Although I don’t get the chance to watch as many movies as I once did, particularly when they first come out, I still tend to keep an eye on upcoming releases. Especially when they relate to books which I have read and enjoyed.
I am, unfortunately some might say (and I’m looking at you James…), one of those book loving people who has to have read a book before they will watch the film version. Just so I can point out all the inaccuracies and changes and if I find out that I’ve inadvertently watched a film without first reading the book, well…that’s just the worst feeling.
So this year, I have been eagerly anticipating the following book to movie adaptations and I can’t wait to see how they have been done:-
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
I know this has already been released and I have it on good authority that the film is amazing. I finished the book last month and haven’t made it to the cinema yet so this will probably be one I watch when it is released on Blu-ray but it looks fantastic and the trailer just gives me all the tingles…
The Circle – Dave Eggers
This was a book I picked up after watching the trailer and realising Emma Watson and Tom Hanks were both in the film. It’s not the type of book I would usually read, I think it might actually be my first ever techno-thriller and although I thought the ending of the book was a little flat, I’m interested to see how they have taken the story and translated it into movie format as I think the writing lent itself particularly well to a screenplay.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
This is apparently set to be released in 2018 and will star Lily James. I adored this book, not only for its quirky writing style which is epistolary but because it is based on true events which took place during the Second World War.
Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys
This is another World War Two book and it has been one of my favourite books of the year so far even though it’s such a hard hitting and harrowing story. I think it might be one to watch at home so I don’t have to leave the cinema with tear tracks on my face!
And finally, a book to movie adaptation I can’t help but mention even though I haven’t decided whether I will be able to bring myself to watch it yet. The book literally had me in pieces so I can’t even begin to imagine how it will be when everything is laid out visually and just right there for me to see. I am of course talking about…
The Shack – William P Young
This really challenged the way I thought about so much and I read it before I had children and it still wrecked me so watching it now as a parent is going to be really tough I think! Yet watching the trailer does make me want to watch the film, especially as I absolutely love Octavia Spencer.
Are there any book to movie adaptations you are looking forward to or ones you would recommend?
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