There aren't many things that spark as much excitement at a movie theater as the film adaptation of a popular book. (Except maybe the popcorn.) With the success of films like Divergent and the Harry Potter series, it’s no wonder movie producers often look to books for their next project. Go beyond The Hunger Games, and discover other fabulous books with this guide! The upcoming months are jam-packed with book-to-film crossovers, so if you’re a book lover with a penchant for films, you’re in luck! 

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper  

Audience favorites Tina Fey and Jason Bateman star in this hilariously poignant look at the absurdity and chaos of family, coming to theaters on September 19. 

Judd Foxman's father's dying wish was that his estranged family would come together under one roof to observe shiva. That means seven days and nights together, and as you can imagine, longstanding issues are brought up. 


Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith 

Based on the acclaimed first book of the Child 44 trilogy, the movie version, starring the swoon-worthy Tom Hardy, is set to be a chilling, suspense-filled blockbuster. War hero Leo Demidov is introduced as an obedient government worker in Soviet Russia. Without question, he carries out the cruelest of deeds in service to his country. However, things begin to change for Leo as he realizes there's a serial killer targeting children in a world where crime, on the record, doesn't exist. As he attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the murder, it becomes clear that if he continues to search for the killer, his world will be ripped apart. The trailer has yet to be released, but we have it on good word that the movie will be coming out in October!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Two years after its release, readers are still buzzing about this dark psychological thriller. And with the much-hyped movie starring Ben Affleck hitting theaters on October 3, it looks like this girl is far from gone. 

After his wife goes missing, Nick's picture-perfect life begins to fall apart under scrutiny. Is his role as grieving husband just an act? Was their marriage happy? Or did something dark and bitter grow between husband and wife that led to sinister deeds? A sharp, gripping mystery filled with chilling revelations, it's no wonder this book was such a hit. From the looks of the trailer, the movie will be just as disturbing.


The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais 

With its beautiful, colorful settings of Mumbai and the French countryside and mouth-watering descriptions of dishes, this book was basically begging to be made into a movie. And this movie's got star power, too: Oprah and Steven Spielberg are listed as producers, and the inimitable Helen Mirren plays the snobby French chef. Following the Haji family as they cope with tragedy and find success, all with the help of culinary traditions both old and new, the film adaptation will be in theaters August 8. 


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This movie, coming out this August, is bound to be a hit, because if there's one thing teens love it's sobbing in movie theaters. (Or during movie trailers. No shame.) Mia's life is pretty fabulous. She's about to get into Julliard thanks to her incredible musical talent, and she's got a lovely boyfriend. But tragedy arrives in the form of a car accident, and her world is obliterated. She lands in a coma, and she is faced with the choice of waking up to a world she doesn't recognize, or leaving it forever. 


Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

The trailer for this movie, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth and set for a September 12, gave me chills! If you put Gone Girl and Memento into a blender, Before I Go to Sleep might be the result. Christine wakes up every morning with no memory. Apparently, she's married, and a doctor has been trying to solve the mystery of her amnesia. But beyond that, she knows nothing. Christine begins to gather clues about her life on the sly, and as strange things begin to come to light about the people surrounding her, she grows more confused, and everything begins to take on a sinister sheen. Only one thing is clear to Christine: Trust no one. But can she even trust herself?  


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Angelina Jolie directs the film adaptation of Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller, the remarkable true story of one of the Greatest Generation’s greatest heroes. Louis Zamperini was already an Olympic track star when the journey that would reshape his life began. Zamperini's hopes of breaking a four-minute mile are put on hold when he is drafted into the Army Air Corps during WWII, and in 1943, his plane goes down, leaving him stranded in the middle of the ocean with very little hope of survival. But rescue arrives, paradoxically, in the form of the enemy. Zamperini is taken to a Japanese POW camp, where he is treated with abject cruelty by captors that hope to destroy him. Ultimately, Zamperini's life is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and the overwhelming drive to survive. Set for a Christmas Day release, the film is a fitting tribute to Zamperini, who recently passed away at the age of 97. 


A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

The movie adaptation of this darkly humorous novel, now in theaters, follows four people who meet by chance on a rooftop, intent on offing themselves. With characteristic Hornby style, sure to be reflected in the movie, he takes what could very easily be quite tragic and turns the tale on its head. As an unlikely bond forms between the four radically different characters, they must each face their own demons and decide, ultimately, if they're worth living with. 


Wild by Cheryl Strayed 

Sometimes, in order to recover from the grief of loss, it's best to get away. Very, vary far away if you're Cheryl Strayed. Starring Reese Witherspoon as Strayed, the film adaptation of her memoir is set for a December 5 opening. 

Reeling from the death of her mother and the dissolution of her marriage, Strayed decided to hike more than 1,000 miles, through Oregon and California, by herself. With no training for such an endeavor, the start of the journey is pretty bumpy. But the more she experiences, the more she learns, and by the end of trail, she is stronger, wiser and far more capable. 

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

If you enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love (both the book and movie version), you'll be sure to enjoy this film. An exploration of true happiness, the movie, set for a late September release, stars the ever-charming Simon Pegg. But what, really, is happiness, anyway? One psychiatrist, depressed by his own patients' depression, wants to find out, and travels the world in search of the true source of happiness. 


So moviegoers and book lovers, which film are you most excited about seeing? 



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