Read the Book First
Fall Movie Edition
We would never say that Hollywood doesn’t have an original bone in its body, but c’mon, you can’t deny the fact that the best movies almost always start out as books. The next few months will bring adaptations from Jonathan Tropper, Judith Viorst and even the great Gillian Flynn. Here, our primer on what to read before you hit the theater.
"This Is Where I Leave You" (In theaters)
Jonathan Tropper is one of the sharpest and funniest writers of our time. His best-selling This Is Where I Leave You--about four siblings who come together in the wake of their father’s death--is 100 percent worth a read, particularly before seeing the Tina Fey/Jason Bateman flick.
"Men, Women & Children" (October 17)
We can all agree that the Internet is full of creepers, but Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) renders it particularly terrifying in his new film about teenagers and parents (Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler) glued to their screens while navigating the pressures of suburbia. Read the Chad Kultgen book first for ultimate effect.
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" (October 10)
We love you, Judith Viorst, for teaching us that sometimes life just...sucks. Reread the 1972 classic before taking the fam to see Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play frazzled parents to the ill-fated Alexander.
"The Theory of Everything" (November 7)
While there is a Stephen Hawking book called The Theory of Everything, the film of the same name is actually based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity. Both the book and the movie explore the tumultuous relationship between the brilliant physicist and his first wife.