I must admit, I’m not much of a movie person. Committing 2 hours of my time to the unknown isn’t my idea of a good time and Rich, an avid cinema lover, has a hard time convincing me to watch films outside of my comfort zone. That said, I love watching adaptations of books on the big screen but like many book lovers, I have a strict rule about reading the book before I watch the film and there are a number of amazing sounding Book-to-Movie adaptations coming out this year (and so many that have already been released.) I thought I’d buy and round up a few of the books that have already been released as movies in 2018; it gives me scope to then review the book and the movie once I’ve read and watched it!
A Wrinkle in Timeby Madeleine L’Engle is a book that I planned on reading to my Year 4 English group as a guided reading text, but I never got around to doing it. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book – and consequently the film- and I can’t wait to get stuck into it and see what the fuss is all about. The story, from what I’ve gathered, follows a young girl called Meg who is troublesome and intriguing; her scientist father mysteriously disappeared whilst investigating a new scientific concept. I don’t know much more than that but I am really excited to get stuck into this book: it’s definitely the first book on this list that I’m going to delve into.
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorianwas released on March 9thof this year. I must admit that it’s not a book I’ve ever heard of but now that I have, I’m more than excited to read it. The concept of the book – a couple, one suffering from cancer, the other having Alzheimers, decide to escape their doctors and have one last road-trip together- reminds me a little of the Notebook in the sense that I know full-well that it’s going to be a tearjerker. The film stars Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren so I have high expectations for both!
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan is the next book on my exceedingly exciting list.First, I’m going to point out when I started planning this blog post and added the books to my Amazon basket ready for a cheeky payday purchase, this book was £8. When I went back to buy the book, it was £3.99 so it just goes to show that good things come to those who wait. I absolutely love Ian McEwan- I loved Atonement, I loved The Children Act and I’m really hoping I love On Chesil Beach, which I believe focuses on a couple on their wedding night and the events that follow. It all sounds incredibly intriguing and because of the time it was set (the 1960s) I imagine there’s much more to it than meets the eye.
If there’s one book that I feel like everyone in the world except me has read it’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I am yet to see the film – renamed Love, Simon, although I’ll be sure to buy the DVD as soon as it is released. The story is a twist on a coming out story – Simon is sophisticated, intelligent and emails back and forth with an unknown characer referred to as ‘blue’- who is yet to come out to the world with regards to their sexuality. I’m a lover of YA and intrigued as to why this book has made such a name for itself.
Are you a lover of Book-to-Movie adaptations? Which ones are your favourites? Any complete stinkers? Let me know!