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Eight Books You Need To Read Before They Become Movies


Books about to be movies

One of the greatest joys in life is reading a good book. Another is the warm feeling of smugness from watching the movie based on the book and getting to say, “the book was better.” It might be too late to read The Revenant or The Heart of the Sea, but there is still time for the books below. Here are eight books that you should read before the movies comes out.  You’re welcome in advance for the heads-up.

MeBeforeYou 1. Me Before You JoJo Moyes

Release Date: March 4, 2016

To be honest, after I finished this novel I wasn’t clamoring to see the movie. As one Amazon reviewer writes, “My heart was not prepared for those kind of feels… *sigh*” Me Before You should not be consumed if you yourself are going through a difficult time. The movie will probably be too heavy. But, if you plan on seeing the movie, you might as well get all of the crying out of your system in the comfort of your own home. Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) plays the role of Louisa Clark. There will be fewer dragons and far less violence, but the same amount of entertainment.

MissPeregrines2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Release Date: December 25, 2016

In this young adult novel, the author used photographs from his personal collection of odd photos to help outline the plot of his story.   The images range from the bizarre to the down right frightening. The story follows a boy who is investigating his grandfather’s childhood. Using time travel and the help of the “peculiar children” the boy is able to solve the mystery of his grandfather’s death. You have more than a year to read this story. The best present you can give yourself (next year) is the joy of solving this mystery.

TalibanShuffle3. The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker

Release Date: March 4, 2016

You have eleven weeks to read Barker’s book that makes the War in Afghanistan entertaining and amusing. (If that is possible) In the memoir, Barker talks about how difficult reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan can be. This novel is also on my to-do list. Let’s meet back here in March before we watch the movie, re-titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and discuss if we liked the book.

For more of an incentive, Margo Robie and Tine Fey are cast in the movie.

ThePsycho4.The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Release Date: In Development

You have plenty of time to get this book read. Feel free to bury it at the bottom of your reading list. But, don’t forget about it! Ronson’s non-fiction book about the characteristics of a psychopath is delightful and intriguing to read. (Especially if you don’t consider yourself a psychopath.) Scarlett Johansson is expected to play the lead in this adaption of the non-fiction book.

I’m somewhat leery of adaptations of these types of books. He’s Just Not That Into You felt like they just borrowed the title and bits of the subject matter. These types of movies are not worthy of a “Book Turned Into Movie List.” (This is exactly why How To Be Single is not on the list.) We have some self-respect. The Psychopath Test is the exception that proves the rule. From what I can piece together on the Internet the writers plan on turning one of the anecdotal stories from the book into the plot of this thriller movie. Throw in Scarlett Johansson and I’m officially okay with the adaptation.

Wheredyougo5.Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Release Date: In Development

This novel is a hodgepodge of emails, lists and memos that piece together the mystery of the missing Bernadette. Richard Linklater is rumored to be the director of this movie with Cate Blanchett as the star. I look forward to seeing this book on screen. Bernadette was an interesting character that would translate well onto the screen. She is an anxious architect with a definite sense of style, exactly what I want from fictional character.


1126636. 11.22.63 by Stephen King

Release Date: 02.15.16

There are nine weeks until this Hulu mini-series will debut. You will need at lease one solid week to read all 880 pages of this book. In the book, Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963. There are many obstacles in the way of completing this plan. He must begin his journey in 1958 and live through five years of the past to get to this historic moment in time. Time is also stubborn and doesn’t want the past to change. The satisfaction of finishing the book is almost as rewarding as actually reading the story.

Side note: Why doesn’t Hulu wait until November 22nd to release this series? Does it make too much sense?

 eleanor7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: In Pre-Production

Set in the most unflattering of all the decades, the late 1980s, two outcast teens fall in love. One is a redhead and the other is nerdy. Initially, this might seem like a Pretty in Pink reboot, but both Eleanor & Park are much more than just outcasts. The author is adamant that when they cast the movie that they stay true to the descriptions. Eleanor has to be fuller figured and Park has to be half Korean. The plan is to cast unknown actors. I look forward to seeing if what my mind’s eye pictured of the characters is actually what appears onscreen.

woods8.In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Release Date: In Development

This book was recommended to me because it was “similar to Gone Girl.” In this thriller, a hen party, located in a cabin in the woods, goes awry. The unique setting, the unreliable narrator and the British accents should all combine to make the perfect film.  Reese Witherspoon’s name is also connected to this movie. Let’s hope that it is more of a Wild and less of a Water for Elephants.

 Here’s hoping the smugness of the phrase “the book was better than the movie” keeps you warm this winter.

Article written by Megan Suttles

I can't decide if I want to use this space to be witty or insightful. I guess it will be neither.