5 Books to Read Before You See the Movies
Read now, watch later
What do Emma Watson, Taraji P. Henson and Jessica Chastain have in common? Well, aside from being our girl crushes, they’re all starring in film adaptations of wonderful books in the next few months. But before you check out these flicks on the big screen, read the books that inspired them first. That way you'll know what you’re getting into. (Spoiler alert: Really great stuff.)
“Hidden Figures” (January 6)
In the adaptation of Margot Lee Shetterly’s nonfiction book, Taraji P. Henson stars as Katherine Johnson, an African-American physicist and mathematician who made fundamental contributions to Apollo 11, the first spaceflight that landed humans on the moon.
“50 Shades Darker” (February 10)
Yes, it’s absolutely ridiculous, but if the film version of E.L. James’s first NSFW novel is any indication, it’s so bad, it’s entertaining.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” (March 31)
This Jessica Chastain-led tearjerker is based on Diane Ackerman’s 2007 book about the unpublished diaries of Antonina Żabińska, a Polish woman who helped save the lives of 300 Jews imprisoned in Warsaw in 1939.
“The Lost City of Z” (April 21)
It’s almost too crazy to be real, but David Grann’s 2009 nonfiction book about Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who, in 1925, disappeared in the Amazon with his son while searching for The Lost City of Z, is the fodder for this thrilling flick.
“The Circle” (April 28)
Cue the paranoia. Dave Eggers’s 2013 science fiction drama about a tech worker (Emma Watson) who joins a powerful Internet company is sure to freak you out about technology’s increasing omnipresence. (Ps: Tom Hanks also stars.)