11 Books to Read Before They Become 2019’s Blockbusters
So when the next big film hits theatres, you can aggravate everyone around you by claiming: “the book was better.”
Date January 31, 2019
When Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians had its big Hollywood moment in 2018, year-over-year sales for the book trilogy increased 300 percent. After watching the lavish lives of Singapore’s elite come to life on film, fans were anxious to get their hands on the source material and dive deeper into the story.
The book isn’t always be better, but it does always offer more context. Which is why, if you love a story, you should both watch the film and flip through the pages that inspired it. And, in the midst of this high-profile book-adaptation boom, it seems you have ample opportunity: some of the biggest films of 2018—If Beale Street Could Talk, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Annihilation, A Wrinkle in Time, Boy Erased, Beautiful Boy, First Man—were adapted from best-sellers.
Here’s a rundown of the books you might want to pick up in preparation for 2019’s big-screen lineup:
A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron
A heartwarming—and likely tear-jerking—story about a dog’s 400-mile journey home to her human.
Starring… Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd
For fans of… Marley & Me, Homeward Bound, Old Yeller
The movie… A Dog’s Way Home
Coming to theatres… January 11
The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell
A grieving woman takes on multiple identities as she seeks revenge against the terrorists who killed her family.
Starring… Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown
For fans of… Kill Bill, Revenge, Red Sparrow
The movie… The Rhythm SectionComing to theatres… February 22
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
A boy abandons his home after learning a dark secret about its past. The twist? He lives on a planet where everyone can hear one another’s thoughts.
Starring… Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley
For fans of… Maze Runner, Divergent
The movie… Chaos Walking
Coming to theatres… March 1
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
15-year-old Bee comically narrates what happens when her mother, Bernadette Fox, goes missing before their family trip to Antarctica.
Starring… Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario
For fans of… Gone Girl, A Simple Favour
The movie… Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Coming to theatres… March 22
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