Books have always been made into movies, but these days, it seems like there are more movies based on books than ever before. If you are the type to always read the book first (and what true book lover isn’t?), add these books to your TBR pile before the movies come out.
One thing I’ve noticed about most of these movies is how sad they all are. You will definitely want to invest in some tissues, and maybe some Kleenex stock.
Read The Book First
There is still time to read these books before the movies come out.
The Fault in Our Stars (June 6, 2014)
A teenage girl, Hazel, fights terminal cancer and falls for Augustus, a boy who also has cancer. It sounds like the beginnings of a terrible story, but the book was amazing.
All You Need Is Kill (Movie Title: The Edge of Tomorrow) (June 6, 2014)
I haven’t read this graphic novel, but it really sounds interesting to me! This book is about a man who fights aliens in a futuristic world, but dies. Rather than travel to the after-life or whatever, every day he wakes up and fights the same enemy (possibly re-living the same day?). But things change when he meets a woman fighter (called awesomely, the Full Metal Bitch. Not sure if they keep that in the movie). I don’t know if the movie will feature more sci-fi or more about romance, but either way, it looks interesting.
The Giver(August 15, 2014)
In a new society where evil is eradicated, certain people are tasked with carrying the memories of the past, presumably to prevent the mistakes of the past from happening again. But when one boy becomes the new receiver of memory, he realizes that everything left behind may not be so bad after all.
The Giver starts a whole series of books, so I hope those will also make it to the screen. This universe seems really interesting and different from other dystopian universes.
If I Stay (August 22, 2014)
This dark YA book follows 17-year-old Mia as she is involved with a car accident and slips into a coma. While there, she has a sort of out-of-body experience that allows her to see what life will be like for her if she lives (pretty sucky) and what would happen if she dies. The story is about the decision she has to make whether she will live or die. In the trailer, she also has the coolest cello case ever.
The Maze Runner (September 19, 2014)
The Maze Runner is one of my favorite dystopian series, and I hope the movie can do it justice! I feel like this movie has the potentially to be really, really bad, so we’ll see.
Gone Girl (October 3, 2014)
Gone Girl is an interesting book because it examines the prospective of a missing woman from both her prospective and the prospective of her husband. I’m not sure how this will translate to film, but it has the potential to be quite interesting. Gillian Flynn also has another book coming out as a movie this year, Dark Places.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10, 2014)
Not much to say about this book-other than what the title implies. This classic kid’s book explores a child having a really bad day, but then he finds out everyone has bad days, but love of family is the most important thing. Honestly, I’m only surprised Disney didn’t try to make this movie years ago.
The Best of Me (October 17, 2014)
This is yet another Nicolas Sparks book made into a movie. This book follows the adventures of Amanda and Dawson, two high school sweethearts, as they meet again after being apart for 25 years. While I find the premise a little far-fetched, it falls in line with most of his other tales of sweeping, long-lasting, young love. There is no official trailer for the movie yet, but here is one for the book:
Mockingjay (November 21, 2014)
Part 1 of the 2-part series end to The Hunger Games. I thought both previous movies were quite well done, and I approve of them completely.
The Hobbit 3 (December 17, 2014)
Please don’t watch the Hobbit 3 without first reading the book so you can recognize that the movie franchise has almost nothing to do with the book. You can see my past opinions of the last two movies here and here.
Unbroken (December 25, 2014)
This book is based on the life of Louis Zamperini, who was an Olympic runner, a pilot in WWII, and finally, a prisoner of war.
The movies have already come out for these, but it’s OK to play catch-up and read the book after the movie sometimes.
Sons of God (February 28, 2014)
This story is the strange mix of classic Biblical mythology with today’s favorites of the paranormal. The story follows the Nephelim, children of the mix between the angels and mortals. The story starts thousands of years ago and bridges to the present day when the good Nephelim must stop the bad Nephelim from destroying the world.
Winter’s Tale (February 14, 2014)
I like this book because it creates a sort of fake history or alternate reality for 20th century New York. The book is full of rich descriptions and beautiful passages that make it a work of art in itself.
Divergent (March 20, 2014)
From what I hear, the movie followed the book pretty closely, which is good. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Divergent series, but I always like seeing stories and movies with strong female leads, so I approve.
What books being made into movies this year are you most looking forward to? I know there are at least 30 of them being made this year. A pretty good year for authors!