Avid readers and movie fanatics around the world can usually agree on one thing; reading the book first is the way to go! By reading the novels that inspired great movies beforehand, you can increase your enjoyment of the story by forming your own images and characters in your head. Then, you get to enjoy the Hollywood version and see everything you imagined brought to life.
This year there are plenty of books that have been turned into films. If you read the books first, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot at a casino, as watching the movie will be even better!
#1: Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl is a series of 8 science fiction and fantasy novels that follow the escapades of teen criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II. All of the books detail the adventures of 12-year-old Fowl, a prodigy who has turned his brilliant mind to crime. Once he has done huge amounts of research using his family’s secret criminal empire, Artemis believes that he has confirmed the existence of fairies and other supernatural wonders. Inspired by Eoin Colfer’s stories, the Artemis Fowl movie hits cinemas on 9 August 2019.
#2: Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette has also inspired a feature film that landed on 9 August 2019. In the book, the titular character Bernadette Fox appears to have it all – a stunning home, a loving husband, and a devoted teen daughter. However, when she disappears without a trace, her concerned family sets off on an epic journey to solve the pervasive mystery of where she may have gone.
#3: Stephen King’s It
Stephen King is a master of horror, and few of his novels are better known than It. The book documents a gang of preteen outcasts and great friends as they fight a supernatural demon posing as Pennywise the child murdering clown. During the latter half of the book, the friends reunite in adulthood to face the demon once more when it returns to their sleepy hometown of Derry. The first film was released in 2018, and the second part is set to appear at cinemas on 6 September 2019.
#4: The Woman in the Window
AJ Finn’s The Woman in the Window tells the story of Anna Fox, a reclusive woman living alone in New York City. Unable to venture outdoors, Fox spends her days keeping a close eye on her neighbours, and when the Russells move in across the way from her, they seem like the perfect family. However, when Anna spots something she shouldn’t one night, her world starts to come undone as she struggles to tell what is real, who is in danger, and who is in control of a situation in which nothing is what it seems. The Woman in the Window will appear at cinemas on 4 October 2019.
#5: The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch will appear on the silver screen as a feature film on 11 October. The tale begins with Theo Decker, a 13 year old New Yorker who survives a freak accident that kills his mother. Left by his father, the boy is taken in by the family of a friend while clinging to the only reminder he has left of his mother; a tiny and captivating painting that draws him into the art underworld. In adulthood, Theo takes to working at an antiques store where he becomes evermore alienated, enthralled, and trapped in a deadly circle…
#6: Doctor Sleep
Debuting at cinemas on November 8, Doctor Sleep is the sequel to Stephen King’s hit novel The Shining. The story follows a middle-aged Dan Torrance who has been drifting for years, desperate to be rid of his father’s legacy of violence, alcoholism and despair. Torrance eventually settles in a town in New Hampshire, where he soon becomes known as Doctor Sleep when strange things start to take place.
#7: The Good Liar
Nicholas Searle’s The Good Liar follows the tale of Roy, a conman living in a tiny English town. His final con is to woo a gorgeous woman and pilfer her life savings – but who is the liar behind the con? How far does Roy go to outstrip his life of lies, and who will pay that price? The Good Liar will hit cinemas on November 15.
#8: The Rhythm Section
Coming out on 22 November, The Rhythm Section is based on Mark Burnell’s novel of the same name. After her world is destroyed by a freak plane crash, Stephanie Patrick is pushed over the edge and learns to survive by stealing others’ identities. Through her roles as Lisa, Petra, Marina, Susan and Elizabeth, she learns to reclaim herself along the way.
#9: Old Possum’s Book
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot is the inspiration behind Andrew Lloyd Weber’s hit musical Cats. The Cats film will be coming out on 20 December this year, but in the meantime, you can read up on Eliot’s collection of light and whimsical poems about the social lives and psyches of felines.
#10: Little Women
This classic novel by Louisa May Alcott is finally being recreated as a feature film that will land on 25 December. The book and the film both document the antics of tomboy Jo, frail Beth, gorgeous Meg, and romantic and sulky Amy as they uplift one another during their struggles in Civil War-torn New England.