Book-to-Movie Adaptations We Cannot Wait to See

Seeing favorite characters from literature on the big screen never gets old.

Book-to-Movie Adaptations

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Every year a flurry of novels and books make their way to the big screen. While there’s always a degree of trepidation at the thought of a favorite story making the transition to Hollywood, we can’t deny that spark of excitement at the thought of seeing beloved characters come to life on the silver screen. So far, 2019 is shaping up to be brilliant year for adaptations with classic thrillers, quirky romances, and beloved coming-of-age tales making their way to the cinema. Here are several adaptations we’re looking forward to.

The cover of the book The Good ShepherdThe Good Shepherd
C. S. Forester
With a big screen adaptation titled Greyhound from writer and star Tom Hanks due to hit theaters May 8th, this is the perfect time to dive into C.S. Forester’s WWII-era naval thriller. Centering around a U.S. Naval commander’s desperate attempts to escort a convoy of supply ships through German submarine territory, The Good Shepherd is a classic naval warfare novel. And if you want an early peek at Tom Hanks’ writing chops, check out his stellar short story collection, Uncommon Type.

 

The cover of the book Sweetness in the BellySweetness in the Belly
Camilla Gibb
Raised in Morocco after the murder of her parents, Lilly begins teaching the Qur’an to children while on a pilgrimage in Ethiopia. Forced to flee the violence of the Ethiopian Civil War, Lilly enters England as a refugee and begins working to aid fellow immigrants and refugees in finding their families. However, a passionate affair with a young doctor in Ethiopia continues to haunt her. Look for a big screen adaptation of this masterpiece starring Dakota Fanning later this year.

 

The cover of the book Little WomenLittle Women
Louisa May Alcott
The latest star-studded adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic will arrive later this year. With Greta Gerwig at the helm and the likes of Meryl Streep, Saorise Ronan, and Emma Watson filling out the cast, it’s already generating plenty of buzz. If you’ve never read the beloved coming-of-age tale of four sisters set against the backdrop of nineteenth century New England–or simply need a refresher–there’s no better time than the present to make your way through it.

 

The cover of the book The Knife of Never Letting GoThe Knife of Never Letting Go
Patrick Ness
The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first volume in Patrick Ness’s groundbreaking Chaos Walking series. Set in a dystopian future, the series follows a boy named Todd in world where a mysterious illness killed off all women, leaving only men behind. On the cusp of adulthood, Todd discovers a horrifying secret and is forced to flee only to discover a completely unexpected creature: a girl. How did she survive and what does the mean for the world Todd knows? Look for this feature length adaptation later this year.

 

The cover of the book All the Bright PlacesAll the Bright Places
Jennifer Niven
This New York Times bestseller is a perfect read for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. The story centers around Theodore Finch, a death-obsessed teen, and Violet Markey, a grieving young woman who can’t escape her hometown fast enough. It’s an endearing love story of two broken teenagers finding hope and love while they also find themselves.

 

The cover of the book The Aftermath (Movie Tie-In Edition)The Aftermath 
Rhidian Brook
Set against the turmoil of post-War Germany, The Aftermath is a tense and emotional historical thriller. Rachael Morgan has plans to join her husband Lewis, a British colonel tasked with leading the rebuilding efforts in Hamburg. She is shocked to discover that they will be sharing a stately manor house with its former owners–an enigmatic German widower and his daughter. What follows is a complex tale of passion, betrayal, and grief. The adaptation starring Kiera Knightly, Jason Clarke, and Alexander Skarsgard will be coming on March 15th.

 

The cover of the book The IrishmanThe Irishman
Charles Brandt
Originally published as I Heard You Paint Houses, this true crime classic has been a long-time passion project for Martin Scorsese. With a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, odds are it’ll be worth the wait. The Irishman is the story of infamous hitman Frank Sheeran, an enforcer for crime boss Russell Bufalino. With ties to the Mafias, the Teamsters, Jimmy Hoffa, and even the Nixon Adminstration, The Irishman is a must read for true crime fans.

 

The cover of the book The Sun Is Also a Star Movie Tie-in EditionThe Sun Is Also a Star 
Nicola Yoon
Given the success of Everything, Everything, it was only a matter of time before Nicola Yoon’s follow-up bestseller made its way to the big screen. This complex tale of first love follows Natasha and Daniel, two teens struggling under vastly different family pressures with no time for dreams, fate, or love. But when they stumble across each other on a crowded city street, everything changes. Look for The Sun is Also a Star in theaters on May 17th.

 

The cover of the book The Last Thing He WantedThe Last Thing He Wanted
Joan Didion
The Last Thing He Wanted is just another example of the brilliance of Joan Didion. This page-turning literary thriller follows Elena McMahon, a Washington Post reporter who walks off her assignment to cover the 1984 Presidential Campaign to care for her father. However, when she unexpectedly inherits her father’s role as a covert arms dealer for the U.S. government, she’s quickly swept up in a world of spies and ever-present danger. An adaptation starring Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck is on the way later this year.

 

The cover of the book StargirlStargirl
Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl was an instant classic and an immediate bestseller when it arrived in 2000. The novel tells the story of ‘Stargirl’ Caraway, who arrives at Mica High School after years of homeschooling. While at first her quirks endear her to the student body, they quickly turn on her leaving her shunned and at a cross-roads–does she stay true to herself and conform to the society she’s found herself thrust into? This big screen adaptation will be premiering later this year.

