2014 is a year which is looking promising when it comes to movie renditions of popular books. Which means that all you avid readers out there have to pick up the slack and finish off a few choice novels before their film versions hit the theatres – after all, we can’t have anyone going into a movie completely unaware of the subtle plot points and little details which we expect, nay demand be translated from page to screen!
So if you’re looking for some good reading to start off your 2014, look no further. Here are five books you should consider reading before you decide to hit the theatre to see the on-screen version:
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel is the only non-fiction work which will graze this list; which may be the big draw when it comes to seeing the film version. Learn something new about WWII then watch the film for a little more comedic relief. As long as the movie stays true to the underlying themes of the book, it looks like it should be a promising success!
The Giver by Lois Lowry is a must-read classic and if you haven’t had the chance to pick it up, you’ve been missing out! In my opinion, The Giver is one of the original YA dystopian novels before a lot of these overnight wonders began to become the going fad. It’s a fantastically written book so hopefully the film version (sorry, no trailer out yet) will live up to everyone’s expectations.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has been making a ruckus on the bookish stratosphere for some time now, and when a non-bookish friend of mine told me he had read the entire book in one sitting and even cried at the end, I knew it was going to be something big. Which it is. This book is poignantly humorous and terrifyingly real at the same time. We can only wait and see if the movie rendition does this book justice!
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has spawned a series of love-hate relationships with almost every reader I know. Although I haven’t yet had the chance to delve into this novel, I’ve been told that the characters are so dislikable that you can’t help but like it (we’ve all read those types of books). With such interesting characters and plotlines, the movie should manage to keep us all happy (and it has Ben Affleck in it – bonus points!).
Divergent by Veronica Roth is the first in a trilogy of books which will hopefully become a movie trilogy as well. This series seems to have it all: dystopian society? Check. Young protagonist searching for sense of self? Check. Plenty of adventure to keep you riveted until the last page? Check. The film version is slated to release in March of this year so you better get busy reading!
There are plenty of other book to movie renditions coming out in 2014, so if I didn’t mention one that you’re truly looking forward to, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts. In the meantime, cheers to a new year full of new and surprising possibilities. :)