12 book-to-film adaptations to watch out for
Looking for a brilliant book? We all know that some of the best films started their lives as books – so whether you're a reader or a watcher first, check out these 12 books hitting the big screen this year
1. The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes' Booker-Prize-winning novel is the portrayal of a man's life as it unravels before his own eyes. The film follows retired business owner Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) who becomes increasingly obsessed with events and people in his past (shown through flashbacks) perhaps more so than his current life, which includes pregnant daughter Susie. The Sense of an Ending is a thoughtful and intriguing look at getting older and the narratives we tell ourselves about our lives, and is already being enjoyed by Mumsnetters.
“Wonderfully written, very moving, poignant book. Thought-provoking and sad, but enjoyable.”
The film: “Absolutely loved it – totally marvellous. Appeals to both head and heart.”
In cinemas: now! You'll have to be speedy if you want to read it beforehand, but luckily it's a quick one at just 150 pages.Buy the book
2. My Cousin Rachel
A young Englishman (Sam Claflin) plots against his beautiful and mysterious cousin, believing that she is his godfather's murderer. But complications arise when he finds himself – somewhat inconveniently – falling for her. Starring Rachel Weisz as the titular character, this Daphne Du Maurier adaptation looks to be suspenseful viewing.
“Beautifully written by Du Maurier of course. I am a big fan of her writing and not sure why I haven't read this book before. Loved it.”
In cinemas: 9 JuneBuy the book
3. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Overly imaginative pranksters George and Harold hypnotise their principal into thinking he's an idiotic (yet very enthusiastic) superhero named Captain Underpants. Whilst the books have garnered mixed reviews from Mumsnetters themselves – some saying they felt “physically sick” and others admitting to rather enjoying the humour – they have proved very good for reluctant readers, and we're sure this summer film will be a hit.
“I love Captain Underpants. It's totally American, but it knocks that loathsome Horrid Henry into a cocked hat.”
“I love the Captain Underpants books which I'm now re-reading all over again to my son.”
In cinemas: 28 JulyBuy the book
4. The Dark Tower
Mumsnetters certainly don't hold back with their love for Stephen King – and this year we're very excited to be treated to two film adaptations of his work (see below). Combine that with their – ahem – enthusiasm for Idris Elba who plays the lead role as The Gunslinger, and we've got a surefire hit on our hands.
“I'm on my third re-reading of The Dark Tower, which is an incredible series. I can't imagine any other writer being able to put himself into books and pull it off, yet somehow it works.”
“The Dark Tower is a MUST READ. I do it every year, at least once, all the way through.”
In cinemas: 18 AugustBuy the book
5. Everything Everything
This young adult novel adaptation about a teenage bookworm with a rare disease looks to be a heart-warming story about first love, growing up and being different.
“Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon is a lovely story of a girl who is allergic to everything but strikes up a relationship with the boy next door.”
“Everything Everything is great.”
In cinemas: 18 AugustBuy the book
Scary clowns will forever be the stuff of nightmares and as we're a generous bunch, we haven't included a picture of Pennywise as we know that some of you are a little sensitive. In this classic heart-stopper, the children in a neighbourhood in Maine team up to fight against the horrific clown, played by Bill Skarsgård (Alexander's younger brother). But can it beat the 1990 TV adaptation? Could anyone ever be as fantastic and iconic as Tim Curry?
“I genuinely think Stephen King is a genius. My favourite is IT; I honestly think it's the best book about childhood ever written.”
The film: “I think it looks awesome. I can't wait, and I'm not a fan of remakes usually!”
In cinemas: 8 SeptemberBuy the book
7. The Snowman
No not that The Snowman… Definitely not a warm and fuzzy Christmas film, this is the second adaptation of Norweigan crime writer Jo Nesbø's work, to follow the excellent Headhunters. When a woman disappears leaving only a pink scarf behind, wrapped around a scary-looking snowman, Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) sets out to investigate.
“I love Nesbo and this is probably one of best that I have read so far. If you like gruesome killings and plots that twist and turn then you'll like this.”
In cinemas: 13 OctoberBuy the book
8. Murder on the Orient Express
The star-studded cast is as much as we know at the moment about this Agatha Christie adaptation and remake – from Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot, to the other passengers including Johnny Depp, Olivia Colman and Judi Dench.
“This is a wonderful 'whodunnit', staged on the Orient Express as it makes its way west. The train is stopped in a blizzard and one of the passengers is found stabbed to death in his compartment.”
“It's a classic for a reason. Even though I have watched the films and the TV version many times, I still enjoyed the book.”
In cinemas: 24 NovemberBuy the book
Based on the bestselling children's book by R J Palacio, Wonder is the story of Auggie – a boy born with a severe facial abnormality who has been homeschooled, up until now. The film will see Auggie battle through fifth grade, played by Jacob Tremblay, the much-lauded lead of last year's sensational adaptation of Room, and Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as his parents.
“It's truly an awesome book and one I thrust at children whenever I can!”
“My son said he probably wouldn't have been friends with someone like Auggie before reading the book but would now. I really do think it's had an impact on his outlook.”
In cinemas: 8 DecemberBuy the book
The UK release dates for these films haven't been announced yet, which gives you even more time to read the book, forget what happens, and be as surprised as your friends at the end.
10. The Dinner
The Dinner is centred around a meal at which two couples meet to talk out a disturbing incident concerning their children. This is actually the third adaptation of the book by Herman Koch and this time, the setting has moved from Holland to the US. The tense psychological drama stars Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Richard Gere. A good one for fans of the similarly plotted Roman Polanski film Carnage.
“I loved it, especially the husband/wife dynamic, and couldn't make up my mind who was the most 'evil' character. Interestingly the politician seemed to have the greatest integrity in the end. I think it would make an excellent film.”
“I thought it was really gripping. Loved the way the pathos was built around the various courses.”Buy the book
11. The Circle
Dave Eggers' The Circle has got rave reviews from Mumsnetters and around the web, and it certainly feels like poignant reading for the current times. When Mae (Emma Watson) lands her dream job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, she discovers that the business has a criminal agenda. Perfect for fans of The Social Network.
“Probably one of the most significant in terms of where we are now with social media and the commercialisation of private life. I thought it quite chillingly prescient and I've thought about it a lot since.”
“Everyone I know has loved this dystopian novel. I couldn't put it down – it's so sinister.”Buy the book
12. Before I Fall
Samantha Kingston has it all: the perfect friends, the ideal guy, and what looks to be a fitting future. Then, one day, everything changes. She must relive the same day over and over to save not only herself, but also the lives of those around her. One to watch and discuss after with your teenager.
“Superb YA Mean-Girls-meets-Groundhog-Day. Moving and convincingly written.”
“My Year Eight girls are currently raving about Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. One of them said it's changed the way she looks at her life!”Buy the book