A lot could be said about the movie industry these days, but one thing remains the same: Hollywood is always after a good story.
With some of the best book-to-movie adaptations coming out later this year, we thought we’d give you a head start. Honestly, is there a better way to spend an afternoon than with a good book while staying hydrated with a cold beverage of your choice? (I. Think. Not.)
So, here they are! The seven books that are not only bookclub worthy but are sure to grab your attention. Fingers crossed that there aren't any glaring cinematic changes that are downright unforgivable.
1. Fahrenheit 451
Release Date: May 19th on HBO
If you went to a public school in the US and had an English teacher that was woke AF, you’ve probably read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Ironically, this book is also a staple on the Banned Books list, which means only one thing: It's an absolute must read!
Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a dystopian future where the sole purpose of a fireman is to burn books. Yes, this book has been adapted before, but it's time for a facelift — and what better time than now!
HBO’s presentation of Fahrenheit 451 will star none other than Michael B. Jordan as our beloved protagonist, Guy Montag. (Which makes total sense considering how hot Jordan is!) And, if the trailer is any indication of what to expect, then the exciting TV adaptation will mirror where we are today as a society — and possibly — where we’re headed.
2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: August 17th
What would you do if everyone you’ve ever had "the feels" for found out exactly how you felt about them… at the same time?! Yes, I agree: It wouldn’t be ideal, but at least the odds of someone swiping right would be somewhat in your favor.
Based on the YA novel by Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before follows 16-year-old Lara (Lana Condor), who has a thing about writing love letters she never intends to send. In these love letters, Lara allows herself to express some of her most intimate thoughts and deepest desires about the five boys she’s “loved” in her very young life.
One day, Lara's letters are mailed out — irreversible in the same way as sending a Snap or DM at three in the morning might be. What's worse? Lara can't even deny she wrote these letters! Every single one of Lara's Romeos now has a handwritten copy detailing things that are far too embarrassing to say out loud.
3. Where'd You Go Bernadette
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: October 19th
15-year-old Bee is not only her mother, Bernadette’s, best friend, but she's also her mother's biggest supporter. Bee is probably the only one who truly understands Bernadette and all of her eccentricities. (Sound familiar?) One day, Bernadette goes missing, and it’s up to Bee to gather every bit of evidence or correspondence her mother left behind and track her down… in Antarctica!
When it comes to mother-daughter relationships, Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette proves there's no distance a doting daughter wouldn't travel for her beloved mother! With the fabulous Cate Blanchett set to star as Bernadette, this trip is sure to be a riot.
4. The Hate U Give
Release Date: TBA
Based on the YA novel by Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give tells a story so fresh and relevant, it could fit in with our weekly news coverage! The story centers around Starr (Amandla Stenberg), a young African-American girl who attends a mostly white, prep school but lives in a mostly poor, black neighborhood. One day, Starr witnesses her childhood friend, Khalil (Algee Smith), get shot and killed by a police officer.
As Starr moves back and forth between these polarizing worlds, she realizes that she must find her voice and define her own sense of justice within the disparate communities she occupies. The Hate U Give might just be one of the most powerful films of the year, offering us an up close and personal look at a family affected by the real-life stories we hear about every day.
5. Crazy Rich Asians
Release Date: August 17th
If you’ve dated someone long enough, you know things are getting pretty serious when it's time to “meet the parents.” Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians tells the story of Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), an American-born Chinese woman who discovers her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) is mega rich and — as Nick admits — China’s equivalent to Prince Harry!
Leaving the States is one thing, but entering the world of the rich and powerful (from your mother country, no less), would be overwhelming for anyone. To top it off, Rachel is trying to make a good impression on her boyfriend’s mother (played by the legendary Michelle Yeoh) who already disapproves of her for being an outsider. Seriously, who would blame Rachel for wanting to take a vacation from this vacation? (Just when you thought "meeting the parents" at the local Olive Garden was daunting, here comes Rachel and her crazy situation to put things into perspective.)
6. Mary, Queen of Scots
Genre: Historical Drama
Release Date: December 7th
Who’s ready for some drama between queens? And no, I’m not talking about RuPaul's Drag Race. I'm talking about the epic, historical showdown between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots! (Yeah, I didn't pay attention in history class either, but wait until you get a load of this!)
Based on the biography by John Guy, Mary, Queen of Scots stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart. Her highness serves as the Queen of France, and later returns to Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. When Scotland and England fall under the rule of Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), the struggle to maintain position and power under Queen Elizabeth I leads Mary down a path of corruption, rebellion, and self-destruction!
Sounds good, right?! And judging by the fabulous costumes and epic wigs, Robbie and Ronan are out here serving the girls nothing short of queen realness!
7. The Bell Jar
Release Date: TBA
Okay, maybe it’s a little too early to get excited about this one, but if you’re like me and have gone through a Sylvia Plath phase in your life, then you have no reason not to be living for this moment! Plath’s The Bell Jar tells the story of Ester Greenwood, a talented young writer who gets a job at a reputable fashion magazine, only to be confronted by her mental illness in the midst of it all.
Mind you, The Bell Jar is set in the 1950s and based on Plath's own experiences. This was at a time when women were giving us nothing short of Betty from Mad Men — to be anything less than the ideal women with perfectly polished pearls was definitely unacceptable and likely to land you in the chair.
Not only did Dunst have her hand in adapting the screenplay for The Bell Jar, but this project will also mark her directorial debut. Oh, and Dakota Fanning is set to play Ester Greenwood. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it?