Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Books Becoming Movies

2018 has turned out to be an awesome year for movies inspired by books! This year has churned out more book-inspired films than I remember seeing in years past.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, in theaters now
If you haven't seen it yet, go see this new rom-com. The movie is really funny, with a good deal of family drama that is easy to relate to. Nick brings his girlfriend, Rachel, home to meet his family in Singapore, but neglected to tell her that his family is crazy rich. (see what I did there?) And she is completely surprised to discover not only how wealthy his family is, but how elitist they are about who "joins" their family. Trying to fit in is difficult, but Rachel tries. The book goes deeper into details about the family, and is the first in a trilogy, so hopefully more movies will follow this one!

The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, in theaters now
This movie is already receiving Oscars buzz for Glenn Close's portrayal of the wronged wife. The book surrounds the relationship between husband and wife as they travel abroad to a prestigious award ceremony. The couple have a tense relationship due to the secrets they've kept, both together and from one another. Everything comes to a head on this trip. The movie is sure to explore this complicated relationship with an all-star cast including Christian Slater and Jonathan Pryce.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, in theaters now
One of prolific author Ann Patchett's best works is finally being adapted into film. This PEN/Faulkner Award winner follows a tense hostage situation in a South American country. A party is interrupted by a terrorist group hoping to kidnap the president, but when he is not there, they instead take several high-profile party-goers as hostages instead. Over the course of the story, many complex relationships evolve, including between the kidnappers and victims. The film will star Julianne Moore, and will hopefully do justice to this tense tale.

First Man: the Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James Hansen, in theaters October 12
You know that Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, but do you know how he got there? And what came after? This definitive biography of the pioneer explores Armstrong's legacy, shedding light on this iconic American figure. The film is starring Ryan Gosling, and has been highly anticipated. Just before the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this movie is sure to hit big at the box office.

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley, in theaters November 2
This memoir is about a young man whose Baptist family does not accept his homosexuality, instead forcing him to attend a church-sanctioned conversion camp. The movie, starring Nicole Kidman, is already getting a lot of buzz for tackling these controversial topics. This true story is both heartbreaking and uplifting. Check out the book before the movie is released.

The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz, in theaters November 9
The continuation of this bestselling book series into film form will be a bit different than the last incarnation of this series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was released in 2011. With a new director, new cast, and new direction for Lisbeth, this movie continues the story, but will do so with a fresh twist. It seems fitting since Lagercrantz took over the book series with Spider's Web following Larsson's untimely passing after having the first three books completed. If you have managed to not read this series yet, now's a great time to start before the new film, starring Claire Foy, is released this fall.

Queen of Scots: the True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy, (movie title Mary Queen of Scots) in theaters, December 7
You've probably already seen previews for this sure-to-win-an-Oscar film starring Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan. The book covers the famous queen's life in a way never before seen. Guy did his research, and he very much released what is a definitive biography of a complicated royal. The film pulls together two complex characters, Mary Stuart (Ronan) and Queen Elizabeth I (Robbie). Read this biography before the film release to truly get inside these historical figures' heads.

Which one are you most excited about?


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