This month, our theme at the library is “The Book Is Better,” and to that end, we’re highlighting books that have been adapted into films, as well as other forms of adaptation, all month long. We have a display at the front of the library of a wide range of books and their accompanying movies. Here, though, I thought it would be a great time to highlight books that have been adapted into films that are being released later this year. All of the film versions of these books don’t come out until September or later, so you’ll have plenty of time to read the books beforehand. As we all know, the book is almost always better, so it’s also almost always best to read the book first!
As always, our online library catalog is where you can learn more about each item and place holds.
M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans (2012)
On September 2nd, the film version of this acclaimed novel is coming to a theater near you. The movie– watch the trailer here–stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz. It is a psychological drama, but you can walk into the movie theater already aware of the twists and turns in this period piece, set during the 1920s in rural Australia. The story follows the lives of a lighthouse keeper, his wife, and the daughter they find when she washes up on shore one day.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Amanda Coplin’s The Orchardist, Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper, and Chris Bohjalian’s The Sandcastle Girls.
Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2011)
Are you a fan of Ransom Riggs’ popular young adult fantasy series about the peculiar children under the care of the mysterious Miss Peregrine? If so, you’re probably waiting anxiously for the first book’s film adaptation to come to theaters on September 30th. However, if you’ve not read the book but are intrigued by the film’s trailer, which you can watch here, or are interested in the cast and crew (directed by Tim Burton and starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, and Samuel L. Jackson), you’ll have plenty of time to finish Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and its two sequels before the film’s release.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Cat Winters’s In The Shadow of Blackbirds, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel, and Scott Westerfield’s Midnighters series.
Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train (2015)
Do you like twisty, psychologically-driven thrillers? If so, you’ll probably really enjoy Emily Blunt’s new movie, The Girl on the Train, which is coming out on October 7th. Watch the trailer here. But before you go see it, you should take some time to the read the book it’s based on, if you haven’t already done so! Paula Hawkins won a lot of critical acclaim–and sold a lot of books–with her debut novel about a woman’s mysterious disappearance.
Recommended for those who enjoy Gillan Flynn, Fiona Barton’s The Widow, and Sophie Hannah’s The Other Woman’s House.
J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2001)
If you’re a Harry Potter fan and don’t live under a rock, you know that a spinoff/prequel is due out this November, starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterson, and Colin Farrell. Though the text it’s based on isn’t a traditional novel–it’s a textbook used at Hogwarts–you can certainly read it or even reread it to refresh your memory about dragons, pixies, grindylows, and other magical creatures before the movie comes out.
Recommended, not too surprisingly, for Harry Potter fans.
Shūsaku Endō’s Silence (1969)
I don’t know about any of you, but I have been intrigued by the information I’ve heard about Martin Scorsese’s newest film, Silence, which has a limited release this November. I am a big Scorsese fan and, though the subject matter of Portuguese missionaries in 17th century Japan seemed a bit outside of his usual work, I thought that too sounded interesting. But I had no idea it was based on a book until I was researching this post, let alone a book that is widely considered one of the best in Japanese literature and one we have in our library.
Recommended for those who enjoy Graham Greene.
P.S. I can’t find a released trailer for this movie yet, but all of the press releases feature this picture of a pensive Liam Neeson, so I figured I might as well follow suit:
David Grann’s The Lost City of Z (2009)
If you prefer nonfiction in both your reading and movie-watching, you might instead consider David Grann’s The Lost City of Z. This nonfiction book chronicles the bizarre life of Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who is most famous for disappearing when he was searching for a supposedly lost South American city in the 1920s. The book has been adapted into a film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattinson that is slated for release later this year. Even though an exact date for its release has not been set, there is a trailer you can watch.
Recommended for those who enjoy Susan Orlean and Carl Hoffman.
Charles Martin’s The Mountain Between Us (2010)
If you really want to be ahead of the curve when it comes to reading books that are turned into movies, consider Charles Martin’s inspirational adventure romance The Mountain Between Us about two strangers who are drawn together in the wake of a plane crash that leaves them stranded in the middle of nowhere. As of right now, a film adaptation of it is in pre-production, with a cast list that seems to be revolving. Nevertheless, the movie is slated for release next year, so you’ll have plenty of time to read it before the movie is released.
Recommended for those who enjoy Nicholas Sparks, Karen Kingsbury, and Richard Paul Evans.
Michael Punke’s The Revenant (2015)
For the most part, I tried to stick with books that haven’t yet been turned into movies. However, I wanted to give a shout out to Michael Punke’s The Revenant since the movie is still fairly new. I think most people are aware that the movie is based on a real person–mountain man Hugh Glass–but they may not be aware that the film’s plot is more directly derived from Punke’s historical fiction novel. So, in addition to checking the Oscar-winning movie out, you should also pick the book up the next time you’re in the library.
Recommended for those who enjoyed Elmer Kelton’s Many A River, Charles Portis’s True Grit, and Dan Simmons’s The Terror.
What’s your favorite book/film adaptation combination? What upcoming book-to-film adaptation are you most excited for? Tell us all about it in the comments!