Movies. Are they better than books? Or is the book always superior? And should you read the story before you watch its big-screen adaptation? A definitive answer to these biggies evades us. But, for literary purists, here are 17 novels to get under your bookish belt before the opening titles on those film adaptations start rolling.
17 books to read before the film adaptations hit cinemas
Do you feel the need, the need to read? Add these books to your reading list and you’ll be way ahead of the curve by the time the film adaptations hit cinemas
Books being made into movies
Directed by and starring Ewan McGregor, ‘American Pastoral’ is an adaptation of Philip Roth’s seminal 1997 novel – and tells the story of Seymour Irving Levov, a Jewish American crafting what he believes to be the perfect American life in a post-war world. His seemingly happy existence is ripped apart by political turmoil and his daughter’s explosive part in it. Read before November 11
8. T2: Trainspotting 2
Brace yourselves. Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle return to the big screen 20 years after ‘Trainspotting’. Loosely based on ‘Porno’, Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel, and directed by Danny Boyle, ‘Trainspotting 2’ will catch up with the gang as their paths cross once more. Read before January 27 2017.
11. Sense of an Ending
Everyone’s favourite mini-celebrity Jacob Tremblay (Brie Larson’s son in ‘Room’) stars in ‘Wonder’ as Auggie, a 10-year-old boy with a rare facial deformity. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson also appear in this adaptation of R J Palacio’s novel, which sees Auggie enrol at a school for the first time. Read before April 7 2017.
13. The Bookshop
14. On Chesil Beach
Ian McEwan’s touching and elegant short novel about a young couple’s honeymoon in the early ’60s is getting the big screen treatment. The film stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as newlyweds Florence and Edward holiday on the Dorset coast. The movie doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet, but read before the end of 2017.
15. Murder on the Orient Express
16. The Bell Jar
17. A Wrinkle in Time
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