13 Books to Read before They Come to Life on Screen

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Does originality matter in Hollywood? Not so; but what matters is that if you’re like us, who like to read the book before watching the movie, then read on! We have compiled a list of page-turners for you and see how they are brought to life later!

 

  1. Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow

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What it’s about: A popular manga series, later turned into an anime, is about a cyberterrorist hunter set in a futuristic Japan. If you’re sci-fi lover, this may be your cup of tea!

Who’s in the film: Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt

Hitting the theatres on the 31st of March, 2017

 

2. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

 

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What it’s about: A non-fiction piece written by the poet and naturalist, Diane Ackerman, gives an account of the unpublished diaries of Antonina Żabińska, telling how she and her husband saved 300 Jews who were imprisoned in the Warsaw Ghetto in the 1930s.

Who’s in the film: Jessica Chastain, Daniel Bruhl

Hitting the theatres on the 31st of March, 2017

 

3. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

 

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What it’s about: This children’s novel written by Raquel Jaramillo is about a young boy who has facial birth defects that cause his schoolmates to make fun of him. This book is told through multiple perspectives, allowing readers to learn how Auggie sees himself and how others see him.

Who’s in the film: Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay, Owen Wilson

Hitting the theatres on the 7th of April, 2017

 

4. The Lost City of Z by David Grann

 

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What it’s about: Based on the true story of Percy Fawcett, this book follows his journey of searching for an ancient city in Amazon which eventually leads to his disappearance in the jungle.

Who’s in the film: Robert Pattinson, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller

Hitting the theatres on the 14th of April, 2017 

 

5. The Circle by Dave Eggers

 

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What it’s about: This book narrates the life of a tech worker, Mae Holland, who works in a powerful Internet company. The experience is incredibly rewarding at first but as time goes by, things start to fall apart. Read this book if you’re a Sci-Fi lover!

Who’s in the film: Tom Hanks, Emma Watson (again, our fav!), Karen Gillan

Hitting the theatres on the 28th of April, 2017

 

6. The Dinner by Herman Koch

 

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What it’s about: This dark book discusses how far parents will go in order to protect their children. An innocent mealtime conversation between two pairs of parents: Paul, Claire (Paul’s wife) and his elder brother Serge, Babette (Serge’s wife) eventually unfolds into a conversation about their sons who are involved in a horrific act; and Paul, Claire, Serge and Babette have to do whatever they can to save their children.

Who’s in the film: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall

Hitting the theatres on the 5th of May, 2017

7. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

 

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What it’s about: This dark, twisted book is about Philip, who plots to revenge against his beautiful yet mysterious cousin, whom he believes has murdered his guardian. As the story unfolds, things get more complicated as Philip slowly finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms…

Who’s in the film: Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin

Hitting the theatres on the 14th of July, 2017

 

8. It by Stephen King

 

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What it’s about: A group of adults return to their hometown to discover more about a nightmare they had as teenagers, an evil without a name: It.

Who’s in the film: Bill Skarsgard, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher

Hitting the theatres on the 8th of September, 2017

 

9. The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

 

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What it’s about: When a plane crashed, there were two survivors but they were badly injured. Stranded, they were forced to trust each other in order to find safety in the deserted wilderness. This book isn’t merely about survival; it eventually unfolds into a love story.

Who’s in the film: Kate Winslet (Yay, Rose is back!), Idris Elba (Oh no, where’s Jack? :c)

Hitting the theatres on the 20th of October, 2017

 

10. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

 

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What it’s about: If you’re a crime fiction lover, then this book is definitely for you! Although it has been adapted into a movie before, this new interpretation, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is highly anticipated. This book is about a Belgian detective named Hercule Poirot, who investigates the murder of a wealthy American traveling on the Orient Express.

Who’s in the film: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz

Hitting the theatres on the 22nd of November, 2017

 

11. Let It Snow by John Green

 

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What it’s about: This YA fiction by John Green is a holiday-set anthology which connects three intertwining romantic tales.

Who’s in the film: TBA

Hitting the theatres on the 9th of December, 2017 (yay, Christmas month!)

 

12. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

 

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What it’s about: This book narrates Walls’ childhood with an alcoholic father and an artist mother and how it has affected her as a young adult. It was incredibly popular when it was first released in 2005.

Who’s in the film: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson

Hitting the theatres on a date to be announced.

 

13. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

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What it’s about: This historical fiction novel is inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, Andree de Jongh; it tells the story of two sisters on the eve of World War II in France and their struggle to survive and resist the German occupation of France.

Who’s in the film: TBA

Hitting the theatres on a date to be announced.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our compilation! Leave a comment down below on which is your most anticipated movie!

 

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By Kelvin Wong

 

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