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15 Most Anticipated Book to Film Adaptations in 2016

15 Most Anticipated Book To Film Adaptations In 2016

In 2016, we see a lot of popular stories appear on cinema screens. I’m a bad blogger and this post was started months ago but is only being posted now, so you’ll find that a few of these films have actually already been released (sorry!). So here’s my list of the 15 most anticipated book to film adaptations in 2016:

1. The 5th Wave

27th January 2016

One of my favorite reads of 2014, The 5th Wave is a series that I really, really loved and I hope that the film does the books justice. Having just seen the film, I have to say that the negative reviews are justified. This film is, quite frankly, awful. I thought the acting was terrible, the plot line didn’t really come out and the special effects were awful.

Check out my review of The Fifth Wave book here.

2. The Choice

4th February 2016

Yet another Nicholas Spark adaption but apparently it hit the mark. As expected it was emotional in all the right places but fell down where critics expected it to. Films like this are always incredibly popular because of their emotional pull rather than the quality of acting or the plot line. This one stars Tom Welling and Teresa Palmer, neither of whom I’ve heard of, so I imagine this is Sparks’ least popular film adaption.

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

4th February 2016

I mean the title says it all really. Whilst many readers rave about the books, apparently the movie, which has already been released, really isn’t very good. Despite this, the mix of an old classic and zombies has me intrigued and I feel like this will appeal to bookish people anyway because of the novelty of the story. Then again, we could have another case of Cowboys and Aliens on our hands, a Daniel Craig film that really failed to mesh the two species together. Starring Lena Headey, Lily James, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith, I’m still hoping that this film is entertaining.

4. The Revenant 

24th February 2016

Whilst I had never heard of this book before this year, there are rumours that this will be the film that finally gets Leo an Oscar. I did actually see this last month and to be honest, I was rather disappointed. It was rather long and there were lots of unnecessary scenes, but the acting was amazing so Leo will probably still snag an Oscar. *fingers crossed*

(Yes, this post was started before Leo won the Oscar. Maybe that’ll teach me to write my blog posts on time. *facepalm*)

5. Allegiant

10th March 2016

I think when people hear about these films people tend to roll their eyes with a *not again* sort of expression on their face. The general public opinion of most Young Adult films is that they’re really quite bad and that they’re all the same. This is quite a shame as I really enjoyed the first book and film in the Divergent series and thought that it was one of the better YA books out there. Allegiant is the last in this trilogy and apparently the visuals are even better in this film than they were in the previous films; however, most critics seem to agree that this series has just gone on for far too long.

With a shockingly low rating of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, this isn’t a movie that I’m particularly excited about anymore but I’ll no doubt end up watching it one night when I’m bored (/when it comes on Netlix).

Read my review of Divergent (book 1)
Read my review of Divergent (film)

6. The Jungle Book 

15th April 2016

Many people still seem to be unaware that this Disney classic is being adapted for the big screen again. However, this time there will be real humans and ‘real’ animals, which changes things up a bit. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and Idris Elba (rumoured to be the next James Bond), this film definitely has a good enough cast to make this film great. From watching the trailer it seems like it has been pretty well made with realistic imagery and, of course, the soundtrack will leave your toes tapping.

7. Alice Through the Looking Glass

1st June 2016

The sequel to Alice in Wonderland (2010) sees Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter reprise their roles as the Hatter and Iracebeth respectively. I was quite on the fence about the first film adaptation so we’ll have to wait and see as to whether this one is any good. I’m sure the graphics will be wacky and cool but whether or not the plot will stand up remains to be seen. This new film features time travel as Alice goes back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

Check out my film review of Alice Through the Looking Glass.

8. Me Before You

3rd June 2016

Me Before You is one of my all time favourite books. I remember going into this novel with absolutely zero expectations but I have never been so moved by a story. I’d describe this as The Fault in Our Star for adults (but better!) and you’ll need at like four boxes of tissues by your side at all times whilst reading this. The film adaption stars Emily — and Sam Claflin, two of my favourite actors and both incredibly talented so I hope that this film lives up to expectations. The trailer looks amazing and there’s been a lot of hype around this film in the bookish community so I have high expectations!

Check out my book review of Me Before You.

9. BFG 

22nd July 2016

If you didn’t read the BFG when you were younger then you had a seriously deprived childhood. The BFG is one of Roald Dahl’s best stories in my opinion and I’m so excited that we’re going to be able to see this magical story on the big screen. This is the story of a young girl called Sophie who befriends the Big Friendly Giant and they set out on an adventure to capture the evil man-eating giants that have been invading the human world. This film is no doubt going to be a hit and will draw in adults and children alike.

