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5 films that will inspire any English Literature student

The average literature student has an insane amount of reading to do, which can be overwhelming.

Take a break from the reading and writing, and relax. Hopefully these films won't make you feel too guilty for ignoring work.

1. Dead Poets Society (1989)

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Dead Poets Society is perfect for perking up a down-trodden English student. It is about the inspirational teacher John Keating (played by the loveable Robin Williams) who motivates his disillusioned class to appreciate the beauty of poetry and life. This is the perfect encapsulation of why people study literature: to have a better understanding of the world. There's no better start to the year than reminding yourself why you are pursuing this course.

2. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

There is nothing as sobering as the reminder that William Shakespeare was a fallible human who struggled with writer's block as much as you. This 90s classic depicts the playwright (played by Joseph Fiennes) breaking out of his writing slump after meeting his muse Viola (played by Gwyneth Paltrow). We are not suggesting that you find inspiration from a random crush to fuel your university work. However, finding a drive to motivate you is helpful, especially in the most stressful times.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

How many lovers of this amazing Book/Movie? #ThePerksOfBeingAWallflower personally is one of my favorite books and movie, the story of Charlie and his issues alongside he meets new friends and gets into a new ambient is, with no doubt, a masterpiece of the teen literature! I personally love the character of Charlie and how he get so close to Sam and Patrick two characters that are, at least at my point of view, one of a kind. // #movie #wallflower #moviequotes #weacceptthelovewethinkwedeserve #love #poetry #photography #stephenchbosky #quote #emmawatson #loganlerman #quotes #perksofbeingawallflowerquotes #perksofbeingawallflower #Book #followme #like4like #liker #likes #l4l #likes4likes #photooftheday #love #likeforlike #likesforlikes #liketeam #likeback #likebackteam

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This first book-to-film adaptation on the list is a classic of young adult fiction. Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) writes letters in a bid to better understand the world around him while pondering the life of being a student in college. He is taken under the wing of the arty siblings Patrick and Sam, who introduced him to new music, films, and ways of thinking. Besides the angsty storyline of Charlie, there is the positive presence of the English teacher Mr Anderson (played by the charismatic Paul Rudd). He notices Charlie's interest in literature and nurtures it, much like Robin Williams' character in Dead Poets Society).

4. Atonement (2007)

Atonement strikes many chords with literature students; being an adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel, as well as being about a young writer. Briony (played by Saoirse Ronan) starts the film by roaming her house for a story to write. Accompanying this sequence is a soundtrack that contains the satisfying and motivating tapping of typewriter keys, which is also a great addition to a revision playlist. The aesthetic of the film, alongside the talented acting of James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, makes this an enjoyable film with the added bonus of it being based on a novel and being about the process of creating a narrative. Warning: this film is heartbreaking, so maybe don't watch it when you're feeling too stressed out by essay writing.

5. Misery (1990)

This may seem like an odd choice, but this adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name helps the stressed-out student put things into perspective. Things could be worse; you could be imprisoned by a madwoman who is torturing you to write a novel. They say there is no deadline like a literal deadline. Therefore, Misery is a helpful companion to the suffering student who needs motivation, as well as a reality check.