As you all know by now, I am a huge book lover & it is pretty much how I spend most of my downtime & my main form of relaxation. Followed very closely by that is watching tv shows & films! Combine the two & I am a very happy girl. There have been some amazing book to movie/tv show adaptations (Harry Potter OBVIOUSLY, The Fault In Our Stars, Me Before You – to name a few) but there have also been some bad adaptations (The Mortal Instruments/Shadowhunters tv series, The 5th Wave movie).
I am very sceptical when it comes to books being adapted for the screen, whether that is a full movie or a tv mini series. Especially when it is a book I love – which is the case this year! I thought I would share my top 10 book to movie adaptations of 2019.
BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS
1. THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO – PATRICK NESS// 1st March 2019
This YA/Sci-Fi adaptation follows the only boy in a town of men (Tom Holland) as he abandons his home after learning a dark secret about its past. Set on an alien planet where inhabitants can hear each other’s thoughts. A journey in which the boy must unlearn everything he knows to figure out who he truly is. Also stars Daisy Ridley.
2. WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? – MARIA SEMPLE// 22nd March 2019
This comedic novel is narrated by 15-year-old Bee, whose mother, Bernadette Fox, goes missing right before a planned family trip to Antarctica. The novel is told through emails and memos, as well as Bee’s thoughts. Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process. Stars Cate Blanchett.
3. FIVE FEET APART – RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT// 22nd March 2019
This YA novel was signed for an adaptation before the book was even released! The story follows a sick teen named Stella who is forced to remain six feet away from everything in order to prevent infections ahead of a lung transplant. Of course, she meets Will, another sick teen, and the pair fall in love, potentially putting Stella’s health at risk.
I have recently finished this book and really, really enjoyed it so I have high hopes for the adaptation! It stars Cole Sprouse who I love in Riverdale, as Will.
4. PET SEMETARY – STEPHEN KING// 5th April 2019
King’s horrifying novel about a cat that comes back to life with malicious intent was made into a film in 1989 and is getting a second adaptation now. The story focuses on Louis Creed and his family, who bury their recently deceased cat in an old pet cemetery after they move to Maine. When Louis’s son tragically dies, he is also buried in the haunted grounds… sounds freaky as FUCK, LOL.
5. AFTER – ANNA TODD// 12th April 2019
When Tessa arrives at college she meets a renegade named Hardin, a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.. Although Tessa has a boyfriend back home, she gets a little obsessed with Hardin. This is the first in a series of novels—the story began as One Direction fan fiction centred about Harry Styles, also written by Anna Todd!
6. THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – NICOLA YOON // 17th May 2019
This story alternates between the perspectives of its two main characters, Natasha and Daniel, who fall in love in NYC right before Natasha’s family is set to be deported. The themes are poignant, especially in today’s political climate.
I absolutely love Nicola Yoon as an author – she also wrote Everything, Everything which was adapted into a movie in 2017 & I really enjoyed. I have read The Sun Is Also A Star and whereas I preferred Everything Everything, I really enjoyed it & can’t wait to see the film.
7. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW – A.J. FINN// 4th October 2019
Anna is an agoraphobe in New York who spends her time watching her new neighbours through her windows. When she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed to see, she has to figure out what’s real and how to deal with it. Starring Amy Adams & Gary Oldman.
8. LITTLE WOMEN – LOUSIA MAY ALCOTT// 25th December 2019
Four very different sisters are raised by their mother in Massachusetts as they come into womanhood and find their way in the world after the civil war. The March sisters have become classic characters, appearing in several film and TV adaptations. I am so excited for this film! It has such an amazing female cast including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson & Meryl Streep – who I am huge fans of!
9. THE SECRET GARDEN – FRACIS HODGSON BURNETT// TBA
An uppity young girl named Mary Lennox is sent to live with her wealthy uncle, Archibald Craven, in England after the death of her parents. In his mansion, Misselthwaite Manor, Mary discovers her sickly cousin as well as a hidden, overgrown garden, which she begins to tend. The children’s novel is set in the early 20th century, but the new adaptation of the book will bring the story forward several decades and change some of the climactic plot points. Stars Colin Firth & Julie Walters (YAY).
I loved the original adaptation of this so i’m really intrigued. I hope they do it justice…
10. ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES – JENNIFER NIVEN// TBA
My most anticipated movie…ever. Also one of my all time favourite books, if not my absolute favourite (aside from the Harry Potter series).
Two teens, Theodore Finch and Violet Markey, find themselves thrown together after they both plan to jump off the school bell tower at the same time. Drawn together in this intimate way, they start to help each other heal—but it’s not easy going. It is incredibly eye-opening and just a slight heads up… ya gonna need tissues. Starring Elle Fanning & Justice Smith.