It seems that Hollywood is getting all its good ideas from the bookstore these days, with more and more book adaptations making it to the big screen. Here are a few of our favorites that you should enjoy in their paperback form, before seeing the movie. Just make yourself a pot of tea with UMF 5+ Manuka Honey and settle in for some great reading.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
The film, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, has garnered awards around the globe and an Academy Award nomination for Pike’s performance as missing wife Amy Dunne. The only thing better than sitting on the edge of your seat in the cinema, is ripping through the pages of this twisty thriller, which tells the story of a husband looking for his missing wife under the scrutiny of the media and police. Flynn also has another adaptation on the way to the big screen, with Dark Places to be released later in the year, featuring an all-star cast including Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks.
Wild, Cheryl Strayed
This is a memoir that will inspire you to tie up your laces and take a long hike in the wilderness. Following the death of her mother and downward spiral in her personal life, Cheryl Strayed decided to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone. With no experience and driven only by determination, the story captures her journey from lost to found. Both Reese Witherspoon and co-star Laura Dern have received Academy Award nominations for their performance in the screenplay, which is written by Nick Hornby.
The Martian, Andy Weir
This thrilling story is about an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must survive until the planned return mission in five years. It’s science fiction at its best, with science, space thrills and a hefty dose of humor. Matt Damon takes the lead in the movie adaptation, with action-man Ridley Scott as Director. It’s being released on November 27, so there’s plenty of time to get reading.
Paper Towns, John Green
Following on from his success with The Fault in Our Stars (another book to movie adaptation that you shouldn’t miss), John Green’s Paper Towns will be released on June 18, starring Natt Wolff and Cara Delevigne. The story follows a group of childhood friends who are brought together after many years and embark on a road trip to find the missing girl next door.
In the heart of the sea, Nathaniel Philbrick
Based on a true story that inspired the 1851 novel Moby Dick, this novel tells the story of the Whaleship Essex, which sank after being attacked by a sperm whale in 1820. The crew was stranded for 90 days at sea, thousands of miles from home. Starring Chris Hemsworth, the film will be released March 13 and from the trailer, looks to be an epic adventure.
Do you have a favourite novel that’s been made into a movie? What’s on your to-be-read pile? We’d love to hear your recommendations.