They say never judge a book by its movie, and, of course, we never would, but it’s still fun to see our favorite stories and characters translated to the big screen. The new year will bring many movie adaptations of popular books to the screen.
Check out the originals from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library before you head to the theater!
Time to revisit the classics. The film version of Richard Wright’s Native Son hits the screen in January, while in December moviegoers can enjoy Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Modern classics like Pet Sematary by Stephen King, Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt will also shine on screen in 2019. A few classics are also finding their time to shine as TV series, including Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett and The Watchmen by Alan Moore. We have the authors’ original tales available in all formats--traditional print, audio CD, e-book and digital audio.
Prefer some hair-raising suspense? This fall, Amy Adams stars in the movie based on A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window, while Helen Mirren will lead the cast of an adaptation of Nicholas Searle’s The Good Liar. Three Seconds by Anders Roslund and Borg Hellstrom is the basis of this spring’s thriller The Informer.
If you enjoy World War II historical fiction, this spring check out The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook before Keira Knightley stars in its big-screen adaptation or C. S. Forester’s The Good Shepherd, whose movie will feature actor/author Tom Hanks.
Fans of young adult literature will surely spend plenty of time at the movies this spring with the release of film adaptations of Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The movie Chaos Walking is based on Patrick Ness’ The Knife of Never Letting Go.
For younger readers, check out the story of The Sword in the Stone before the January release of The Kid Who Would Be King. In February, favorite children’s series How to Train Your Dragon will debut another title – The Hidden World. Fans of Artemis Fowl can catch up on the book series before the movie version hits theaters in summer 2019.
Just don’t be one of those people who says, “I saw the movie but didn’t read the book.”