We all know that the book is the cake to the movie’s dry bread, the bottom of the iceberg, the gourmet chateaubriand to the fast food burger. But how can we disparage a film’s desperate attempt to faithfully replicate the intricacies of a good book if we haven’t read it yet?
These are the films due out this year that are based on books; take note, go out and buy them, read them and then spend the entire film moaning about how badly they’ve got every single thing wrong.
The Girl on the Train.
This book drove me scatty; I wanted to throttle the protagonist, in fact I could have happily strangled the entire character list; but the writing was utterly brilliant. Will the film makers be able to keep that brilliance when adapting this wonderful book.
Release date October 7th
A Monster Calls.
Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. A story made into a book made into a film.
Release Date October 4th
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island after a family tragedy and discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the hallways of the building, he realizes the children were more than just peculiar — they may have been dangerous, and possibly still alive.
Release date December 25th
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
A must watch for all Harry Potter fans, Fantastic Beasts is written by J.K. Rowling. It is the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter’s birth.
Release date November 18th
I think there’s over fifteen hours worth of disappointment there. No, let’s give the film makers the benefit of the doubt and hope that these films really do showcase the books they are based on and prove to be exceptions. Every single one of them.