I’m doing something a bit different today for my Friday Five!
I love reading. It’s one of the things that ‘fills my tank‘, and I cannot walk past a book store without walking in.
Today I’ve got five books that you should read before seeing the movie. I’m a big fan of reading the book before you see the movie it’s based on. Growing up I tried to get my brother to read the Harry Potter series before seeing the movies but he said there was no point when he could just watch the movie! Hopefully I can persuade you more effectively than I could my brother to read these books before you see the movies!
These are all movies that have been out within the last 10 or so months (with the exception of the first which hasn’t come out yet!) so hopefully most of them you won’t have seen yet!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I loved this book. It follows the story of the disappearance of Amy Dunne on her fifth wedding anniversary as her husband, Nick, looks increasingly guilty in the aftermath. It was the kind of book I just couldn’t put down, I had to know what happened! I think it is written in such a clever way and it really challenged the way I assume things about characters in a book based on the story telling. It was a fascinating read and I’m really interested to see how it converts to a movie because I really enjoyed the structure of the book. This one is coming out next month!
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry
A short book, but really interesting. It is set in a utopian society where everyone has their positions within the society assigned to them. One person (‘the giver’) is the keeper of the memories of the truth of the world and it is now time for him to pass them on to a new ‘receiver of memories’. It’s a pretty easy read to knock over in a night if you’re that way inclined. This is another one I’ll be interested to see how it was adapted. I really enjoyed the concepts in this story and it was definitely one that got me thinking. This one is in cinemas now.
3. The Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant)
I think this is a fantastic series. I literally read all three in one weekend, I was just so hooked. The writing is really good and the story is just so interesting. It’s post-war society where people are separated into five ‘factions’ based on their dominant personality traits or where they place their value: selflessness (Abnegation), intelligence (Erudite), peacefulness/happiness (Amity), honesty (Candour) or bravery (Dauntless). It follows Tris, a teenage girl as she deals with figuring out who she is in this system. The first movie came out earlier this year and is just out on DVD/Blu Ray now. The movie did a pretty good job of adapting the book, but the books are just incredible. Great young adult fiction as well, for anyone with teenagers.
Same goes for the Hunger Games trilogy – so good.
4. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I adore this book! It is such an interesting perspective (it’s narrated by Death) and I think they did a really good job adapting it. I love Geoffrey Rush and he can do no wrong for me, so it was always destined to be a brilliant movie. The book is really lovely and has a lot of thought and emotion behind it and I just really enjoyed reading it. It follows the story of a young German girl during WWII stealing books and learning to read while her adoptive parents shelter a Jewish refugee in their basement. It’s a beautiful book and can’t recommend it highly enough!
5. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
I cried when I read this, which is a fairly common reaction so I’ve heard. It’s so hard for me to explain this book without saying too much, but bascially it’s the story of a terminally ill girl who falls in love. It’s a really interesting book and I really enjoyed reading it. I haven’t seen the movie yet (it was out while I was in Europe) but Shailene Woodley is one of my favourite new actresses (she is also the lead in Divergent) so no doubt she will do it well.
So those are my five favourite books that have been recently turned into movies. Do you read books before you see the movies? Have you read any of these?
(I don’t have any kind of affiliation with The Book Depository – it’s just an easy and cheap source of books!! That said, I generally either buy mine in person or on iBooks for when I’m travelling).