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The long-awaited Brad Pitt thriller (in theaters now) is fun, but die-hard fans swear the best-selling book is significantly better. Essentially a collection of anecdotes from survivors of the zombie apocalypse, World War Z is Max Brooks’s gripping account of how things might go down should the undead try to kill us all.
Based on the award-winning 2008 young adult novel by Sally Nicholls, Ways to Live Forever (in select theaters July 19) follows Sam, an 11-year-old boy with leukemia, as he documents the last few months of his life. Read the book first for a beautifully raw portrayal of a child facing his own mortality.
While we’re super interested to see Ashton Kutcher portray the late tech mogul in Jobs (in theaters August 16), Walter Isaacson’s biography is an absolute must-read if you really want to understand the guy. Based on more than 40 interviews over two years, the book offers unprecedented access into the life of one of the most prescient, prolific figures of our time.
In the film adaptation of Shannon Hale?s 2007 novel, Keri Russell plays Jane Hayes, a 30-something obsessed with another Jane: Austen. Though the flick (in theaters August 16) promises to be fabulous, the book is great for more serious Austen fans. It?s chock-full of insider jokes you can only ?get? from reading Mansfield Park six times. (Guilty!)
Oh man, are we pumped for Adore (in theaters September 6), which stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as friends who fall in love with each other?s sons--particularly since it?s based on Doris Lessing?s fantastically creepy novella ?The Grandmothers.? Pick up Lessing?s collection of the same name for a full sampling of the Nobel laureate?s impressive and theme-spanning work.
Residents of a small Maine town are blocked off from the rest of the world by an invisible barrier in Steven King’s 2009 sci-fi novel Under the Dome, now a 13-part miniseries currently airing on CBS (Mondays, 10/9c). Though it’s probably faster just to watch the show, King’s 1,074-page dystopian effort is definitely worth the read.
We know, we know, it’s not actually a book, but it’s still totally worth reading the 2010 Vanity Fair article that inspired director Sofia Coppola to create The Bling Ring (in theaters now). Devour the fast-paced and cringe-worthy read on your iPhone during the boring coming attractions.
As per usual, the summer movie lineup is a smorgasbord of muscular men in capes, unnecessary explosions and trash-talking animated snails. But amidst the crap, there is a small batch of exciting films that are--huzzah!--based on really good books.
Here, our rundown of what to read before you hit the multiplex.
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