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10 books you need to read before they’re made into films

Add these page-turners to your reading list fast!

By Charlotte Brouwer, 03 October 2016
10 books you need to read before they’re made into films

From Bridget Jones’ Diary to Gone Girl, and from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games, the bar has been set pretty high for movie adaptations of popular books. 

Don't miss your chance to give these bestselling page-turners a read before they come to cinemas over the next few months.

Here are ten of the best book-to-movie adaptations hitting our screens soon.

1. Inferno

Robert Langdon is back. The fourth book in the Dan Brown series, following on from Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci Code and Lost Symbol, Inferno is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year.

The book follows Robert (played by Tom Hanks) as he tries to escape his pursuers by solving an intricate riddle based on The Divine Comedy by Dante. Felicity Jones has been cast as the character Dr. Sienna Brooks, while Ben Foster makes a convincing villain.

In cinemas Friday 14th October

2. Girl on the train

If you loved Gone Girl, you’ll love reading Girl on the Train, a psychological thriller by British author Paul Hawkins. The plot follows main character Rachel Watson (played by Emily Blunt in the movie adaptation) as she becomes more and more obsessed with a couple (Jess and Jason) who she sees on her every day commute. Things quickly take a dark turn when she arrives home covered in blood, and Jess goes missing.

You won’t be able to put it down!

In cinemas Wednesday 5th October

3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The first in a series, the story follows the adventures of young boy Jacob Portman as he follows a trail of clues to an abandoned orphanage located on a remote island off the coast of Wales. He discovers that the orphanage is home to children with extremely unusual abilities.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel from author Ransom Riggs, and went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

The film adaptation is directed by none other than Tim Burton, and the trailer gives a taste of the dark fantasy adventure that will hit our sceens this December.

In cinemas since Thursday 29th September

4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

British author J.K. Rowling needs no introduction, but in addition to the Harry Potter books, she also penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the pseudonym of Newt Scamander.

The Harry Potter prequel will be the first in a trilogy of films. The story introduces us to Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) seventy years before Harry read his books in school.

Written in 2001, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a text book mentioned in the Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, whose author (fictitious) is a character called Newt Scamander.

The book features descriptions of different magical species that are found around the world as documented by Newt Scamander. The film follows the adventures of Newt Scamander as he navigates the secret community of witches and wizards in New York.

In cinemas Friday 18th November

5. Ithaca

Get ready to feel some serious nostalgia: Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, your favourite '90s rom-com couple, are reuniting for another film!

18 years after their last film, You've Got Mail, which debuted in 1998, the pair are coming together for Ithaca, Meg Ryan's directorial debut.

The film is an adaptation of William Saroyan's 1943 novel The Human Comedy, which follows a 14-year-old boy who begins delivering telegraphs to townspeople in Ithaca while his brother is away at war. Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks co-star as the boy’s parents.

In cinemas this November (date to be confirmed)

6. A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Neck follows 13-year-old Conor O'Malley, who suffers from constant nightmares and is struggling with his mother's terminal illness. One evening, Conor finds a monster outside his window who wishes to share secrets with him, as long as Conor shares one of his own secrets too.

In cinemas January 2017 (date to be confirmed)

7. Fifty Shades Darker

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will co-star again in this film adaptation of bestselling book Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James, the sequel to her best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey.

In cinemas 10th February 2017

8. The Light Between Oceans

In this novel by M L Stedman, childless couple Tom and Isabel Sherbourne live in a lighthouse on a deserted island. One day, a boat washes up on the shore containing a dead man and a live baby. The couple take the baby in immediately but do not report the dead man. A few years later, they meet the child’s real mother and come face-to-face with the consequences of the day they took the baby into their lives.

In cinemas 1st November

9. The Lost City of Z

Based on a true story, author David Grann desribes how British explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared in 1925 while searching through the Amazon for an ancient lost city, the city of Z. Part biography and part detective story, the book has been adapted into a film starring Charlie Hunnam as Colonel Percy Fawcett, Sienna Miller as his wife and Robert Pattinson as Henry Costin.

In cinemas this November (date to be confirmed)

10. The Girl With All The Gifts

Set in a dystopian future, the story follows a special girl named Melanie, in a world where a fungal infection has wiped out most of humanity.

In cinemas since 23rd September