Here are five books you should read before they hit the big screen.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Sixteen-year-old Hazel is a stage IV thyroid cancer patient who has accepted her terminal diagnosis until she meets fellow cancer survivor Augustus Waters and the two fall in love, despite their inevitable fate. This story is both hilarious and heart-wrenching. Coming to the big screen on June 6, 2014 and starring Shailene Woodley.
The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais. When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. The hundred foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. Opening August 8th and starring Helen Mirren; produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
The Giver by Lowis Lowry. In this classic young adult novel everything is perfect: diseases have been eradicated, everyone is equal and society is under control. Each person is assigned a position in the Community and 12-year old Jonas has been named “Receiver of Memories.” He becomes the receiver of memories shared by one other, “The Giver”, in the community and discovers the terrible truth about the Community. Stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift and will be released on August 15th.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. When Libby Day was 7 years old, her mother and sisters were murdered in what was called The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas. After Libby’s testimony her brother Ben was sent to prison for the crime. Twenty-five years later and needing money, Libby starts selling off family artifacts causing her to re-examine her memories of the crime. The movie debuts on September 1st and stars Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks. Flynn also authored Gone Girl which will be released as a movie in October, 2014.
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. Judd Foxman’s father has died and his wife is having an affair with his boss, a radio shockjock. Now Judd must spend seven days and nights sitting shiva with the entire dysfunctional Foxman family, facing the loss of his father, his wife, and dealing with family confrontations and longstanding grudges. The book is a very funny and emotionally raw description of love, marriage, divorce, family and the ties that bind whether we like it or not. Starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey, this movie will be released on September 12th.