Books have been adapted into movies for a long time. However, it does seem like recently there are a lot of movie adaptations of favourite books. 2015 has a bumper crop of movies coming out or in production based on different books. Some of them are young adult novels, which are particularly popular choices for movies. After the success of the likes of The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars, Hollywood is trying to offer similar material. But there are other genres available too, from mysteries to biopics. Here I take a look at some of the books that are making it to the big screen this year.
The Scorch Trials
The first of the Maze Runner movies was released in cinemas last year. It starred Dylan O’Brien, who has risen to fame as Stiles in MTV’s Teen Wolf. He’ll be back for the second instalment, The Scorch Trials. The original series by James Dashner has five books. So we could expect to see a further three movies in the franchise. A third film, The Death Cure, has already been confirmed and should appear in 2017. This series is one of the many from the young adult genre that has seen a boom in popularity recently. More specifically, it’s young adult science fiction, which is often particularly well received.
If there’s a king of the young adult genre, it has to be John Green. His novels have received a lot of attention from both teenagers and adults. He’s sure to be found among other esteemed authors on lists of rich celebrities. The first adaption of one of his books, The Fault in Our Stars, proved to be incredibly well-received. Now he’s back with another one, this time based on his 2008 novel Paper Towns. The adaption has been written by the same team that tackled the first John Green movie. Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star as Quentin and Margo.
The Danish Girl
The Danish Girl is an adaption of a book by David Ebershoff, but the book itself is based on a true story. The movie stars Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe. She was one of the first women to receive gender reassignment surgery in Denmark during the 1920s. There has been a little bit of controversy over the fact that a transgender actor hasn’t been picked to play the main role. However, the producers have made an effort to include other trans actors throughout the movie. Although it’s based on a true story, it is a fictionalised account. So, naturally, there’s a love triangle.
Yes, some of this year’s movie adaptions are from books written by women! This one from Lisa Genova follows a woman experiencing early-onset Alzheimer’s. Julianne Moore stars in the lead role, for which he won an Oscar. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin plays her husband. Kristen Stewart and Kate Bosworth co-star as her daughters.
Book to movie adaptions run into the tens for this year. Some might say that’s too many, but anyone who loves both reading and watching movies could disagree.
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