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10 Books to Read Before They Become Films

Sophie Mateer

Films adaptations can divide us.

Love or hate the end product, there’s something intoxicating about your favourite book being made into a film. Will they do a good job? Why does that character look like that? That scene wasn’t in the book!

Here are 10 adaptations that will be released this year, just in time for you to read their literary counterparts before buying your ticket.

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

A Boston thief finds success as a ‘rum runner’ during the Prohibition Era.

Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning? This looks like the perfect (getaway) vehicle to get you into a jazzy mood – with an edge, of course.

In Cinemas 26 January

Fifty Shades Darker by E.L James

The sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey sees Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship deepen as he begins to open up to her.

This one opens on Valentine’s Day and doesn’t really need any more explanation.

In Cinemas 14 February

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A true story of the black female mathematicians who quietly enabled the biggest achievements in NASA’s history in the 1960s.

Bring the tissues.

In Cinemas 23 February

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver

A popular teen named Samantha begins reliving the day she was involved in a horrific car accident seemingly caused by an outcast student.

One for when you don’t mind being on the edge of your seat for two hours.

In Cinemas 3 April

Wonder by R.J Palacio

A boy struggles to fit into a new school due to his facial deformity from birth. No trailer yet, but by the sounds of it, it’s a tearjerker.

In Cinemas 6 April

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

This novel follows the true story of zookeepers throughout World War II who saved hundreds of people from the Nazi Regime in Poland.

Starring Jessica Chastain and Daniel Brühl, I dare you to watch the trailer and not get goosebumps.

In Cinemas 4 May

The Circle by Dave Eggers

A young woman takes a job at a tech company where she quickly climbs the corporate ladder.

A spooky look into the future of tech and surveillance.

In Cinemas 25 May

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

Two strangers on a charter plane crash in the wilderness and have to depend on each other to survive.

Not only will this movie be cinematic (the plane crashes in the Utah mountains) but with Idris Elba and Kate Winslet co-starring, it’s sure to be dramatic (and steamy) too.

In Cinemas 19 October

Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

This anthology connects three intertwining romantic tales set in a small American town on a snowy evening.

A delightful and light film, this is one to see with friends.

In Cinemas 23 November

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This classic mystery follows detective Hercule Poirot as he pursues a murder on this famous train. The last adaptation of this seminal noir novel was in 1974 so I’m sure die-hard Christie fans will be delighted about the update.

In Cinemas 23 November

*Note: All Release Dates are based on findings from iris.theaureview.com/release-dates

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Sophie Mateer

Sophie Mateer has recently returned from a nine week holiday eating her way around the globe, from the busy streets of Hong Kong to the crystal clear waters of the Amalfi Coast and agrees that there’s no place like home. She is a food fanatic and can’t help herself when it comes to delectable Sunday brunches or indulging in smoothies across the Canberra region. She can’t wait to begin her degree in Marketing Management and Communications in Advertising at the University of Canberra in 2017. More about the Author