If you’ve known me or followed this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m a big fan of book to movie adaptations. Of-course I always prefer to read the book first (unless I plan to skip it – which is rare), and more often than not, I find the book better than the movie. But I still try to catch as many adaptations as I can, in hopes of finding a movie I love as much as the book.
Which is why I like to stay on top of the book to movie adaptations that are coming out every year, so in case I haven’t read the book, I still have time to get to it before the movie releases. And this year I thought I’d share my list with all of you as well, so in case any of these stories interest you, you too can plan to read the book (if you haven’t already) before the movie comes out.
Of-course this is not an exhaustive list. These are just some movies based on books I’ve either already read/plan to read before the movie comes out, listed according to their release date.
1. Fifty Shades Freed (Feb 9)
Does this book/series need any introduction? I guess not. But if by some miracle, you haven’t heard of this series, you can check out my review here. As far as this particular book is concerned, it’s the third, and final one in the trilogy, not to mention the most pointless one. So I really don’t have high hopes from the movie, which will also be (hopefully) the final one in the series.
I mean technically it has to be the last one, because it is based on the final book of the trilogy, but knowing the author’s tendencies to milk this series as much as she possibly can, one can never be too sure. Either way, if you have been waiting for the concluding part of the story to unfold on screen, it’s coming out on Feb 9.
2. A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)
This is a book I want to read before the movie comes out, because on paper this sounds like something that will be right up my alley. It follows the life of a girl called Meg Murray, who seems to have the perfect family, until her father mysteriously vanishes into the unknown. And now only Meg, her brother, and her best friend can find him, and maybe save the universe along the way. No pressure or anything, right?
I really enjoy science fiction, and time travel is one of my absolute favorite themes. However, this book has mixed reviews, and there are 2 more book adaptations releasing in March, which are higher on my priority list (not to mention the bazillion books I have to read and review before that), so I am not sure if I will be able to get to this book, but I sure as hell will try to. So many books, so little time. Sigh.
3. Love, Simon (March 16)
Speaking of books that are high on my priority list, I have wanted to read Simon and The Homo Sapiens Agenda (the book Love, Simon is based on) from the very first time I heard about it, but I had to keep putting it off for one reason or the other. Which is why I can’t even tell you how glad I am that it’s getting adapted to a movie, and I cannot put it off any longer. Strange are the ways of the human mind, no?
Anyway, the story revolves around this guy Simon (well duh) who is not-so-openly gay, and has so far managed to keep it that way. That is until an email falls into the wrong hands, and his secret is in danger of being dragged into the spotlight. What makes this situation worse is that the privacy of Blue (pseudonym of the guy he has a crush on, and has been flirting over email) is also threatened by the expose. So now change-averse Simon has to find out a way to step out of his comfort zone, before he is pushed out, without endangering everything and everyone he has ever cared about.
A love story, and a mystery to solve (to uncover the true identity of Blue) = win-win for me. I simply cannot wait to read it!
4. Ready Player One (March 30)
I first found out about this book when I was researching books set in the future for the Bookish Bingo Challenge I had undertaken in 2016. And at that point all I knew was that this book was set in the future (2044), and it involved some kind of a virtual reality game called Oasis, which to be honest, I did not completely understand, except that it seemed to be pretty high stakes, and winning required knowledge of pop culture trivia from the 1980s. Yeah, go figure!
That’s pretty much all I know even now, except that now I’ve seen the trailer, and it has intrigued me enough to stop procrastinating, and finally pick up the book before I see the movie, both of which promise to be pretty amazing.
5. Where’d You Go Bernadette (May 11)
This is one book I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. Not only has it been on my TBR for a long long time, but I have also checked it out of the library twice now. And yet, every single time I return it unread, because I have either been unrealistic and checked out way too many books at a time or been unrealistic and checked out way too many books at a time. Yes, it’s a problem, what else can I say?
Anyway, for the uninitiated, the plot of this book revolves around an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette, who goes missing right before a family trip to Antarctica, and the story is narrated by her 15 year-old daughter Bee as she tries to find out where her mother went.
