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World Book Day 2018: Novels that are being adapted for the big screen

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In celebration of World Book Day (April 23), here are novels that are being adapted for the big screen and are releasing this year and bibliophile MANASI Y MASTAKAR can’t contain her excitement 

Books have always been a fodder for not just thought, but also providing content for films. And Hollywood has always (successfully) tapped into this ocean of creative wealth. Be it the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, Gone Girl, Bridget Jones’ Diary or classics like Gone With The Wind, The Three Musketeers, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, to name few, these have been a success on the screen as they have been off it. With some book adaptations like Red Sparrow, Fifty Shades Freed, Maze Runner: Death Cure, Peter Rabbit already out, here are some book adaptations that are yet to hit the big screen.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society


Author: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Set in post-World War II London, this book takes its story forward in the form of letters written between the various characters of the book. The conversations between writer Juliet Ashton and the islanders of Guernsey, about the island’s Nazi Occupation, spark an idea in Juliet’s mind for her next book. And to explore the opportunity, Juliet visits the Guernsey island to meet her pen pals and experience the quiet life of the island. The best part of the book is humour which makes you feel of the people during the war but yet manages to not make you cry at the terrible happenings the islanders had faced. Playing Juliet will be Lily James, and it would be worth to see how the makers of the film manage to keep the conversations that happen through letters intact.

Forever My Girl

Author: Heidi McLaughlin

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Making romances is no easy task. The treatment has to be right for the movie to attract audience, evoke the same kind of emotions the book does and that too in a span of just 2 hours. The book sees a famous rock star (Liam) returning home after a decade to his high school sweetheart (Josie) whom he had left heartbroken when he took the decision of pursuing his passion for music. Alex Roe as Liam and Jessica Rothe as Josie, without giving away spoilers, the ones fond of the genre will have to watch the movie to see if the two get together again, or will it be a not-a-happily-ever-after end.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web 

Author: David Lagercrantz

The book is a continuation of the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, which sees The Crown star, Claire Foy, taking over from Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander, a hacker, Sverrir Gudnason steps into Daniel Craig’s shoes to play Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist. The Girl in the Spider’s Web reunited Salander and Blomkvist to investigate an organisation called Spider Society. Cybercrime, cyber gangster, Artificial Intelligence, and a violent criminal conspiracy – this book has the perfect set of being a box office blockbuster, provided, of course, the acting is on par with Foy and Craig’s predecessors.

A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Published in 1962, this science-fantasy novel created quite a stir back then. And this is not the first time its being adapted for the screen, but what it has that its television counterparts lacked was a talented star cast comprising Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling. The story revolves around a boy named Charles Wallace Murry going on a search for his father through a ‘wrinkle in time. He is joined on his expedition by sister Meg and friend Calvin. While trying to overcome the various dangers they meet the mysterious trio, the guardian angels, known as Mrs Whatsit (Witherspoon), Mrs Who (Kaling) and Mrs Which (Winfrey). Whether they manage to find his father is for the viewers (and readers if you haven’t read the book) to find out.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Author: Maria Semple

When 15-year-old Bee’s mother, a revolutionary architect and a highly opinionated person according to her husband, Bernadette (who also suffers from agoraphobia), goes missing, the teenager takes it upon herself to bring her mom back. Searching through secret old correspondence, emails, documents to figure out what exactly transpired that has led her mother to leave everything and disappear. Starring Cate Blanchett as Bernadette and Troian Bellisario as Bee, this poignant mother-daughter relationship story will tug at everyone’s heart.

The War with Grandpa 

Author: Robert Kimmel Smith

Relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is always a love-hate one. From fulling wishes, pampering the little ones, to respecting your parents’ parents and hating them for being interfering in your lives at time, grandparents and grandchildren are always at some kind of war. So when Peter’s grandfather comes to stay with them, he is upset that now he will have to shares his bedroom with THE grandfather. Declaring war against his grandfather in a bid to get his room back, Peter will go to any length. But grandpa won’t be threatened easily either. The movie stars inimitable Robert De Niro as grandpa Ed and Oakes Fegley as Peter.

Boy Erased

Author: Garrard Conley

Featuring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges, and Joel Edgerton the movie, based on Conley’s memoir of the same name sees a young Conley struggling with the understanding of his sexuality. At 19, Conley was forced to take a life-changing decision: either leave the house or undergo a conversion programme supported by the church that promises to cure him of his homosexuality. Through an institutionalised programme he was supposed to emerge a ‘cleansed’ heterosexual, ridden of his ‘gay’ side, and a stronger faith in God. But the harrowing journey forced Conley to break out in search of his true self.

First Man

Author: James R Hansen

Based on First Man: The Life of Neil A Armstrong, the book focuses on Armstrong’s life before and after landing on the moon, focusing on his upbringing, his foray into the space programme and later, becoming one of the most famous people in the world. Ryan Gosling is suiting up as the first man on moon, Neil Armstrong, with Claire Foy playing his wife, Janet Armstrong.