have a sense of humour? – Darren Feb 28 '17 at 17:46
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    Down voted because it really isn't a very good answer. All I see is "probably" and "depends on". – SiXandSeven8ths Feb 28 '17 at 17:48

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