2017’s Top Book to Movie Adaptations
Films leave little to the imagination. It can be really exciting to see a novel’s world come to life on screen, but more often than not, it can make you think “Wait, that’s not how it happened in the book”. However, a movie’s ability to visually portray a story and add to it with music, actors, and special effects, can enhance what your imagination had already created. Truly powerful books translate into powerful movies, and turning a novel into a film can catapult it to new levels of success. Oscar winners such as Twelve Years a Slave, Argo, and Slumdog Millionaire were all based off books, and clearly they did an astounding job of bringing literature to life. So without further ado, be on the lookout for these books to hit the big screen!
Wonder, April 7th
Author: R.J. Palacio.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay
Wonder is the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy born with a facial deformity who has been homeschooled the majority of his childhood. When Auggie starts 5th grade at Beecher Prep, an elite cosmopolitan school, he becomes the target of bullying by some of his classmates. Despite facing adversity, Auggie pushes himself to prove to his peers that he’s a kid worth getting to know. His perseverance earns him the acceptance and respect of his classmates, and teaches them to look at people as a whole, instead of focusing on their appearance. Wonder spreads a message of kindness and compassion, proving to be an important read for children and parents alike.
You Might Also Like: Out of My Mind, Sharon Draper
Before I Fall, March 3rd
Author: Lauren Oliver.
Starring: Zoey Deutch.
Pretty and popular, Samantha Kingston and her clique of “mean girls” enjoy being at the top of Thomas Jefferson High’s social hierarchy. The list of things they care about is short: boys, partying, and money. After suffering a fatal car crash, Sam is forced to relive the day of her death everyday. This “Groundhog Day” scenario puts her life into perspective, and Sam begins to see the consequences of how her self-centered actions have affected the lives of her family, friends, and classmates. Although she struggles to redeem herself in this afterlife limbo, Sam realizes that her fate might be impossible to outrun.
You Might Also Like: If I stay, Gayle Forman
The Zookeeper’s Wife, March 31st
Author: Diane Ackerman.
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl.
Based on the nonfiction bestseller The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, this novel narrates the bravery of Antonina and Jan Żabiński, a Polish couple who attempt to save hundreds of Jews by sheltering them in the Warsaw Zoo. The Żabińskis start working for the Resistance, putting themselves and their children at risk to save the lives of those living in the Warsaw Ghetto. After her husband is taken hostage by the German soldiers, Antonina is forced to protect refugees on her own, and is in charge of doing everything in her power to help them survive their perilous situation.
You Might Also Like: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
The Lost City of Z, April 21st
Author: David Grann, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession.
Starring: Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson.
Grann’s non-fiction debut recounts the tale of Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who ventured into the heart of the Brazilian jungle in search of a mythical city he referred to as “Z,” a place that promised ancient ruins and buildings of gold and silver. In 1925, Fawcett, his son, and his friend Raleigh Rimell embark into the wilderness. They are never heard from again. By tracing Fawcett’s path into the jungle, David Grann seeks to solve the mystery of their disappearance.
You Might Also Like: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
The Mountain Between Us, October 20th
Author: Charles Martin.
Starring: Idris Elba, Kate Winslet.
After a horrific plane crash leaves them stranded in the High Uintas Wilderness, two strangers fight to survive the barren landscape. While relying on each other for survival, Dr. Ben Payne, a married surgeon, and Ashley Knox, an engaged journalist, begin to fall in love under the harshest of circumstances. Although Ben and Ashley feel guilt over the affair, their love for each other sustains them when nothing else can.
You Might Also Like: Z for Zachariah, Robert C. O’Brien
Everything, Everything, May 19th
Author: Nicola Yoon.
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson
Eighteen-year-old Madeline Whittier suffers from severe immunodeficiency, which causes her to be allergic to almost everything. Trapped inside all day, Madeline’s mom and nurse are her only company. When a boy named Olly and his family move in next door, Madeline is immediately intrigued by him. Their friendship starts with a simple message and evolves into much more as Olly shows Madeline what it means to be alive.
You Might Also Like: I’ll Give You the Sun, Jandy Nelson