This Top Ten Tuesday was a bit open ended, challenging bloggers to find ‘Ten Books for X’. Getting in the holiday spirit myself, I’ve compiled ten books you can give as gifts for the movie lover in your life- be it a relation who adheres to reading the book before the movie, or just a cinema goer with casual interest. All ten either have a confirmed release sate of 2017 or 2018, or probable reasons tp believe they’ll be released in those years. No IMDB limbo here! These books are also reasonably popular in print form, and have enough of a fan base to ensure they’ll head to a theatre near you. Give your loved one an opportunity to be the coolest hipster on the block, reading the book ‘before it was cool’.
Before I Fall– April 7, 2017
I read Before I Fall way back in 2012, propelling Lauren Oliver to the top of my ‘favorite author’ list and solidifying my love for contemporaries. At the time I was so excited by the prospect of a movie adaptation, but had yet to experience the realities of IMDB limbo. However this NYT bestseller now has a release date and trailer! I wasn’t entirely sold by the latter (it’s very much in the vein of If I Stay), but I guarantee you any teen girl will want to read the source material that inspired this wannabe TFIOS. And with April mere months away, might as well put this one under the Christmas tree! Even if the movie does veer into the territory of melodramatics, rest assured you’re giving a book that’s entertaining, heartfelt, endearing, and always thought provoking. If nothing else, you’re opening a door to potentially discover leagues of great stories penned by Oliver.
Wonder– April 7, 2017
R.J. Palacio’s Wonder tore up the middle grade fiction scene years ago, and within good reason. This story is excellent, with both children and adults (as well as numerous awards) testifying to that fact. And now it’s going to be a movie, set to be directed by Perks of Being a Wallflower’s Stephen Chbosky. No trailer is available as of now, but numerous photos have been released showing stars Owen Wilson, Julia Roberts, and Jacob Tremblay in action. Though this story, with its message of kindness and understanding, would be perfect to watch during the Christmas season, it’s set to release on April 7, 2017. However that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love with Auggie ahead of time, and unwrapping Wonder this Christmas is a good place to start. It truly does exemplify the ‘reason for the season’, and you’d be hardpressed to find a young bookworm who isn’t obsessed. The only flaw in this plan? You still have to way four months for the movie.
A Wrinkle in Time– April 6, 2018
Though I’m no stranger to Madeleine L’Engle’s work, I’ve never read A Wrinkle in Time. Thankfully, it doesn’t release until April 6, 2018 giving me (and you) plenty of time to get on that. But the early bird gets the worm, and what better time to read this children’s staple than Christmas? It would be a great tradition to read yearly this holiday season, bringing the close knit Murray family into your home. In any event, you’ll definitely want to read this one twice, as the star studded cast has made repeat mentions of the detail they intend to pack on the screen. And who could doubt Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and director Ava DuVernay (the force behind critically acclaimed Selma)? As an added piece of info, DuVernay will be the first black woman to direct a movie with a budget over $100 million. I can’t see how this adaptation will be anything short of excellent, restoring our faith in Disney after the flop that was The BFG.
It– September 8, 2017
Fueled, no doubt, by the recent clown hysteria sweeping America, I’m nevertheless excited to see what a new adaptation of It looks like- 27 years after the original flick premiered. News of this movie has been hard to come by, with few pictures being released and even scarcer info on the film’s direction. In fact, I didn’t even know this project was in the works until researching for this post. But looking on the bright side, this gives anyone who has yet to read the book an opportunity too, without being influenced by other’s interpretation. And this a story best read in that manner, with 1,138 pages hell bent on scaring the daylights out of you. All this considered, I would strongly encourage a potential reader to tackle it this Christmas. At least that way, while visiting all you relatives, you can guarantee Pennywise isn’t the scariest thing in your life.
Ashes in the Snow (Between Shades of Gray)
The award winning Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys is hitting the screen in 2017, now under the name Ashes in the Snow. I’m so thrilled one of my favorite historical fiction novels gets an adaptation, now if only a trailer or release date could be locked down! But fortunately, I do have proof this project is actually happening, with a full cast list being supplied and frequent tweets by Sepetys herself discussing shooting. Personally, I wish I had the foresight to read this one over the Christmas season, as the resounding message of hope could never be more needed. It’s present on every page, and is sure to open your heart. For that exact reason I’m contemplating a reread (which I never do), over my weeks off from school. I strongly encourage you to do the same, and spread the word about this amazing story headed for the theater.