10. Girl on the Train

7th October 2016

The Girl on the Train became a New York Times bestseller back in 2015 and is set to be a hit on our screens this year. Pegged as the next Gone Girl, this is another mystery, thriller story. The main character Rachel Watson takes the same train everyday, going down the same route, but one day she passes by something, she sees something horrific. The next day she wakes up with cuts and bruises all over her body but no recollection of the previous evening. TV reports begin around the mysterious disappearance of one Megan Hipwell and Rachel  becomes invested in the case, trying to figure out what happened to Megan and what she herself was doing on the night she disappeared.

Check out my book review of Into The Water here.

11. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 

14th October 2016

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness has been doing the rounds on most book blogs (apart from mine 😳) and I’ve seen lots of positive reviews of this story. The trailer has left me in the fence about it as the story looks intriguing but the few graphics they do reveal look a little sketchy. I imagine this film will come together quite well in the end but at the moment, I feel like it could go either way. The story seems very touching as it involves young boy who asks a tree monster for help to cope with mum’s terminal illness, so I hope it hits the mark.

12. Inferno

28th October 2016

Harvard professor Robert Langdon is back for the fourth time in the latest installment of Dan Brown’s best selling series. This time he wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Dr Sienna Brooks, played by Felicity Jones, in an attempt to foil a global plot. I love the books in this series but it remains to be seen whether the latest film adaption will do the books justice. I’ve seen some very mixed reviews of the films in this series but fingers crossed that Tom Hanks will pull this one out of the bag.

13. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

18th November 2016

When I first heard this film was being made, I was dismayed. I was partially quite excited that the world of Harry Potter would be coming back to our screens once more but also incredibly disappointed that such a well-loved series was just being turned into a money-making mechanism. However, having watched the trailer the film does seem to have captured that Harry Potter spirit and I believe it will do the old films justice. It will be interesting to see what exactly happens in this film as it isn’t based off a J.K. Rowling story but rather a ‘handbook’ of sorts. Starring the incredibly talented Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller and Colin Farrell, I am excited for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

14. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

25th December 2016

This is a story that I’ve been meaning to read for ages but just haven’t gotten round to. The books themselves are really distinctive with their sinister black and white covers and real life photos in the pages. As the title suggests, this story is about a house full of ‘peculiar’ children who all a little different and don’t quite fit in the ordinary world. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Eva Green, I’m sure this film is going to be a huge hit with children, teenagers and adults alike. The book is already a bestseller but will it succeed at the box office?

Check out my book review of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.

15. The Circle by Dave Eggers

Pushed back to 27th April 2017

In short, a woman lands a job at a powerful tech company called The Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man. Not a lot of information has been released about this film yet but it stars Emma Watson, Tom Hank and Karen Gillan just to name a few. I’m a huge fan of all three of these of these stars and think that they’re all incredibly talented though I am interested to see how the two women do in a film like this. It’s the sort of thing I imagine Hanks doing very well in but I’m not so sure about the other two. I haven’t seen anything with Emma Watson in it for a while now so I’m incredibly excited to see how she does in this film.

If you liked this post, check out these:
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Me Before You Film Review
Me Before You Book Review

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  1. Kitty Wood
    19th May 2016 / 11:23 AM

    so many book adaptations! One of my all time faves is Fight Club, because I think it’s damn near perfect. I haven’t read or seen any of these, I need to read more!

    • 19th May 2016 / 8:17 PM

      I haven’t read or seen Fight Club so I’ll have to bump that up my list!!

  2. Jude Dunn
    19th May 2016 / 11:28 AM

    So I’ve seen The Jungle book and loved it, really looking forward to Alice Through The Looking Glass after seeing the trailers, I’ve just read Girl on a Train and I hated it, but I never liked the book Gone Girl but really enjoyed the film.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:43 AM

      Glad to hear it! I’ve heard some really good things about The Jungle Book from other people too 🙂 Hmm interesting about Gone Girl. I’ve watched the film and loved it and started the book, which did seem to have a slightly different vibe.

  3. Things Sarah Loves
    19th May 2016 / 11:47 AM

    I always worry with book adaptations because I’m a keen reader and I always worry that the films are going to be a disappointment. My favourite author is Stephen King and thankfully, all of the films I have seen so far are just as good at his books!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:44 AM

      That is my worry too! I haven’t read any Stephen King – I’m too afraid too! Which book of his is your favourite?

  4. 19th May 2016 / 12:35 PM

    I’m definitely looking forward to the BFG and Girl on the train !

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:44 AM

      I was a huge fan of the BFG as a child so I hope the film does the book justice!

