Sometimes the film is better than the book. No, seriously. But most of the time, you just wish you’d read the book first! And because 2015 is going to be a glorious year for film adaptations of all kinds of books – none of that Fifty Shades of Nonsense here, though – we picked out some you may like – to read, that is.
There are plenty more because really, every other film is based on a book it seems! Read these, and tweet to @HTBrunch using the hashtag #BrunchBookChallenge
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Published in: 1874
Slated release: May 1
Mid 19th-century England: The relationship between the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene, and her three suitors: a rich bachelor, a strong sergeant and a hot shepherd.
Notes on the film: Carrey Mullingan plays the protagonist
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Published in: 2013
Slated release: April 10
The stories of two couples – a 90-year-old man and his deceased wife, and a pair of college kids – which eventually merge. If you’re a Sparks fan, you’ll like it.
Notes on the film: Scott Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s unbelievably hot son…
Published in: 1818
Slated release: October 2
If you think the monster is called Frankenstein, you need to read it. This is the story of Viktor Frankenstein, a scientist, who makes a grotesque monster which sets out to destroy the world of the creator.
Notes on the film: The perspective of Frankenstein’s assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe). A side note for the Harry Potter fans, Radcliffe as Igor looks like Lily and Snape’s son
The Martian by Andy Weir
Published in: 2011
Slated release: November 25
This is a geek retelling of Robinson Crusoe. Astronaut Mark Watney gets stranded on Mars and has to improvise to survive, while NASA tries to rescue him.
Notes on the film: Matt Damon plays Mark, Ridley Scott is directing. Irrfan Khan turned down a role
Published in: 2009
Slated release: TBD
A lovely little book set in the 1950s about a young Irish girl who moves to New York, and is torn between her new American life (and boyfriend) and her family back home.
Notes on the film: Nick Hornby wrote the screenplay, and the reviews from Sundance Film Festival are all good
Serena by Ron Rash
Published in: 2008
Slated release: March 27
In 1929, a newly-wed passionate couple builds a timber empire in the North Carolina woodlands. But when the wife finds out she can’t conceive, she sets out to kill her husband’s illegitimate child.
Notes on the film: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper <3
Published in: 2012
Slated release: August 21
A 26-year-old small-town girl lands a job as a "care-assistant" to a rich and rude 35-year-old quadriplegic man. You’re going to howl through the last 100 pages.
Notes on the film: Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones plays the lead
Paper Towns by John Green
Published in: 2008
Slated release: June 5
Girl meets boy. Boy falls in love with girl. It’s cute. Then one morning, she disappears and leaves several clues for him to find her.
Notes on the film: It’s written and produced by the same team as The Fault In Our Stars
From HT Brunch, February 1
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