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Read these books before you see the films

These YA books will be hitting a screen near you soon. So if you are someone who needs to read the book before you see the film adaptation, then get reading.

Cover to Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This best selling epic sci-fi dystopian adventure is going to make an epic cinematic adventure. Set in 2044 where there is widespread famine, disease and poverty. Wade Watts, like everyone else, escapes into a virtual reality world the OASIS where there is a lottery ticket hidden in an alternate reality with clues and riddles based on late 20th century culture. When Wade stumbles on the key to the first puzzle he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors racing for the prize.
The film is directed by Steven Speilberg, screenplay co written by author Ernest Cline and starring Tye Sheridan.

Cover to The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The film of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is set to star Amanda Stenberg from The Hunger Games but at this stage there is no release date. Which gives you time to read the book. It’s a response to the wave of police shootings of African American men in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. 16 year old Starr navigates life in two distinct worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was raised and the posh high school she attends. The precarious balance is overturned when Starr witnesses her friend Khalil, pulled over and shot by a white cop. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Cover of Dumplin'

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Crack out the rhinestones for this one! Dumplin’ is a #1 New York Times bestseller and 2016 Inky longlisted book will soon be a major motion picture starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston. Best of all it will feature soundtrack music by Dolly Parton.  Willowdean, called Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mom, is comfortable in her own skin. But after losing her confidence she does the most horrifying thing she can imagine: enters the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant-along with several other unlikely candidates-to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any skinny girl does. Let’s hope the film is as warm and funny as the book. Did I mention the Dolly Parton soundtrack?

Cover of All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven has written the screenplay of her heartbreaking Inky Award shortlisted novel All The Bright Places. Violet is a girl living for the future, but the boy she loves, Finch, wants to die. The book is so well loved and if it is translated well to the screen this film will be amazing. There’s still time to read it first but get the tissues ready for the heart-wrenching love story on the big screen. The film will star Elle Fanning.

1 comment


All the Bright Places is an amazing book! I never knew there was a movie. I know what I'm going to watch next(hopefully I don't cry though)

25th Mar, 18