It claims to be a hilarious and compulsively readable novel about misplaced genius, and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world. And I have to say that I’m hooked, because the premise sounds really interesting and fresh (at-least to me), as I’ve never read anything like this, so clearly I can’t wait to read the book before I see the movie.
Book Link: Where’d You Go Bernadette | Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
6. Crazy Rich Asians (August 11)
Unlike all the books I mentioned above, that have been on my TBR for ages, this one I only came across recently. Actually it wasn’t even this book. My Goodreads timeline was flooded with people raving about Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, only to find out that it was the 3rd book in a series, and Book #1 in that series is Crazy Rich Asians.
Now I am not entirely sure how connected the three books are, but it doesn’t even matter, because when it comes to a series (any kind of a series, even companion books) I just have to start with the first one. So I checked this book out, and as I read the blurb I realized that I’ve very rarely (if ever) read about Chinese main characters, and definitely not in an Asian setting, so this was an absolute must read.
I read that the author’s main intention in writing this novel was to introduce a contemporary Asia to a North American audience, and I don’t know about you, but it’s just the kind of thing I’d like to explore. So this is one book (and series) that I’m definitely going to check out before I see the movie.
Book Link: Crazy Rich Asians | Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
7. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)
This movie is the second installment in the series of films based on the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is a companion novel to the Harry Potter book series.
Let’s face it, with these books and movies I simply have to read them/watch them. I don’t even have a choice in the matter. These decisions have been already made for me (by past me, when she first read the Harry Potter books). So it’s only really about waiting not-so-patiently till release day.
Book Link: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them | Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
8. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
This book has been on my radar for a long time, because the premise was unique, and the reviews were great. However, I put off reading it because I knew this was going to be a trilogy, and I wanted to wait till all the books were out. And they are all out now, plus the first book is getting adapted to screen, so it’s really perfect timing for me to finally start the series.
For those who haven’t yet heard of this book/series – it’s about this girl Lara Jean, who wrote love letters to every guy she had a crush on, but never actually mailed these letters to the guys, as they were meant to be for her eyes only. Which is also why she never felt the need to hold back at all, and wrote every single thought and fantasy she had about her crushes. However, as luck would have it, one fine day all these letters get accidentally posted, to all the 5 guys, all at once.
Sounds super interesting, right? I mean for the readers, I am sure it’s like a major disaster for her. Anyway I am definitely going to be reading this series, and checking out the movie when it releases (which by the way, the release date is not yet out, I’ll update this post when it’s announced).
Book Link: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before | Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
So a few years back, this book kept popping up on my Goodreads timeline, and all the reviews I saw were mostly positive, which naturally triggered my curiosity enough to look it up. The story seemed to revolve around this self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson, who had always been extremely comfortable in her own skin (in-spite of all the extra weight she felt like she was carrying around). That is until she came across this really good looking guy Bo, who she took an instant liking to, and who seemed to like her back.
Now this relationship should have been great for her, and provided validation for her self assurance, but for some reason it had the exact opposite effect and she began to doubt herself. So much so that she felt the need to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she could imagine: enter a beauty pageant (along with several other unlikely candidates) to show the world that she deserved to be up there as much as any twiggy girl did.
The underlying message seemed to be about body positivity, so I was definitely interested in checking it out back then, however other books came along, and I forgot about this one. But now that it is being made into a movie, I definitely want to read the book first. However I think I will wait for the release date to be announced, and time the read close to the release.
Book Link: Dumplin| Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
10. Fahrenheit 451
This was another book (like Ready Player One) that I only came across while I was researching books that fit into certain categories in the Bookish Bingo, and this was also a contender for the same category as Ready Player One – books set in the future.
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel, set in a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found (interesting definition of firemen, no?). The book’s tagline explains the title – Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.
As a book lover/hoarder, I found the premise shocking yet also really intriguing, so I definitely wanted to read it, but again, there were just so many books to be read that this one slipped through the cracks and I never got around to actually picking it up. Anyway, since the movie is coming out now, I am sure that I will get to it before then, so all is well.
Book Link: Fahrenheit 451 | Movie Trailer (Not out yet)
That’s all from my end folks. I would love to hear from you. Have you read any of these books? Which movies are you the most eager to check out? Are there any movies that I’ve missed listing out here, that you are really looking forward to? Do share!
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