  5. Sus Davy
    19th May 2016 / 2:59 PM

    I can’t wait to see The BFG and Jungle Book!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:44 AM

      I’ve heard some really great things about The Jungle Book so it should be a good one 🙂

  6. 19th May 2016 / 3:45 PM

    Oh no! I was really looking forward to The 5th Wave movie as well. ;( I think I’ll still watch it, but maybe lower my expectations. Ahh, really excited about Fantastic Beasts! 😀

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:45 AM

      Yes I definitely would as (for once), I agree with all the negative reviews by critics. 🙁

  7. Box Chick
    19th May 2016 / 5:06 PM

    I love books that turn to movies. I better get reading some of these before they come out to movies. I hate watching the movie and then reading the book it’s such a buzz kill!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:45 AM

      I totally agree! The book always has way more details in it and also you can imagine the world in your own mind, which is much more special.

  8. Five Year Target
    19th May 2016 / 5:11 PM

    Me Before You is the one I’m most excited about! Truly amazing book!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:45 AM

      Isn’t it?! It’s one of my favourite books so I hope the film comes out great too!

  9. sarah Lea
    19th May 2016 / 5:38 PM

    I can not wait for Me Before You, it’s one of the best books I have ever read and I am so looking forward to seeing the movie. I’m also looking forward to Girl On The Train, I enjoyed that book too 🙂 We’re hoping to go and see the BFG in the summer holidays, I know the kids will enjoy it, they loved the book! 😀

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:50 AM

      I agree, Me Before You is one of my favourite books too! I hope the film does the book justice!

  10. Alison
    19th May 2016 / 6:11 PM

    I love reading a book before seeing the movie. I totally want to see Me Before You and the Girl on the Train. I will have to start looking for those books!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:50 AM

      I’m actually giving away a copy of Me Before You on Twitter if you wanted to check it out 🙂 It’s always best to read the book first!

  11. Sarahjane
    19th May 2016 / 6:38 PM

    Some of these are on my list of books to read before the film! My favourite hobbie is to compare them both! 🙂

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:46 AM

      Yes I like to do that too! Unfortunately books always tend to win and there’s rarely much competition haha

  12. 19th May 2016 / 8:06 PM

    I have to admit I am still to read some of these and I am slightly weary of the adaptions of the Jungle Book and BFG as I have many fond memories of those from childhood. x

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:49 AM

      The Jungle Book has some very good reviews and the trailer looked amazing too so I feel like this one will be good 🙂

  13. 19th May 2016 / 9:34 PM

    I’ve not yet seen any of them but I can’t wait to see Me Before You and Alice Through The Looking Glass in the next few weeks x

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:49 AM

      Just over a week until Me Before You is released and I’m so excited!

  14. 19th May 2016 / 10:38 PM

    Ooh, I saw a couple of these. We finally saw the Revenant a few weeks ago and it was amazing.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:40 AM

      I wasn’t such a big fan of The Revenant actually. I thought it was far, far, far too long 🙁

  15. Melanie Edjourian
    20th May 2016 / 12:01 AM

    I wanted to see the film pride prejudice and zombies, bet the book is better.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:40 AM

      Have you read the book? It’s such a novel idea, I really want to read it!

  16. 20th May 2016 / 4:18 AM

    I want to watch pride & prejudice zombies as I have seem the trailers and they look awesome

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:41 AM

      It does look like something really different even though the reviews are bad!

  17. 20th May 2016 / 8:22 AM

    I can’t believe Allegiant has such a low rating, I read all the books and I love the films too, it is a fantastic series.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:39 AM

      I think it’s just a case of people being bored of the ‘same’ young adult films coming out these days, which is a shame.

  18. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    20th May 2016 / 9:55 AM

    I had no idea that a girl on a train is going to bed a film! I have just started reading it and I am hooked!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:39 AM

      Glad to hear it as I bought it recently and am looking forward to getting stuck into it 🙂

  19. sara
    20th May 2016 / 11:20 AM

    My son loved the 5th wave book to. I have read a few of these books too. The movies are often so disappointing though.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:40 AM

      Very true. I expected this one would be good though as Chloe Grace Moretz is a really great actress!

  20. MakeUp Fun
    20th May 2016 / 3:21 PM

    I watched the Revenant and I didn’t like it a lot like the trailer… they spoke about it so well but in the end, apart from the stunning photography I found it lacking of content.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:38 AM

      I totally agree! I thought the acting was great but that it was far. too. long.

  21. 20th May 2016 / 3:49 PM

    I am really looking forward to seeing Alice Through the Looking Glass. I need to find someone to come with me!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:38 AM

      I hope it’s good as it’s been so long since the last film I feel people may have lost interest!

