I hope it’s obvious by now that I love books and stories. I’m also a big fan of stories told through various forms of entertainment which is why I am generally a big fan when books I enjoyed are turned into great movies or great TV (which seems to be happening more and more). I will admit, they aren’t always done well and I can’t always suspend my disbelief – Jack Reacher is the one that comes to mind most often – but when done well, it’s always worth seeing great stories come to life on the big or small screen. It’s a new theme for my posts but here is Volume 1 of my Books to Screen series – essential books that I’m looking forward to seeing on big and small screens in the next little while.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
It is usually a love of a book or story that gets me excited about the on-screen version but in this case, the movie trailer had me hooked. I never read A Wrinkle in Time as a child – another one I think I missed out on when I jumped to adult novels at an early age – but I was absolutely thrilled when I saw the first trailer for the director Ava Duvernay’s film starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling . How could I not be – it looks absolutely magical and I wouldn’t expect anything less with such a strong cast, great director and coming from the House of Mouse. It was enough to send me to Indigo to purchase the book and I was made even more excited when a staff member told me she liked it more than the Harry Potter Series. That seemed lofty and while I wouldn’t put it there in my own ranking, I understood that for her, it was a childhood connection. A lot of people will be excited to see this great story come to the big screen because of that connection. I can’t wait because it just looks so great! I enjoyed the book and would recommend it as a great read for a young reader. And I certainly wouldn’t rule out reading the books that followed it.
The movie hits theatres on March 9th and tickets are already available for sale!
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Everyone thinks of Gone Girl when Gillian Flynn comes up and like so many others, that’s the first book of hers that I read. After enjoying it, I read Sharp Objects and Dark Places and while I liked all three, Sharp Objects was my favourite. And I’m very excited that HBO will be airing an eight-episode series this summer! Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (he directed the first season of Big Little Lies) the series has a great cast including Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina and more. If you haven’t read Sharp Objects, it’s about a reporter named Camille Preaker who returns to her hometown to cover the murder of two young girls. If you liked Gone Girl, you can imagine, there is so much more to the story than just the murder. I know I will be tuning in this summer and I would definitely recommend Sharp Objects as a book to read!
Coming to HBO this summer!
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
I read Where’d You Go Bernadette on vacation in Florida four years ago and always remember it as a completely hilarious and delightful read. I loved Bernadette as a character and really enjoyed the quirky story. It was a perfect book to read on vacation and I was delighted to see that they have turned it into a movie coming out in May! The film is directed by Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused, Boyhood) and stars Cate Blanchett as Bernadette, along with Kristen Wiig, Billy Crudup, Judy Greer and more. The cast to me seems so perfect and I think that Cate Blanchett is the perfect actress to bring Bernadette to life. I really can’t wait to see the film and I think I will definitely read the book again before I do. If you haven’t read it, it’s definitely worth enjoying!
Coming to theatres May 11th!
And one book that I really need to read before the movie comes out this summer is Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. It’s been on my list for quite some time but haven’t read it yet and I might find myself lucky as waiting means I can read the series back to back.
Happy reading and happy viewing!