Books to movies! There are dozens of fabulous novels soon to be adapted for the big screen. Check out these ‘must-read books’ because as the saying goes…’the book is ALWAYS better’.
Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion: Meet Don Tillman, a socially awkward professor of genetics who is set on finding the perfect wife. Don creates the most orderly, scientifically-based survey that he’s dubbed the Wife Project. Now meet Rosie Jarman, a bar maid, a drinker, a smoker and a late arriver (virtually everything Don doesn’t want in a wife). Despite their incompatibility Don agrees to help Rosie find her biological father. The unlikely pair proves one thing is certain – opposites do attract. The Rosie Project is an endearing screwball comedy-romance. Actor Ryan Reynolds is slated to play Don Tillman in the upcoming 2019 movie.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Inspired by a real war heroine, this story set in France 1939 recounts the struggles of two sisters Vianne and Isabelle during World War II. When Vianne finds herself without husband, food or money, she is forced to make difficult choices to save herself and her young son. Vianne’s sister Isabelle, a rebellious young woman joins the French resistance to fight the Nazis – a dangerous and often deadly undertaking. Anticipated for movie release soon.
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. The master storyteller brings back characters from one of his most riveting novels, the 1977 mega-hit The Shining. Set years after The Shining events, the now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young 12-year-old girl with similar ‘shining’ powers. Dan must try to protect her from a murderous cult known as The True Knots. Movie to be released in 2020.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn This grip-lit thriller, reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, follows Anna Fox, a single woman with agoraphobia. From the living room window of her New York home, she enjoys people-watching through the lens of her camera. But when the Russell family moves in next door, she witnesses a disturbing, violent scene. The problem is…no one will believe her, not even the police. Movie to star Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman.
Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. After a New York terrorist bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art kills his mother, 13-year old Theo Dekker steals and escapes with his mother’s favourite paintings. It’s the Dutch masterpiece – The Goldfinch. From adolescence to adulthood, Theo encounters a strange cast of characters. Themes of abandonment, loss and survival thread through this book that is part mystery, but mostly an evocative coming-of-age story and the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Starring Nicole Kidman and Sarah Paulson in the movie version.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Fifteen year old Bee can’t find her mother, Bernadette. She’s just disappeared. Which is strange as Bernadette is agoraphobic. Along with a series of emails, letters, F.B.I. documents, plus correspondence with a psychiatrist and even an emergency-room bill, Bee tracks her mother, uncovering her troubled past. A comedy drama coming this year. The 2019 movie directed by Richard Linklater will star Cate Blanchett, Kristin Wiig and Laurence Fishburne.