Book to Screen: The Next Big Adaptations I Can’t Wait to See


Over the past year, I’ve gone on a couple of first dates and I’ve always noticed how some of the same questions come up every time.

What’s your favorite kind of food? Seafood and Mexican. Shellfish are my life (but save the turtles). 

What kind of music do you listen to? IndieThe Killers, The XX, Mumford and Sons. And yes, I’ve converted to Taylor Swift. 

What kind of movies do you like? Awesome question! I…. Well… Ummm… Shit….

I’ve realized, the more often I get asked this question, that I have absolutely no rhyme or reason to the genres of movies I watch. I love a good horror movie any day. I love a good chick flick or comedy, but I need a certain degree of raunchy or I’ll get bored. I’m not into macho man action movies but give me Zero Dark Thirty or American Sniper any day. I hate movies about cars (you couldn’t pay me to go see a Fast and the Furious movie) but I absolutely loved Aaron Paul’s Need for Speed. Because, well, Aaron Paul. I do love superhero movies but I’m partial to Batman and Spidey. And I’ve got a serious love for weird, obscure movies like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

See? It’s impossible for me to pick a genre.

But here’s a genre I’ll get down with any day: A Good Book to Screen Adaptation 

Books are one of my favorite things in the world.

When you read a really great book you fall in love with the characters and their story. You get to exist in their world for several hundred pages and that world and their story will last a lifetime in your memory. Getting to see a book come to life on a theatre screen is perhaps one of the most thrilling, stressful and magical experiences a book lover like myself can have.

Following the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, a movie I never in a million years imagined I’d experience in a theatre when it was just Twilight fan fiction, a lot of media outlets have been talking about what the next bunch of book to screen adaptations will be.

Here are just a few of the ones I’m dying to see come to life.

1. Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

You’ve heard me rave about this book on here many times before, but did you know, a movie is in the works? As reported most recently by the Hollywood Reporter – ask and you shall receive the gorgeous Bennett Ryan on the big screen. I swore I would never be fussier about casting than I was for Fifty Shades but now that I’ve gotten Jamie Dornan as my Christian – the stress is on for who will be cast as Bennett and Chloe.

Seriously. Someone hold me.

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is one of my favorite books. It was one of those ridiculously long ones, that took about a hundred pages for me to really get into it but then I spiralled into this magical world and the rest was history. I was so in love with Celia and Marco’s story and their love for each other. I read the book in 2011 and at the time, it was announced that the film rights had been secured. Rumors starting swirling about Cirque de Soleil getting involved. I was SO excited but unfortunately, we’ve had crickets about production since 2012.

Dear Universe. I’d like this movie back please.

3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

You may know Gillian Flynn as the woman, the author, and the award-winning screenwriter behind Gone Girl. You may also know how much I loved both the book and the movie. So naturally, I can’t wait to see her book Dark Places on the big screen when it’s finally released. Production is complete and it has a killer cast: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult (member of my Top 5) and Christina Hendricks to name a few.

So how about that release date Hollywood?

4. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Lastly, On the Island – also mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter’s piece. I read On the Island on the beaches in Florida two years ago and have been dreaming about a film adaptation ever since. Seeing it mentioned in the Hollywood Reporter gave me serious hope and while it’s not going to be the R-rated experience that Fifty Shades or Beautiful Bastard are – it’s definitely going to be a visually stunning, romantic, adventure. And yes – I can’t wait to find out who is cast as TJ and Anna.

So – tell me! What book to movie adaptations are you dying to see?

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