Summer Season: Top Books Made into Films

Summer Season: Top Books Made into Films

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Sept 2014)

The book follows Hassan and his family as they eat their way around the world before settling in a small town in the French Alps and opening an Indian restaurant. The book is endearing and cultural, but how will the movie compare? Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, Dame Helen Mirren stars as Madame Mallory, who runs a Michelin-starred French restaurant and takes Hassan under her wing.

A Most Wanted Man (Sept 2014)

This adaptation of John le Carre’s 2008 novel sees the late Philip Seymour Hoffman play Gunther Bachmann. A suspected terrorist is on the loose in Hamburg and Hoffman plays a rogue German agent on a mission to stamp out any terrorism. He is the ideal fit for the role and plays it very convincingly. However, in the book we found ourselves a little more attached to the characters, with tense and humorous undertones keeping us guessing until the very last page.

The Giver (Aug 2014)

The Giver was an international bestseller, translated into 30 languages, and so the film adaption is highly anticipated by fans of the book across the world. The tale is set in a world where everyone is equal, diseases have been eradicated and society is under control. With an all-star cast, including Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift, we’re looking forward to seeing if the film can manage to create the dystopian feel that the book did. The film certainly received the thumbs-up from the book’s author, Lois Lowry, who has featured on a marketing poster, stating: “If you loved the book, take my word for it – you’ll love the movie as well”.

If I Stay (Aug 2014)

The heart-breaking and captivating tale of Mia – a talented 17-year-old musician who is involved in a horrific car accident – is hitting our screens this summer. She is unconscious and faces an out-of-body experience where she must choose between leaving a life of pain or facing the harsh reality of the accident’s aftermath. Will Chloe Grace Moretz be able to bring Mia’s story to life? The book was hopeful, uplifting and gripping; we hope the film will be the same.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 2014)

A gripping but disturbing fable, Planet of the Apes is a classic science fiction novel. The franchise of Planet of the Apes films are all very loosely based on the original story and, while Andy Serkis’ performance in this latest release has been highly-praised, we still have a soft spot for the original classic book from 1963.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (July 2014)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is full of special effects to rival the likes of Avatar, but it is in fact the exploits of Hiccups in the original series of books by author Cressida Cowell that was the inspiration behind the films. If your kids (or you) are yet to read the books, you are seriously missing out. Follow Hiccup’s journey to become a dragon whisperer and Viking warrior and you’ll see why they’re such a hit with both children and adults alike.

The Fault in our Stars

The Fault in our Stars (June 2014)

John Green’s story is hilarious and honest, exposing the anger, fear and grief that come with a terminal illness. Just as the book was an emotional read, it was also a heartrending couple of hours on the big screen. In fact, it was an extremely faithful adaptation, with much of the dialogue lifted word-for-word from the book. Some of the story is trimmed and condensed, and the focus of the film is more on the love story than the reality of the character’s afflictions. However, Nat Wolff (who plays Issac) brings some much needed humour to the film.

What have you thought of this summer’s releases so far? Can a film ever really compare to the book? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.