Even though I believe reading books is so much better than watching the movie. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the books that hit the big screen this year. Here is my pick of the best book adaptations this year.
by Andy Weir
Published February 11th, 2014 by Crown (first published 2011)
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2015
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Cast: Matt Damon
What it’s about: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After his crew believes Mark died from a dust storm, he’s stranded and completely alone with no way to signal Earth.
As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.
Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader, again and again, The Martian is truly a remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.
by John Green
Published September 22nd, 2009 by Speak (first published October 16th, 2008)
Movie Release Date: July 24, 2015
Directed by: Jake Schreier
Cast: Cara Delevingne, Nat Wolff
What it’s about: Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...
by Veronica Roth
Published May 1st, 2012 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Movie Release Date: March 11, 2015
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet
What it’s about: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
by Kody Keplinger
Published September 7th, 2010 by Little Brown/Poppy
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2015
Directed by: Ari Sandel
Cast: Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Allison Janey, Robbie Amell
What it’s about: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.
How many of these did you read before they hit the big screen? Do let me know below.