Hollywood is adapting a swing of literary fiction, graphic novels, and non-fiction masterpieces to grace the big screen. To jumpstart your reading list, here are 5 of the most exciting movie adaptations this year!
- Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
In this sequel to Alice in Wonderland, Alice returns to the fantastical world and discovers that time moves backwards in the Looking-Glass world. The novel carries her through several adventures, gets her kidnapped by the Red Knight, and pits her against the Red Queen in order to save the Mad Hatter.
Alice Through the Looking Glass might not get as much attention as the first novel, but ahead of the second film adaptation, you should definitely read it.
Who stars in it: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska
Film release date: May 27, 2016
- Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This romance novel places Will Traynor and Louisa Clark together after both suffering a major setback in their lives. More than a love story, theirs is a story of the bravery and sustained effort needed to re-direct the path of a life pushed off-course. Prepare your hearts of steel. This one’s a tearjerker.
Who stars in it: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Matthew Lewis
Film release date: June 3, 2016
- The Big Friendly Giant (The BFG) by Roald Dahl
This classic children’s book tells the story of Sophie who befriended her captor, the Big Friendly Giant (the “BFG”). Sophie also helps him deal with the other giants who consider him an outcast for refusing to eat children. Together, the two of them try to stop other monsters from eating children.
Who stars in it: Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader
Film release date: July 1, 2016
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
We’re (finally) being blessed with another movie from the world of Harry Potter! This book introduces Newt Scamander, aka J.K. Rowling, several decades before Harry ever read his textbook and describes a plethora of magical species located all over the world.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be the first in a trilogy of films and is sure to be every bit as wonderful as we imagined it from the book.
Who stars in it: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell
Film release date: November 18, 2016
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
After a family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Jacob journeys to a remote island and discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores the hallways of the building, the mystery and danger deepen as he realizes that the children were more than just peculiar and powerful — they may have been dangerous, and possibly still alive.
Who stars in it: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench
Film release date: December 25, 2016