  22. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    20th May 2016 / 4:11 PM

    I can’t wait for the choice – I love Nicholas Sparks! x

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:38 AM

      It’s already out and it’s even on Netflix if you want to give it a watch 🙂

  23. Beautyqueenuk
    20th May 2016 / 7:55 PM

    I cannot wait to see Me Before You but I am hoping they don’t miss out the important bits x

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:39 AM

      Me too! It’s my favourite book so I will be really heartbroken if they do 🙁

  24. kage
    20th May 2016 / 10:15 PM

    Hopefully my novel becomes a movie one day – but for now great list, looking forward to BFG that’s my childhood right there ^_^

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:19 AM

      Good luck! I hope it does too 🙂 Mine too, I hope it lives up to expectations 🙂

  25. kitty kaos
    20th May 2016 / 11:11 PM

    I loved the Revenant as a film it was such a good watch and finally Leo got that Oscar! I am looking forward to the bfg as well I loved the book and the cartoon film x

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:18 AM

      I wasn’t such a big fan of the Revenant. The acting was very good but I thought it was unnecessarily long. I am glad Leo won the Oscar though 🙂

  26. Karla Pitzen
    21st May 2016 / 3:36 AM

    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies sounds weird enough to be interesting and entertaining!

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:18 AM

      I know right?! It didn’t get that great reviews but I think he novelty of it would keep me entertained!

  27. Mary Charie Ylagan
    21st May 2016 / 4:22 AM

    Please tell me that there’s nothing wrong with me! I have read 80% of the book on this list before they made them film! Ahh, I’m sick! 😀

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:10 AM

      No way! That’s really impressive, I don’t think I’ve read that many of them 🙁

  28. fashion-mommy
    21st May 2016 / 12:08 PM

    Me before you is a fabulous book and I have high hopes for the film too.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:18 AM

      I really hope it lives up to my expectations as it is one of my all time favourite books!

  29. 21st May 2016 / 4:34 PM

    I like reading a book before seeing the movie. It’s very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  30. 21st May 2016 / 4:45 PM

    I’ve got really mixed feelings about the adaptation of The Girl on the Train. On one hand, I love Emily Blunt, but on the other I really don’t know why they had to set it in the US?

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:17 AM

      I didn’t know they had changed the location of the story for the film. I hate it when they do that! It’s especially bad when they do it for Asian stories and then also cast non-Asian actors grr

      • 24th May 2016 / 10:20 AM

        Totally agree! That’s particularly awful

  31. Renna Creighton
    21st May 2016 / 6:16 PM

    I don’t a film is ever as good as the books. Shame really, as we all get very excited about the films. I e been reading The Wild, and I’m dubious about the film, but I do love Reese Witherspoon so I’m hoping it’s a good one.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:14 AM

      I’ve heard good things about that film and I think it won a lot of awards so I hope you’ll be safe with that one ;p

  32. bloggingastrid
    21st May 2016 / 9:23 PM

    Wow, BFG is coming out as a film! I loved the story when I was young. Also read Alice through the looking glass but can’t remember much of it.

    • 24th May 2016 / 10:13 AM

      I love the animation so I hope the new film does the story justice!

  33. Beth
    21st May 2016 / 9:39 PM

    I have watched The Jungle Book and i loved it and so did my girls! I really can not wait to watch BFG

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:52 AM

      That’s great to hear! I loved the Disney animation when I was younger so I have high hopes for the new version 🙂

  34. Louise
    22nd May 2016 / 2:54 PM

    I’ve heard the 5th wave movie is bad too which is a shame as it seems like such a good storyline. I’m really excited for Me Before You x

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:49 AM

      Yeah the story is really fascinating, which is why the books are amazing. It’s a real shame the film didn’t live up to expectations 🙁

  35. Tanya Brannan
    22nd May 2016 / 3:42 PM

    I desperately can’t wait for Fantastic beasts!! Mrs Peregrines also looks pretty cool! Thanks for the recommendations x

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:50 AM

      I know but there are still many months to go! 🙁 I hope it lives up to the hype as I am a big Potterhead

  36. bericebaby
    22nd May 2016 / 8:05 PM

    I can’t wait for a lot of these films to come out. Im more of film person.
    5th Wave was a disapointment to me unfortuntly – Maybe the book will be better. Will give it a read. Thanks for sharing hun. Charlotte x

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:48 AM

      The book is really great but the film was just a disaster in my opinion. I’d definitely recommend reading the series and the third one is coming out soon 🙂

  37. 23rd May 2016 / 11:14 AM

    i can’t wait for me before you. i haven’t read the book but maybe i should

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:47 AM

      Oh I’d definitely recommend reading the book first! It’s such a moving story and it will definitely come across best in writing 🙂

  38. 23rd May 2016 / 3:51 PM

    I am looking forward to see the Jungle Book. I used to love the old version, from when I was a child. It’s such a great story! 🙂

    • 24th May 2016 / 9:48 AM

      Me too! Friends have told me that it’s a really good version so I’m quite excited 🙂

  39. Francis Powell
    24th May 2016 / 7:41 PM

    I will definitely try to see Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Tim Burton’s films are usually worth seeing.

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