This year has been a big one for book to movie adaptations—from The Maze Runner to Gone Girl, some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters as well as critically acclaimed films are the products of novelists.
All of this makes us wonder: What’s in store for 2015?
We focused on three upcoming films, adapted from novels, that have been lighting up the Twittersphere and extracted readers’ tweets to discover their thoughts. Discover whether users think a film adaptation is a good idea, their thoughts on the casting, and more.
After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides that the best way to reconnect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with his old friend, Stephen Katz. In his novel, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, Bryson is the perfect guide to lead you through the famous trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. In this humorous book, you will learn the trail’s history, and the surrounding sociology, ecology, animals, and people.
The excitement for the film is palpable, but there are a few fans of the book that have expressed their concern over how the humor will be translated:
Unlike A Walk in the Woods, Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns draws high hopes and approval on every side. The novel chronicles how two women, Mariam and Laila, are brought together by war, loss, and fate. You’ll see thirty years of Afghan history through their eyes as the two endure the dangers around them, forming an everlasting bond of friendship and sisterhood in the process. Suspenseful and deeply moving, Hosseini shows us the power of a woman’s love when tested.
And we’ve all heard about E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey becoming a film—it’s all anyone can talk about! When innocent literature student Anastasia Steele is sent to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a beautiful and brilliant man. When he starts to pursue her, Ana finds out that the man she’s fallen for has a dark past and singular erotic tastes. Can she handle the heat?
Interestingly enough, the novel seems to have a polarizing effect on users—many have not read the book, yet still tweet about how they either can’t wait to see the movie, or will never even dream of it.
However, whether people read the book or not, one thing is undeniable—Fifty Shades of Grey has got some powerful buzz.
Have you read any of these books? If so, how do you feel about the movie adaptations that are being made?
Visit here for a list of other books that will become movies in 2015!