As fast-paced as the viral nature of digital entertainment is, literature remains to be a rich well of ideas for good movies. Your enjoyment of a good book becomes even richer when you see how it gets interpreted onscreen, especially when you find a community where you can talk to others about your impressions and experience.
So you may not realize it, but there are a lot of box office hits (recent, current, and future) that are based on books. From rom-coms to fantasy films, the big screen has been dipping into the stories that writers have put to page. Awesome, right? We pick eight of the ones we’re currently loving. Which ones are yours?
1. To All the Boys I Loved Before, National Bookstore
Based on a 2014 novel by Jenny Han, this big hit is all about the #feels. It will take you back to when love was innocent and pure, making you remember what young love is truly all about. Not to mention, you’ll love the actors cast in the film adaptation: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, Emilija Baranac, Israel Broussard, and John Corbett.
2. Call Me By Your Name, Fullybooked
It’s refreshing to see how movies these days also present the romantic experiences of the LGBTQA community. They deserve to see their stories onscreen too! Set in beautiful Italy, Elio’s and Oliver’s love story of self-discovery is based on the book of the same title by Andre Acriman.
3. Crazy Rich Asians, Powerbooks
If you’re one of the very few who hasn’t jumped on the Crazy Rich Asians train yet, you better get on it as you’re missing out. Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, caricature-like take on the wealthiest living on this side of the globe will have you laughing even momentarily at the striking differences in the lives between the haves and the have-nots.
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, Fullybooked
It’s fun to have witnessed JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series grow into a franchise far bigger than just The Boy Who Lived. In the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we get to follow the travels of the wizard Grindlewald, and in the process increase our knowledge of the magical world and its amazing creatures.
5. Fahrenheit 451, Fullybooked
Ray Bradbury’s vision of a world where books are burned and individual opinions are suppressed is everything you want a futuristic dystopia thriller to be. When firefighter Guy Montag starts to question his job of burning books, it sparks a thoughtful if dangerous examination of the meaning of books, knowledge, and freedom.
6. The Bell Jar, Fullybooked
You’ll want to catch the story Esther Greenwood, written by Sylvia Plath. As one of the most enduring American classics, The Bell Jar tackles the ironies in life and how sometimes, it is best to just the take the good with the bad.