Wednesday 2 March 2016

I don't want to be one of those "the book was soooo much better than the movie" kinda people, but recently I have found some joy in reading books before seeing their adaptations. It's great to see what you've created in your head come to life and to join in in the whole "omg that actor so doesn't look like the Patrick I pictured in my head" conversation. Here are some books turned films I've already read as well as some I'm meaning to do so soon and see if any of them take you fancy!

1. Room by Emma Donoghue

If you've read my previous blog posts, you've seen me go on about this movie, I found it so good that I went and bought the book too, So I guess I'm doing this the other way round. Room is a novel telling the story is told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy, Jack, who is being held captive in a small room along with his mother, who then escape and are released into the real word. The movie stars Oscar winner Brie Larson.

In Cinemas: NOW!

2. The Girl On The Train

Emily Blunt is due to star is the adaptation of this tense thriller following Rachel, a washed up alcoholic divorcee who becomes obsessed with a couple she see's on her daily commute, and becomes embroiled in the case when the wife suddenly goes missing.

In Cinemas: October 2016

3. Me Before You

I've just started reading this book and I'm loving it already. It centres around a girl who has been made redundant and when looking for work, she begins taking care of a recently paralyzed man. (Hint, it's a love story). The movie is set to star Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke and Hunger Games' Sam Clafflin. 

In Cinemas: 3rd June 2016

4. The Choice

The latest installment from Nicholas Sparks. You can expect this to be pretty much like all of his other books, a love story with some sort of twist. In a small coastal town, Travis Parker has almost everything he could wish. He loves his job, he gets to hang with long-time friends, and he enjoys water sports, motorcycling, and travel. All in all, it's a good life. Everything he knows is thrown off-kilter when he meets his new neighbor, Gabby Holland, who happens to be in a relationship with another man. The movie stars Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer.

In Cinemas: 4th March 2016

5. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

This creepy YA novel is bound to make an even creepier movie. Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield and Judi Dench, and being directed by Tim Burton, the story follows Jacob, a teenager who has been deeply troubled ever since witnessing the terrifying murder, seemingly by a supernatural creature, of his grandfather.

Obsessed with finding out the truth about his Grandfather's past, Jacob travels to the Orphanage where he grew up to find out why his Grandfather died, and if all of the fantastical stories he told him growing up are actually true.

In Cinemas: December 2016 

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Written by the same author that brought us Gone Girl, the story is told by Libby Day, the novel's narrator and protagonist. She is the sole survivor of a massacre in Kinnakee, Kansas, a fictional rural town. After witnessing the murders of her two sisters and mother, in what appears to be a Satanic cult ritual, she escapes through a window and later testifies in court against her teenage brother. Twenty-five years after the massacre, Libby, in need of money, meets with a group of amateur investigators who believe that her brother is innocent of the crime. The book is filled with twists and keeps you filled with suspense from start to finish. The movie stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz and Nicholas Holt.

In Cinemas: It never made it there, so you'll have to watch it online. 

7. Eleanor & Park

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried.Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose. Set over the course of one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is funny, sad, shocking and true - an exquisite nostalgia trip for anyone who has never forgotten their first love.

In Cinemas: TBA

8. The Longest Ride

The second Nicholas Sparks book to make the list, and is also the only Sparks book I have actually read. Set in North Carolina, “The Longest Ride’’ weaves together two love stories. The first is that of 91-year-old Ira Levinson and his wife, Ruth. We meet Ira, who is severely injured and trapped in his car after it careens over a guardrail and lands at the bottom of an embankment. The other story revolves around the budding romance of Sophia Danko, a Wake Forest University art history major, and Luke Collins, rancher and champion bull rider. But Luke has a secret that could spell the end of their relationship — and his life. Ultimately the two love stories intertwine.

I loved this book and was so interested in Ira and Ruth's love story and what relationships were like back in the 60's.

In Cinemas: April 2015 - So you can stream it online! 

9. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K Rowling

This one's for all you Harry Potter fans as Rowling revisits the Harry Potter universe in this book about Newt Scamander, who "wrote" the textbook that Potter and his classmates would study. The movie is set to star Eddie Redmayne.

In Cinemas: 18th November 2016

10.  Looking For Alaska by John Green

If you were a fan of The Fault In Our Stars, then this will be one for you. Written by the same author, Looking For Alaska is probably the darkest of his novels. Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed-up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again. The cast and release date is still yet to be announced. 

In Cinemas: TBA 

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