From The Hunger Games to The Lucky One, we’ve already kicked off the year with some pretty awesome movie adaptations, but there are a lot more coming up in 2012 that we’re itching to have a watch of. The fact that it means some of our favourite characters will be played by hotties including Jeremy Irvine, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Riley, Logan Lerman and a whole load more, hasn't got us complaining either..
Apart from running out of biscuits, there's nothing worse than having to rush a really good book, so here are our top picks of what you should be reading now, so you can feel all clever and knowledgeable in front of your pals when the blockbuster movie versions are released later on this year.. ?
5. Before I Die by Jenny Downham
This is one of those books where for some unknown reason, they go and change the title for the movie version (not that we’re still sore about the whole Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone debacle or anything). So while you might know the book as Before I Go, by the time it gets to the big screen, it’ll be called Now Is Good.
When 17-year old Tessa (Dakota Fanning) is diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, she decides to make the most of the time she has left and determined to live life on the wild side, set her heart on experimenting with everything from shoplifting and doing drugs to having sex with very cute boys while she still has the chance. While this book is definitely a bit of a tearjerker, it is an honest and powerful story of new experiences, good and bad.
If seeing Dakota do an English accent wasn’t enough to get your bum to the cinema, the appearance of her dishy on screen love interest Jeremy Irvine (who you might also know from War Horse) is an extremely large bonus, and has frankly got us out the door and queuing for popcorn already.
In cinemas on 7th June
4. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky
A classic coming of age story, this is a great one for anyone whose ever had one of those awkward teenage moments (we’re pretty sure that’s everyone, right?). Narrated by an American teenager who calls himself Charlie, it’s a unique portrayal of the highs and lows of living through high school. It's basically a bag load of hormones bound into a book, and living life on the fringe, Charlie is the intriguing boy next door that you can’t help falling a little bit in love with. Even better, he has cracking taste in music and movies that is referenced the whole way through too.
As the book is written as a series of letters to an anonymous friend, we’re really interested to see how this one is going to translate to the big screen, but with Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson under the direction of author Stephen Chobsky, we’re pretty sure this is going to become an instant classic when it finally hit’s the cinema.
If you’re a fan of The Catcher In The Rye or just fancy a modern update that’s a bit more accessible, then this is one for you and seeing as the film won’t be in cinemas until later on this year, you’ve got a while to really get your teeth into it.
Out September 21st
Click next to see our Top 3 book to movie adaptations you should be reading..
3. Snow White And The Hunstman by Lily Blake, Evan Daugherty and John Lee Hancock
This isn’t exactly an adaptation, but as a twist on the classic fairytale, this book has actually been written in conjunction with the new film starring Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. While this might sound a bit weird, it means that both the book and the movie are technically the same entity and have been 100% inspired by each other.
All in all, we love the look of this version and it's great to see that instead of the classic shrinking violet, they've turned Snow White into the type of kick-ass warrior we totally want to be. Plus we can’t help thinking that this whole being written in collaboration thing must mean the Huntsman in the book will actually BE Chris. So when we imagine him in our minds (which happens way more than you'd probably imagine), we will be justified in picturing his incredibly rugged and sexy face. Good times.
In cinemas June 1st
2. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
We never thought we’d see F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of 1920s high society transformed into a 3D movie, but if it means having Leonardo Di Caprio in a tight white suit with his face, well, right next to our face, we aren’t about to complain.
If you haven’t got round to reading this one, don’t be put off by all your parents and teachers going on and on about how good it is as it really is one not to miss out on! Full of all the glamour and excess of American high society, it’s such a heartfelt and honest recounting of what it’s like to be n love with someone who doesn’t know you exist, that you can’t help but get completely and utterly swept away by the story.
With the film version set to star Tobey Maguire as Nick, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Joel Edgerton as Tom and of course Leo as Gatsby, it’s all set to be a massive blockbuster. The book itself is actually a pretty short read too, so if you want to while away a rainy afternoon and escape into a completely different world then this is definitely one to get your mits on.
Not out until December, boo.
1. On The Road by Jack Kerouac
Bearing in mind we’re stuck in rainy old England, we really can’t resist Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical tale of his spontaneous road trip across the USA back in the 1950s. Considered one of the most important contemporary works of American fiction, it’s a gritty read that tells the story of Sal and Dean’s journey of discovery as they experiment their way from coast to coast, taking in epic scenery and picking up girls along the way.
There are a LOT of references to sex and drug taking, so it’s probably not one to go for if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, but with Kristen Stewart, Burberry model Sam Riley, Kirsten Dunst and hottie Garret Hedlund set to star, we’re feeling a bit hot around the collar already..
Out September 21st
And a few more that we’ll be looking out for:
The Hobbit by Tolkien
Life of Pi by Yann Martell
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (Hello Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law)
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (Ditto Hugh Grant)
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer (Duh)
Phew. So which adaptations are you keenest to see, and more importantly, which books are you dying to read the most? Comments below please!