Being a book geek, it’ll be no surprise to learn I’m a strict ‘Won’t watch a movie ’til I’ve read the book’ kinda girl. I believe bypassing a book for the blockbuster is well… sacrilege frankly. Take the recent roll-call of best-selling books to the big screen: Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Me Before You were all enjoyable enough, but didn’t come close to scaling the heights of their literary originals. I still get excited about seeing a beloved book adapted to the big screen though; there’s a special sense of nostalgia and easy familiarity that comes with them – like meeting up with someone you haven’t seen for years.
3 fiction-to-film ‘friends’ I’ll be booking tickets for this year:
An example of when ‘YA’ should stand for ‘You All should read it’, this powerful story of Auggie Pullman, a 10 year old child with a facial deformity and his struggles to transition from home-school to middle school contains human lessons for kids and adults alike. The film is released in April with Jacob Tremblat from Room as Auggie and Julia Roberts starring as his mother.
Two strangers board a single charter flight only for the plane to crash when the pilot suffers a heart attack. A romantic page-turner about love in adversity; the power casting of Kate Winslet and Idris Elba could make this a rare ‘better than the book’ hit when it’s released in October.
Another must-read YA novel. Violet Markey is grieving after losing her sister and Theodore Finch suffers from severe mental illness: together their romance might just save them both. Starring Elle Fanning, a contender for 2017’s The Fault in Our Stars.
…and 3 classics coming soon to the cinema
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
Rachel Weisz stars with Sam Claflin playing the young Philip in Du Maurier’s dark tale of a young man’s infatuation with his mysterious cousin. Out in April.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
This remake, released in November, is directed by and stars Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot. It has a ‘killer’ cast including Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Penelope Cruz.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s 1963 novel about college student Esther Greenwood’s descent into depression stars Dakota Fanning and is directed by Kirsten Dunst. Out early next year.