7 Books to Read Before They Become Movies
Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks
Do you ever pause as you’re reading a book and start casting the imaginary movie version in your head? We certainly do. So it’s really cool when amazing books are actually given the Hollywood treatment (hey, Girl on the Train). That, plus six other books hitting the big screen this fall, below.
“The Light Between Oceans” (September 2)
Based on the novel by M. L. Stedman, this big-screen drama is about a lighthouse keeper (a jobthat seems to exist only in novels) and his wife, played by real-life couple and all-around beautiful people Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. The two start raising a baby girl who was lost at sea (stay with us) until they encounter Rachel Weisz, who mysteriously lost her baby daughter at sea. Yes, it’s kind of predictable, but it’s a terrific end-of-summer read.
“Queen of Katwe” (September 23)
In 2012, former Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Crothers published The Queen of Katwe: One Girl's Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion about Phiona Mutesi, a Ugandan chess prodigy. Read the tremendously inspiring story before seeing the film this fall, which stars Selma’s David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (September 30)
Tim Burton is back at it again with the weird movies. (We mean that in the best way.) This time he’s taking on Ransom Riggs’s dark fantasy about a young boy who time travels to a home for strangely gifted children with “peculiarities” like invisibility, superhuman strength and prophetic dreams. With a cast that includes Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Samuel L. Jackson and DameJudi Dench, this isn’t one to miss.
“The Girl on the Train” (October 7)
At this point, pretty much everyone in the world has read Paula Hawkins’s gripping psychological thriller, but if you haven’t, now’s the time. The Girl on the Train hits the big screen this October, with Emily Blunt starring as an alcoholic struggling to keep her life together. Read it first because A) it’s totally addictive and B) there are a bunch of differences between the book and the movie (namely, it’s set in Westchester, New York, not London).
“American Pastoral” (October 21)
Philip Roth’s acclaimed 1997 novel introduced us to the Levov family, who grapple with the social and political turmoil of the 1960s and the radicalization of daughter Merry. Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and also stars alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning (as Merry). The book won a Pulitzer, so yeah, you should read it, but we have a feeling the film won’t disappoint either.
“Inferno” (October 28)
Admit it: As outlandish and absurdly dramatic as Dan Brown’s novels are, they’re damn fun to watch in movie form. Post-Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, we find Tom Hanks’s Robert Langdon faced with his hardest puzzle yet: a world-saving manhunt based on Dante’s Inferno. We have no shame about being excited for this.
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (November 18)
Calling all Potterheads: J.K. Rowling’s 2001 book about the creatures in the Harry Potter universe is now a film. Starring Eddie Redmayne as the eccentric wizard Newt Scamander, it’s set in New York City 70 years before Harry comes along and it looks just as magical as you’d expect. Also, a heads-up to jump on this train early: Fantastic Beasts is the first in a trilogy.