Books becoming movies in 2015

It’s no secret that great books are the foundation for many great movies. The Hunger Games has been enthralling audiences for the past few years in theaters, much as it captured the minds of readers before. With movies about Alan Turing, Hobbits, Maze Runners, a woman who left, and considerably more – 2014 was a good year for movies made from books. 2015 is slated to be just as good (if not better), with a lot of titles to look forward to. Here are some of the movies we are getting ready to watch, along with their accompanying source material.


Paper Towns

Paper Towns

Paper Towns by John Green

Young Adult literature is often a source of very popular movies.  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was one of the top pieces of fiction last year, in both book and movie format. The YA superstar will soon be back in theaters with Paper Towns. You can find the full cast and film details on IMDB (here.) The book features mystery and romance, and I would expect that Green’s fans will enjoy this one.

 


Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Classics are periodically done, and each variation can offer new insights and style while telling tales we have all known for ages.  A cottage industry has sprung up around Pride and Prejudice and the 2006 film (find it here) did reasonably well. While books such as Mr. Darcy Presents His Bride By Helen Halstead have managed to keep the story fresh, this year the theatres will see a decidedly different take on the tale – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be in theatres soon. If Jane Austen couldn’t hold your interest before, will adding zombies into the mix help? It always was a brainy tale, so this just might work on the big screen.


Silence

Silence

Silence by Shusaku Endo 

It may not be the most well known book translated into English, but it’s soon going to get a tremendous boost in popularity. With the power of Martin Scorsese and Liam Neeson behind it, this might end up being a hit movie. The story follows a Portuguese missionary captured in 17th century Japan, who is forced to watch his followers be tortured with the promise that it will end if he renounces his religious beliefs. This is the one I am most looking forward to, it’s a great story and sure to be a great movie.


Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

If you peruse our collection, you’ll see a veritable mountain of works on the monster. If you want to see what we have, check it out here. If you’d rather see a new take on the old tale, and also happen to be a big fan of Daniel Radcliffe, 2015 has something for you. Victor Frankenstein (IMDB page here) will be telling the tale from Igor’s point of view. Personally, I’m quite curious to know what the assistant thought of all the events in his castle.


Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling 

If you always thought that the Jungle Book was good, but just needed more Bill Murray – you’re in luck. The classic story is coming back to theatres this year with a superb cast (check it out here.) While most are certainly aware of the story, if you’d like to check it out before it hits theatres look here.

 

 


In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nat Philbrick

There’s something about sea movies that captures my imagination. Whether it’s the idea of exploring the unknown world, or living with the camaraderie and danger, it’s a very interesting topic. This particular one has an added bit of intrigue as it  was a story that partially inspired the classic tale Moby Dick. Philbrick’s excellent writing will be brought to life soon, and reading this work will help bring the story to full life on the big screen.


There is a lot to look forward to in 2015, that’s for sure. I have included the movies based on books I’m looking forward to. If there are any that you’ve got pencilled on to your calendar, let us know by sharing a comment below. We love to hear what people in our community are into.  Happy new year, here’s to a great 2015!

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I have been at WPL since 2012. Currently I'm a librarian at the Central Library. My biggest literary interests are historical fiction and fantasy. I also enjoy my sports, and all that Windsor has to offer.

3 Responses to "Books becoming movies in 2015"

  1. Mary-Lou says:

    Hi Rob,

    I thought for those interested in the recent instalment of the Lord of the Rings series, we have an interesting display of fiction and non-fiction materials. The theme is Sword and Stone and has everything from Knights and Arthurian history, to dragons and the history of the middle ages, available for all ages.

  2. Carl Skiba says:

    Though not a theatrical release, don’t forget about The Book of Negroes broadcast on CBC-TV as a six-part mini-series. It begins Jan 7th. Here’s a link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/the-book-of-negroes-makes-tv-debut-wednesday-on-cbc-tv-1.2891161

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