Books To Read Before They Hit The Big Screen

Every year dozens of books are adapted into big budget movies. This year has already seen the release of many big screen adaptations, among them films based on Veronica Roth’s Divergent, Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. The number of books-to-films being released leads fans of both mediums to consider whether to read or watch first. Personally, I enjoy reading the book first: it allows me to go into the movie and see how the writers, directors, and actors interpret the source material, and whether they see the characters and events in the same way I do. Visit the Windsor Public Library to check out a copy of the following novels which have upcoming film versions to be released this year.


The Giver by Lois Lowry

This classic novel follows a twelve-year-old boy named Jonas. Set in an idyllic future society where emotional pain and war has been eliminated, Jonas is selected to inherit a prestigious position in which he will be a bearer of secret knowledge. However, the knowledge Jonas gains shatters his conception of the world he lives in. He must decide if he will remain within the safety of the community or if he will run away to pursue a life full of choice, differences, and knowledge. The film adaptation is coming out this August and will star Jeff Bridges (True Grit) and Maryl Streep (The Iron Lady).

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Thomas wakes up inside an elevator remembering nothing but his name. He is brought to a place called the Glade, a world of about 60 teen boys who have learned to survive in a completely enclosed area surrounded by a giant maze. The novel follows the efforts of Thomas to escape this environment and to learn more about the mysterious circumstances that led to his amnesia. The movie adaptation starring Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) is set to be released this September.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

A psychological tour-de-force, Flynn’s third novel follows Nick Dunne, a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Gone Girl is told from the alternating viewpoints of Nick and his spouse, Amy, whose conflicting perspectives reveal a series of revelations that ultimately lead to the novel’s dark conclusion. The film version will be directed by David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and will star Ben Affleck (Argo) and Rosamund Pike (World’s End). The movie will see release this October.

Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon

This novel follows Doc Sportello, a half-cocked private eye who is following a lead from his ex- girlfriend about a plot to kidnap her lover, a billionaire land developer. Set during the end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., Pynchon weaves an intricate tale that brings to life the druggy ambience of the era. This will mark the first time a work by the usually reclusive author has been adapted into a film. The movie will be directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master) and star Joaquin Pheonix (Her) and Josh Brolin (Labor Day). To be released in December.

All of these titles are available at the Windsor Public Library. Be sure to check these books out before they hit the big screen.


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