Top Ten Book Adaptations on my Radar this Year

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish. This week is freebie week, and I thought I’d focus on book adaptations since this is such a big year for books hitting the big screen.

These are the Book Adaptations on my radar- in order of release date:

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – June 6. I have my tickets and tissue pack ready!

2. Life Itself by Roger EbertJuly 4. I still feel Roger Ebert’s loss when I’m looking for movie reviews, and I usually agreed with his opinions on film. I haven’t read his memoir yet but the movie looks fascinating.

3. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais August 8. This foodie-film is from Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat), is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, and stars Helen Mirren. Some heavy hitters right there! It’s about an Indian family who open an inexpensive cafe a  hundred feet away from Helen Mirren’s fancy pants French restaurant, and she’s none too pleased. I totally want to read this now!

4.  The Giver by Lois Lowry – August 15. The new black & white posters are cool, aren’t they? I know book purists didn’t love the trailer, and I’ll certainly keep an eye on reviews.

5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – August 22. I really hope this movie lives up to the book. I’m pleased with the trailer and the casting, so we shall see!

6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn September 1. Big year for Ms. Flynn! I haven’t read this book yet, but maybe I’ll fit it in this summer. The film stars Charlize Theron, Nicolas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, and the very busy young actress Chloe Grace Moretz.

7. This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper – September 12. I shall be listening to the audiobook of this one soon. Click the pic to see the all-star case which includes: Rose Byrne, Tina Fey, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda and more. This is about a big family gathering  to mourn the Foxman family patriarch.

8. The Maze Runner by James Dashner – September 19. The trailer for this sci-fi dystopia looks cool- it sold me on the movie even though the book wasn’t really my thing.

9. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – October 3. I know this book has a lot of fans (me included) and I’m curious to see how the film compares. Especially since the ending was changed!

10. Mockingjay Part One by Suzanne CollinsNovember 21. That’s a picture of Julianne Moore (almost unrecognizable, no?) as President Coin. I wonder where the break in Part One will be- maybe with Peeta’s return? I know this movie is going to be intense.


More book adaptations to look forward to:

Insurgent by Veronica Roth – March 20, 2015

Mockingjay Part Two  by Suzanne Collins– November 20, 2015

Hold Still by Nina LaCour – Wrapping up post production work in June and will be submitting to festivals then. 

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger – Mae Whitman is attached to star, and production is expected to start this summer in Atlanta.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Expected to start shooting this August. (Directed by Tim Burton!)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – Chloe Grace Moretz is attached to star.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Expected to start shooting in 2015.

Are you interested in seeing any book adaptations this year or do you prefer to stick to the book?


27 thoughts on “Top Ten Book Adaptations on my Radar this Year

  1. bftreviews says:

    I can’t wait for The Maze Runner! Great list!
    Here’s mine:

  2. Allison says:

    I didn’t know If I Stay and The Duff were being adapted to film. Awesome! Thanks for putting those on my radar. I didn’t really like “If I Stay” when I read it, so I’m curious to see if you like it.

  3. BermudaOnion says:

    I’m anxious to see The Fault in Our Stars but I’m not so sure about Gone Girl – I’ve heard they’ve changed the ending.

  4. Tammy Sparks says:

    I’m definitely excited about Gone Girl, and of course, The Fault in Our Stars. Oh you are making me cry by mentioning Roger Ebert! I didn’t know they were making a movie of his book, but it’s totally appropriate, right? Awesome list, Lucy!

    1. Lucy says:

      Yup, totally appropriate! Life Itself is getting great reviews too (100% on Rotten Tomatoes!)

  5. I’m excited about The 5th Wave, Long Way Down, The Duff and the tv adaptation of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

  6. Keri B. says:

    They’re making a movie of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?!? That’s awesome! I, too, am looking forward to The Giver and The Fault in Our Stars. Great list. Here’s mine.

  7. Great list ! I’m from India and I’m now going to add The Hundred Foot Journey to my TBR 🙂 Here is my TTT

    1. Lucy says:

      Me too! The book looks excellent.

  8. fishgirl182 says:

    I am looking forward to all of these especially TFiOS, The Hundred Foot Journey and Gone Girl (which I still need to read). The Roger Ebert one looks interesting, too.

  9. You have some good ones listed. I really hope just one day gets adapted. I can’t wait for The fault in our stars! And paper towns too.

    1. Lucy says:

      Oh yeah, I forgot Paper Towns! That’s another one to look forward to in 2015. Just One Day would make an awesome movie 🙂

  10. Anne says:

    I would guess that the Mockingjay break would be Peeta’s return too. Right when he and Katniss are in the room together for the first time and he.. has a moment. 🙂 I’m also looking forward to Gone Girl and The Giver. Go adaptions!

    1. Lucy says:

      Yup, agreed! That scene kills me.

  11. Caitie F says:

    I am looking forward to these movie so much! They are almost never as good at the books, but I do enjoy seeing my favorite books on a screen. I am really looking forward to Life Itself. It is one of my favorite memoirs.

  12. So basically Chloe Grace Moretz is in every book-to-movie adaptation this year and next? 🙂 I didn’t know the end of Gone Girl was changed, I don’t think I like that. I’ll have to read Dark Places before the movie comes out, especially because I love Nicholas Hoult. Great idea for the freebie week!

    1. Lucy says:

      She’s in so many, right?? I don’t know why the same 3 actresses are in every adaptation. I like Nicholas Hoult too, though I’ve only seen him in Warm Bodies and About a Boy. The new ending of Gone Girl could be a good thing?? It is surprising that they are messing with a bestselling book like that though.

  13. I am excited about The Giver and The Maze Runner. I didn’t like Mockingjay (the book) but I have a feeling I will like the movie (just because my main complaint was katniss and I have a feeling that she will show more “oomph” in the movie)

  14. Rachel says:

    How did I not know about so many of these?? And how am I ever going to read them all before they come out *comes over faint* the publishing/movie industry needs to give us a break!

    My TTT:

  15. I’m looking forward to TFioS, The Maze Runner, Mockingjay, and now This is Where I Leave You, what an awesome cast! Will have to read the book! 😉

  16. Lindsay says:

    I’m looking forward to so many of these movies! I’m also really excited to see “Unbroken” in December — that’s based on one of my favorite books, an amazing WWII memoir.

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks for the tip on Unbroken! Directed by Angelina Jolie with a screenplay by the Coen brothers – wow! I’ll have to check out the book.

  17. kay says:

    TFiOS and If I Stay are definitely at the top of my list, as well as Flynn’s two adaptations – which means I really need to get on reading Dark Places! And The Giver, too. Great list!

    1. Lucy says:

      We should have a Dark Places read-along!

      1. kay says:

        We totally should! I pulled it from my shelf last night but haven’t started it yet. So I could definitely wait and plan for that! 😀

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  19. stacybuckeye says:

    I don’t know if you can change the end of Gone Girl and have it still pack a punch. I’d like to get This Is Where I Leave you read before the movie comes out but I’m not sure that’s going to happen 🙁

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