The Glass Castle
For a long time Jennifer Lawrence was attached to this project, said to be portraying Jeneatte Walls. She’s since cut ties, but been replaced by one of my favorite actresses; Brie Larson, of Room notoriety. Joining her is Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, as Walls parents. Filming began in May of this year, so we should be looking at a release date sometime in 2017, though it has yet to be confirmed. This one is on my December TBR, and I’m extremely curious to see what direction the story takes. An even greater point of interest is how director Destin Daniel Cretton will adapt this story to the screen, possibly following in the vein of similar memoirs such as Girl, Interrupted and Running with Scissors. Though Walls story is one often riddled with hardship and hurdles, she tackles them with resounding perseverance. It’s an inspiring testament to the human spirit, and a movie bound for award season success. Read it this Christmas alongside me!
Ready Player One– March 30, 2018
Ready Player One is frequently laureled as one of the most complex and thought provoking novels to come out of 2011. I’ve also never read it. Let this upcoming adaptation (directed, no less, by Steven Spielberg) spur me into action. Though I have more than a year to move it from “to be read” to “read”, I’m genuinely so excited to see what the hype surrounding this one is all about. Many of my favorite reviewers comment on the sheer amount of detail author Ernest Cline packs into his world, so I’ll definitely need to be prepared to think on my feet. And what better time for that than a break from school when, instead of immersing yourself in textbooks and papers, you can focus on the fun stuff- books. I can hardly think of a better plan, and hope to see some other bookworms joining me in preparation for the (potential) blockbuster.
My Friend Dahmer
My Friend Dahmer, as the name implies, is hardly the stuff of fluffy Christmas fare. It’s also crazy good, and well worth the read. So even if you’re not snuggling down with this one come December 25, it might be a good idea to put to use all those gift cards and purchase it yourself 🙂 I never would have guessed this graphic novel would be optioned for the silver screen, but you best believe it; this exciting project is going full steam ahead. Even more interesting? Disney’s heart throb Ross Lynch has been cast in the titular role of Dahmer. Rolling Stones did a great article on the decision that I’ll link here, but in the mean time let me just say I think this will be one for the history books. Much like the novel, author Derf Backderf intends for the movie to be melancholy and unsettling, hardly a slasher flick like one would expect. All this combined and you’re not going to want to miss this one.
The Darkest Minds and Everything, Everything
Though these are two very, very, VERY different stories, both book to movie adaptations are set to star Amandla Stenberg (forever in my heart as The Hunger Games Rue). The Darkest Minds, which I have yet to read, has been stuck in flux for a long time, with Wayward Pines creator Chad Hodge optioned to direct years ago, but only recently securing a lead in Stenberg. This makes me not so optimistic in the efficiency of the process, but hey; baby steps. Conversely, Stenberg is also confirmed to be the star of the uber cheese fest romantic contemporary, Everything, Everything. Her love interest is set to be Nick Robinson, whom I’ve never heard of but hopefully has dark swoopy bangs and the quirky hipster persona locked down. I’d imagine Alloy Entertainment wants this to be a summer blockbuster in the vein of TFIOS or Me Before You, so expect a mid 2017 or 2018 release date.
The Circle– April 28, 2017
The only non YA book to land on this list, and the one I’m perhaps most excited for, Dave Eggers The Circle is set up to be a hundred different kinds of wonderful. It stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, in an alternate reality-esque drama eerily similar to our own world. No trailer has been released as of late, but expect one soon in the coming weeks. Hopefully by that point I’ve finished the book, and thus feel justified in having a fan girl moment about its impending release. Similar to my reasoning with Ready Player One, I just think this would be the perfect read to unwind with, while still getting fruit for thought. I also expect this movie to be one of the most buzzed about spring releases, and the book to go up accordingly in popularity. If there’s any millennial in your life (or relation whose a frequent at the theater) this Christmas gift will be much anticipated when The Circle hits screens.
What book to movie adaptations 2017/2018/TBA are you most excited for? Are you giving any of the source books away as gifts this holiday season? Let me know in the comments!