Five books you should read before you watch the movie

July 05, 2016
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There are many reasons why you should read a book first before you see the movie it’s based on. Whether that’s zealous preparation for the movie, the ability to say “that didn’t happen in the book” in a snooty voice or a desperate need for more reading material. No matter your reason, here are just a few books being adapted into upcoming movies that deserve to become the reading addiction you annoy your friends with.  

The BFG – Roald Dahl

A lot of you probably read this when you were a kid, but the beauty of Dahl’s books is that you can enjoy them no matter hold old you are. If you haven’t read this whimsical and dark humoured book then you should read it now. If you have read it then you should read it again, just to remind yourself what this movie has to live up to. It’s a lot, by the way.

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

This tearjerker romance has become a pretty big success, in both the book and film version, despite a whole lot of animosity from disabled rights groups. To give a quick summary, Emilia Clarke (famous for dragon-related shenanigans on Game of Thrones) plays the quirky 20-something Louisa Clark who becomes a carer for Will Traynor, who has been a quadriplegic for two years. You might minimise your public theatre crying if you know what to expect first. Or you might cry more. Or not at all. I don’t know you.

The Dark Tower – Stephen King

In 2017, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series will be adapted into a film series after years of development hell. To say anything about the series is tough, but suffice to say that it’s sprawling, nutty, genre bending and sometimes incoherent. Basically, it’ll take you on a rollercoaster ride.

The Gunslinger is the first book in the series, so you don’t have to worry about anything beyond the second book just yet. Get King’s characters and universe into your head and then see the movie, so you can either rejoice or lament the riskiest adaptation on this list. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – J.K Rowling

This one goes out to the Potterheads, especially Fantastic Beasts’ star Eddie Redmayne who really wanted to be in a Harry Potter movie. Rowling’s book chronicles the exploits of Newt Scamander (only mentioned once in the series as this very book’s author) with a story line that takes place 70 years prior to Harry’s adventures. The book gives a little more scope to the Potter-verse through Albus Dumbledore’s introduction and its American setting. Unlike these other novels, you’ll need some prior knowledge for this one, but don’t expect to be bombarded with a complex mythos – at 128 pages it’s a short, sweet breeze.

Of course, when all else fails, you can just re-read your favourites and try not to think about the less awesome real world.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

Hawkins’ bestseller about an alcoholic divorcee who becomes embroiled in a police investigation looks primed for award attention this year, so get a head start. The movie, directed by Tate Taylor, boasts a great cast of Emily Blunt, Laura Prepon, Luke Evans, Lisa Kudrow and Allison Janney, so you know it’s going to be a worthwhile movie experience. Complete with intrigue, interesting characters and sharp writing, adding Hawkins’ book to your stack is hardly a bad thing. And who doesn’t love a little crime?

Ally Jurgens

Ally is a uni student who is shockingly good at remembering facts no one cares about involving TV shows and films. She also writes a bit.

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