10 Book to Film Adaptations in 2017

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Film adaptations of books are something readers either love or hate. Whether it’s reading the book before seeing the film or vice versa, it can enhance the enjoyment or ruin it.

When you’ve read a novel and had the story world in your head, imagined the characters and places and become attached to them – it can be a bit of a shock to see an actor you would never have cast playing the role. I don’t like watching the Twilight series films for that reason, I had the character of Edward Cullen very clearly fixed in my mind’s eye and when I saw Robert Pattinson it just totally ruined it for me. He was not my Edward Cullen. Other films it doesn’t bother me and I am happy to seek them out – maybe I just have a thing about vampires!

One thing I’m not keen on doing is reading books after I’ve watched films. I love that joy of reading something, driven by a desire to know what happens next. If I read a book after I’ve seen the film then I have the actors in my head, my imagination is shackled by the film director’s interpretations and it does hamper my enjoyment of the book.

So, whether you fancy reading the book before you see the film, or enjoy being able to do both, here are some of the hot releases for 2017

THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE  by Diane Ackerman

Film logline: The Zookeeper’s Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Book blurb: When Germany invades Poland, Luftwaffe bombers devastate Warsaw and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals killed, or stolen away to Berlin, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski begin smuggling Jews into the empty cages.

As the war escalates Jan becomes increasingly involved in the anti-Nazi resistance. Ammunition is buried in the elephant enclosure and explosives stored in the animal hospital. Plans are prepared for what will become the Warsaw uprising. Through the ever-present fear of discovery, Antonina must keep her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and animal inhabitants – as Europe crumbles around them.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film is out March/April 2017 depending on your home country

The film stars Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh and Daniel Bruhl.

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb 

THE SENSE OF AN ENDING by Julian Barnes

Movie logline: A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Book blurb: Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter.

The film is out March/April 2017 depending on your home country

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb

THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King

Movie logline: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where ‘the world has moved on’ in pursut of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.

Book blurb: In this first novel in his epic fantasy masterpiece, Stephen King introduced readers to one of his most enigmatic heroes, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey into good and evil, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

In his first step towards the powerful and mysterious Dark Tower, Roland encounters an alluring woman named Alice, begins a friendship with Jake, a kid from New York, and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film starts Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Katheryn Winnick

The film is out July/Aug 2017 depending on your home country.

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb 

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US by Charles Martin

Movie logline: Stranded after a tragic plane crash, two strangers must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow covered mountain.

Book blurb: On a stormy winter night, two strangers wait for a flight at the Salt Lake City airport. Ashley Knox is an attractive, successful writer, who is flying East for her much anticipated wedding. Dr. Ben Payne has just wrapped up a medical conference and is also eager to get back East for a slate of surgeries he has scheduled for the following day. When the last outgoing flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer and a forthcoming storm, Ben finds a charter plane that can take him around the storm and drop him in Denver to catch a connection. And when the pilot says the single engine prop plane can fit one more, if barely, Ben offers the seat to Ashley knowing that she needs to get back just as urgently. And then the unthinkable happens. The pilot has a heart attack mid-flight and the plane crashes into the High Uintas Wilderness– one of the largest stretches of harsh and remote land in the United States.
Ben, who has broken ribs and Ashley, who suffers a terrible leg fracture, along with the pilot’s dog, are faced with an incredibly harrowing battle to survive.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film starts Idris Elba, Kate Winslet, Dermot Mulroney

The film is out October 2017

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver

Movie logline: February 12 is just another day in Sam’’s charged life, until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day over one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s losing.

Book blurb: They say ‘live every day as if it’s your last’ – but you never actually think it’s going to be. At least I didn’t.

The thing is, you don’t get to know when it happens. You don’t remember to tell your family that you love them or – in my case – remember to say goodbye to them at all.

But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you’d want to change…?

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film 

The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Cynthy Wu

The film is out 2017 March-June 2017, depending on your home country

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb 

ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer

Movie logline: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Book blurb: Welcome to Area X. An Edenic wilderness, an environmental disaster zone, a mystery for thirty years.

For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences.

‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X.

But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach, the power of Area X is far more difficult to resist.

‘Annihilation’ is the first volume in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac and Jennifer Jason Leigh

The film is out September 2017 depending on your home country

To find out more about the film at IMDB

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Agatha Christie

Film logline: A lavish train ride through Europe quickly unfolds into the thrilling mystery of thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone’s a suspect. One man must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

Book blurb: Agatha Christie’s most famous murder mystery.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside.

Isolated and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars: Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad and Kenneth Branagh

The film is due out November 2017

To find out more about the film on IMDB

OUR SOULS AT NIGHT by Kent Haruf

Film logline:

Fonda and Redford will star as Addie Moore and Louis Waters, a widow and widower who’ve lived next to each other for years. The pair have almost no relationship, but that all changes when Addie tries to make a connection with her neighbour.

Book blurb: This is a love story.
A story about growing old with grace.

Addie Moore and Louis Waters have been neighbours for years. Now they both live alone, their houses empty of family, their quiet nights solitary. Then one evening Addie pays Louis a visit.

Their brave adventures form the beating heart of Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf’s exquisite final novel.

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars: Jane Fonda, Judy Greer, Robert Redford

The film is due out sometime in 2017

To find out more about the film on IMDB

THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

Film logline: A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover a nefarious agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family and that of humanity.

Book blurb: When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public …

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars: Tom  Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega

The film is due out April 2017

View a trailer and find out more about the film at IMDb

RED SPARROW by Jason Matthews

Film logline: A sexy Russian spy falls for a CIA officer and considers becoming a double agent.

Book blurb: A Russian honey trap agent targets a young CIA operative to uncover a senior-ranking mole at the heart of the Russian Intelligence service.

Dominika Egorov, former prima ballerina, is sucked into the heart of Putin’s Russia, the country she loved, and spat out as the twists and turns of betrayal and counter-betrayal unravel.

American Nate Nash, idealistic and ambitious, handles the double agent, codenamed MARBLE, considered one of CIA’s biggest assets. He needs to keep his identity secret for as long as the mole can keep supplying golden information.

Will Dominika be able to unmask MARBLE, or will the mission see her faith destroyed in the country she has always passionately defended?

Buy it on Amazon and read before you watch the film

The film stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Mary-Louise Parker

The film is currently in production, but probably not going to be out now until 2018

Find out more about the film at IMDB

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