An impossible maze, a drug dealer after his wife’s murderers, and a quirky psychiatrist in search of happiness—this past weekend, three popular novels have sprung to life on the big screen.
At BookVibe, we have found that discussions for these books have taken off on Twitter in recent weeks and wondered if the publicity around their movie counterparts had people reading (or re-reading) the books they are based on. Here’s what we found.
James Dashner’s The Maze Runner—an intriguing tale of a set of boys who are forced through a terrifying and limitless maze to reach freedom—is currently (surprise, surprise) first place at the box office. With all the popularity and buzz the film has caught, the book discussions have gone through the roof, with almost a hundred thousand mentions on Twitter in the last year. The biggest spike happened in March, when the movie’s official trailer was released.
You would think that a riveting exploration of a private investigator’s mind as he tries to solve a murder involving sadistic psychopaths would be an interesting topic to discuss, but Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones had basically no tweets until the movie emerged. Since then, talks of the novel have blown up Twitter feeds and the book has landed on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list.
Francois Lelord’s Hector and the Search for Happiness—a charming fable about a man’s journey across the world—has enjoyed consistent mentions throughout the year, even though the film itself is not high on the box office hits list.
With all of this in mind, is it because some of these books were published a long time ago, others more recently? Do viewers even know the film they saw was based on a book? Is this related to how much people enjoy the film? We’d love to know your thoughts and experiences!