Book-to-movie adaptations may be an issue to some, but after years of seeing books get published and adapted for film, I figured I don’t really mind. In fact, I enjoy comparing the books and films too much sometimes that it gets annoying!
I’ve always been the type of person to want to read the books first before seeing the movies (well, except Harry Potter because I didn’t even know it was based on a book when my sister dragged us all to the cinema when I was 5. You get the picture.). So I did a little research (read: Google-d) and came up with this teeny tiny list of books that are not well-known enough, but are actually adapted for film! I wanted to share them with you because they all sound like great reads.
I will excuse myself as early as now: here lies the proof that I’m a bit of cinematic nerd. I LOVE CINEMA. I’M OBSESSED WITH AWARD SHOWS. SOMETIMES I FEEL SORRY FOR MYSELF FOR THE NUMBER OF ~*OLD ACTORS*~ I’M CRUSHING ON. I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE A BUNCH OF SCREENSHOTS FROM EVERY TIME I WATCH A MOVIE.
This might come off as a bit biased, because I obviously love the artists/directors chosen for these adaptations, but here we go:
- The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
What it’s about: Set after WWI, a lighthouse keeper and his wife Isabel hears a baby’s cries near their home off the coast of Australia. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Who’s starring: Michael Fassbender will star alongside Alicia Vikander as his wife.
Why I’m excited: Lately I found myself fascinated by anything historical. And considering this one seems like a mystery of some kind, and it’s FASSBENDER AND VIKANDER, I don’t think I’d pass up. Nope.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
What it’s about: After her mom, Bernadette, disappears, 15-year-old Bee dives into emails, documents, and secret correspondences to find her.
Who’s starring: Richard Linklater is set to direct the film, and Cate Blanchett has been cast as Bernadette. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber — the writers behind (500) Days of Summer — are set to write the screenplay.
Why I’m excited: RICHARD LINKLATER?!?!?! I mean, in case you don’t know yet, the guy directed the three Before movies and Boyhood! Cate Blanchett, on the other hand, is a goddess. I also look forward to her seemingly new role in contemporary fiction, unlike the movies she previously starred in like Cinderella, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and her latest film Carol. Also, I was thinking Emma Fuhrman would be fantastic for the role of Bee.
- My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
What it’s about: The classic novel tells the story of Philip and his mysterious cousin Rachel, who may or may not be guilty of murdering another of their family members.
Who’s starring: Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin will star as Rachel and Philip.
Why I’m excited: Okay, you know me. My favourite genre is mystery, and this one just happened to seem a bit more darker than what it’s trying to make it look like??? I mean??? Is this going to be incest??? I don’t know, but we’ll know!
Also, RACHEL WEISZ AND SAM CLAFLIN CAN I GET A HELL YEAH?!
- The November Criminals by Sam Munson
What it’s about: A misbehaving high-school senior investigates the death of his classmate.
Who’s starring: Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz will star. Catherine Keener also has a supporting role.
Why I’m excited: Oooooh so this is what makes Ansel busy on his Snapchat, with his fake scratches and wounds, I’d like to think this movie is something to look forward to, although its Goodreads rating is surprisingly low.
- Home Is Burning by Dan Marshall
What it’s about: Marshall’s memoir tells the story of his return home as a 20-something to help take care of his mother and father, diagnosed with cancer and ALS, respectively. As Dan steps into his role as caregiver, wheelchair wrangler, and sibling referee, he watches pieces of his previous life slip away, and comes to realize that you don’t get to choose when it’s time to grow up.
Who’s starring: Miles Teller will star and produce, and Jonathan Levine is directing.
Why I’m excited: Aside from the fact that this will probably be funny yet tear-jerking, Miles Teller will star!!! The guy is a legend, although not many would think so, but I do. He is so natural, he doesn’t even have to try.
- The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson
What it’s about: The unbelievable true story of Daniel Burnham, the architect responsible for the construction of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, and Dr. H. H. Holmes, a serial killer who used the fair to lure victims to his own “World’s Fair Hotel” — and to their deaths.
Who’s starring: Leonardo DiCaprio will play the sick-minded Holmes, though there’s no word yet on who will step in as Burnham. Martin Scorsese will direct.
Why I’m excited: DO I SERIOUSLY HAVE TO EXPLAIN?! Sweet sweet baby boy Leonardo di Capri-god in a whole new level of GORE and SUSPENSE and TWIST! Leo has been on this project since 2010 and I just realised I’ve been following the progress since then, haha.
A little trivia from the self-proclaimed Leo-nerd aka me:
This will be the 6th Leo-Martin collaboration. Martin directed and Leo starred in Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
*hides in shame*
- The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
What it’s about: Two strangers on a charter plane crash in the wilderness and have to depend on each other to survive.
Who’s starring: Idris Elba is playing the male lead.
Why I’m excited: I’m a sucker for unexpected romances. I’m probably going to purchase an ebook tonight and start reading already. A doctor and a writer, romance, Idris Elba… oops.
- The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
What it’s about: The memoir of Jeannette Walls chronicles her unconventional and sometimes bizarre upbringing and relationship with her parents.
Who’s starring: Brie Larson will take on the role of Jeannette.
Why I’m excited: I’ve been trying to get myself a copy of this book for some time now, and it’s always either damaged or unavailable in my local bookstore! Brie Larson starred in Room and I thought she is incredible beyond her age, so I really look forward to this film.
- Six Years by Harlan Coben
What it’s about: The book tells the story of Jake, a man who seeks out the love of his life when her husband passes away, only to find that the widow at the funeral isn’t actually her.
Who’s starring: Hugh Jackman will star in the film adaptation.
Why I’m excited: Okay, you know what, before I even knew Hugh Jackman will be involved, I already wanted to read this book. The synopsis really intrigued me that I had to reread it to make sure I read it right!
- Silence by Shusaku Endo
What it’s about: The story of a Jesuit missionary sent to 17th century Japan who is trying to bring Christianity to Japan.
Who’s starring: Andrew Garfield is playing Father Rodrigues in the film, which is being directed by Martin Scorsese. Adam Driver and Liam Neeson are also playing priests.
Why I’m excited: Again, historical fiction! As a Christian who lives in a Catholic country, I was curious as to what this book delivers. Plus, Spider-man as a priest? Can it get any more better than that?
Have you read any of these books? Did any of them piqued your interest?
Do you agree with me that Idris Elba is a papi?
Let me know in the comments below! 🙂