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Does anyone else enjoy book to movie adaptations? We’ve all heard the arguments about how the book is always better. That may very well be true, I’m not going to get into that today.
I am going to talk to you about something just as awkward. It has to do with my most shameful bookish secret. Believe it or not, it has nothing to do with the content of the books I tend to read.
So, do you want to know my most shameful secret? Of course, you do. My to watch list on IMDB is longer than my to read list on Goodreads.
In fact, one of my favorite past times is sleeping through the latest and greatest movies. A little tip for others who like doing the same, if you read the book you know what happened in the movie. Which means when you don’t want to admit to falling asleep halfway or five minutes in you know enough of the plot to suggest you were paying attention the whole time. Just don’t snore! You can’t lie your way out of that one.
Now that we’ve gotten to know each other a bit, I think it’s time I shared my list of books being turned into movies in 2019. There are several awesome books that should be gracing the screen soon, but the dates are still TBA, so check back often to see what has been added.
Book to Movie Adaptations Gracing the Screen in 2019
Pets are such an important part of a persons life. The therapeutic benefits of an animal’s unconditional love and acceptance has been well documented. The book seems to paint an accurate picture of the experience of veterans and animals. One of the things I most appreciated about this book is that Bella was a mixed breed dog but labeled a pit bull. This was an emotional read and I’m sure it will be just as moving to watch.
This beautiful story takes us back to 1941. We’re told the story of a 16 year old girl and her family who experienced a much different side of WWII than we’re taught about in high school, that of displaced Europeans. As a book, Between Shades of Gray, told a story that changed the way I looked at people and I can only hope the movie will do the same.
Based on: The Rhythm Section (Stephanie Patrick #1) by Mark Burnell
If it stays through to the book, this thriller promises to have you biting your nails and sitting on the edge of your seat. This is a story of grief and revenge. It is a reminder of how easily and needlessly life can change and the lengths a person will go when pushed to their absolute breaking point. Boasting a star-studded line up including Blake Lively and Jude Law, this is a movie I can’t wait to see.
Based on: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Todd Hewitt lives on the distant planet of New World – a new hope for humanity until struck by The Noise, a virus which inflicts immersive visions of ones’ every thought. The cacophony drives many mad until Todd makes a hidden, silent discovery: there is a girl named Viola, who may be the key to unlocking New World’s many layered secrets. Together, the two unlikely companions are forced on a white-knuckle adventure into an unexplored planet – trying to escape and hide in an environment where all thought is heard, all movement seen – as they both discover the truth about the lives they left behind and the spectacular world they’ve learned to call home. Read More
Based on: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
With amazing characters and antics that are bound to have you laughing out loud, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to this one. This was the heartwarming and entertaining story of a family in crisis. It will make you laugh as well as cry. It’s a unique story that deals with agoraphobia and a family trip to Antarctica, not a plot I’ve seen before.
No doubt this movie will lead to ugly crying. Bring tissues.
Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old…she’s attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control — all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Read More
Based on: The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South by Osha Gray Davidson
THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever. Read More
I watch every Stephen King movie I possibly can, but I’ve never read one of his books. Odd, right? Anyway, this tale features a picture perfect family right down to the adorable kitty cat. But, the woods near their home has a chilling secret. Make a blanket fort and settle in for a terrifying night, this promises to be a winner.
This is a childhood classic, set on the South Australian coast. It’s the heartwarming tale of the bond between a boy and a pelican. This is a heart-wrenching tale that is bound to leave anyone a bit emotional. This movie is based on a picture book, which isn’t something I would normally read, but my goodness, I had all sorts of feelings as I made my way through the pages.
Based on: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Somewhere in a box in my basement sits an original copy of this book. I remember the terrifying imagery on the pages making each story that much scarier. The images in some more recent editions of this book have been sanitized a bit to make the content more suitable for children. I’m actually super curious to see if this movie will be true to the original.
AFTER follows Tessa (Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life. Read More
THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. Read More
The family film told from the dog’s perspective serves as the much-anticipated follow-up to the soulful story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet–and fall for each other–over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love? With just hours left on the clock in what looks to be her last day in the U.S., Natasha is fighting against her family’s deportation as fiercely as she’s fighting her budding feelings for Daniel, who is working just as hard to convince her they are destined to be together. Read More
Based on: Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime
This non-fiction book provides a great deal of insight into the mechanical/ technical aspects of the auto industry. However, my favorite part was the glimpses into the personal lives of Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. I love learning about people and this was especially enlightening, as much as I getting the inside scoop on the personal lives of famous people, I would have never considered looking into anyone in the auto industry.
Artemis Fowl II, twelve years old, millionaire, genius and criminal mastermind. This probably isn’t a book I would normally be drawn to but, I have several 8 to 13-year-old nieces and nephews who love this series and I can certainly see the appeal. I know a lot of young people are eagerly awaiting this release.
I’m sure everyone watched the last rendering in 2017. It was scary, to me anyway. We know the clown comes back every 27 years. This movie takes us back to the characters 27 years later. I can’t wait to see what happens this time.
Based on: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Here we have another movie based on a book about a dog although this one seems different from the others. You see, this is about a dog with a mind like a philosopher who learns about people through television and his master. This promises to be a heart-wrenching and uplifting tale. I would strongly recommend stocking up on tissues before watching this one.
I am so excited about this one. We have a woman unable to leave her home. She passes her time by doing things like watching movies and spying on her neighbors. Eventually, she witnesses a terrible crime that exposes secrets and sends her world crumbling around her. So few books deal with the topic of agoraphobia and to include it in a psychological thriller is quite incredible. I can’t wait to see if the movie stays true to the book.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction so you know it’s going to be something special.
Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort) was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day… a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch. The Goldfinch. Read More
Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her home and life to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life. Read More
Set in 1890s Yukon during the gold rush, the novel tells the story of a dog. Yes, yet another story about a dog. This one is stolen from his home in California and moved to Alaska where he is expected to perform as a sled dog.
These are the book to movie adaptation I’m most excited about. I’ve read the books for some of them, others I may just watch the movie. One thing is for sure, we are in for an amazing year of bookish viewing pleasure.
What book to movie adaptations are you most excited about?