BY , March 15, 2019, first appearing on Read It Forward

Captain Marvel: An Introduction to Carol Danvers

Whether you are a casual movie goer or deeply involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fandom, you are probably aware that Marvel’s first female-led movie, Captain Marvel, is now in theatres. And with the head of Marvel Studios making comments about Captain Marvel being front and center and leading the next phase of the MCU, she is definitely a character you will want to know more about. As a member of the Carol Corps (yes, we Captain Marvel fans have our own name), I invite y’all to jump right in and learn more about Captain Marvel in this introduction to Carol Danvers, both the comic and movie character.

Who is Captain Marvel?

Several characters have taken on the name Captain Marvel throughout the years (for further reading, check out this deep dive), but today, the title belongs to Carol Danvers. As a full bird colonel in the Air Force, Carol outranks Captain America in the comics, and she frequently enjoys reminding him of this fact. Before taking on the title Captain Marvel, Carol used several different aliases, including Binary, Warbird, and her original moniker, Ms. Marvel (currently being used by Kamala Khan).

Carol Danvers is a tough, stubborn, smart, fiercely loyal, independent, Star Wars–loving hotshot pilot. Behind all her superpowers, though, is a need to prove herself and her abilities. Kelly Sue DeConnick, who wrote Captain Marvel from 2012–2013, sums up Carol perfectly in this quote from an interview with Polygon: “Carol falls down all the time, but she always gets back up—we say that about Captain America as well, but Captain America gets back up because it’s the right thing to do. Carol gets back up because ‘F**k you.’”

What is Captain Marvel’s backstory?

Carol Danvers was originally introduced in 1968 as a colleague of Walter Lawson, the human alias of a Kree spy and hero, Mar-vell. She was the Security Chief of a restricted, military base (NASA) and officer in the Air Force. Carol was involved in an explosion with a Kree weapon, but was rescued by Mar-Vell, which resulted in some fused DNA, and made her a human-Kree hybrid. Your basic superhero origin story!

Carol took on the name Ms. Marvel, and in 1977 got her own comic book, which was marketed at the time as a progressive, feminist take on superheroes. Through the years, she has joined the Avengers, worked with the X-Men, and teamed up with Alpha Flight and the Guardians of the Galaxy. As with many superheroes who have been around for over 40 years, she has gone through some changes, including (but not limited to) losing her powers, regaining her powers PLUS some, losing memories, having memories returned, time traveling, several romances, and a tweak or two to her origin story. In 2012, Carol Danvers was given a costume update (by the wonderful Jamie McKelvie) for her solo comic relaunch and officially took the Captain Marvel name.

For more information on Carol’s comic history, check out our primer, complete with comic recommendations!

What are Captain Marvel’s powers?

As a hotshot pilot, Carol has always been a badass. But now with superhuman abilities and superhero powers, she is damn near unstoppable. Let’s break it down!

Her mutated DNA gives her superhuman strength, dexterity, stamina, and reflexes. She can also manipulate molecules, no big deal.

She can create and produce energy, which she channels as energy blasts through her hands. They don’t call her Princess Sparklefists for nothing.

She still pilots a jet (or spaceship) from time to time, but Captain Marvel can achieve flight all on her own now—including going faster than the speed of sound, and into space. The helmet is purely a fashion choice, she can breathe up there just fine without it.

And of course, we save the best for last: Captain Marvel’s binary powers, allowing Carol to essentially become as powerful as a white hole, generating and controlling any form of radiation and gravity.

How powerful is Captain Marvel?

The short answer: VERY. She ranks as one of the fastest, strongest, most durable, and most intense characters in the Marvel universe. She can go toe-to-toe against iconic characters like Captain America and has no problems punching dinosaurs. According to Kevin Feige, she will be “by far” the most powerful superhero in the MCU.

Who plays Captain Marvel in the movie?

Academy Award–winning Brie Larson is the actress stepping into the role of Carol Danvers in the Captain Marvel movie.

Like other Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, Carol’s origin story will be streamlined and changed for the film, though how exactly is anyone in fandom’s best guess. We do know that the movie is set in the ’90s and features a younger, two-eyed Nick Fury, so how exactly Carol fits into the MCU timeline is going to be interesting to see. Between the pager shot of the post-credit scene in Avengers: Infinity War, the time vortex reference in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and that pesky Time Stone, I think it’s safe to speculate that some sort of time travel will be involved.

When is the Captain Marvel release date?

After years of waiting, watching for the original release date, and living through several rescheduled dates, I am so pleased to say Captain Marvel’s movie release date was last week: March 8, 2019.

Can Captain Marvel beat Thanos?

I suppose we’ll have to wait until Avengers: Endgame hits theatres on April 26, 2019 to know the answer for sure. As far as this Carol Corps fan’s thoughts on the matter, well, she’s saved the world before in the comics universe. I don’t think saving the galaxy at the last minute would be any different.

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Books to Film: Spring(?) Edition

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

6419887The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.jpgMovie: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
When it comes out: March 1
What the book is about: William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala—crazy—but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.

 

Transit by Anna Seghers

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When it comes out: March 1
What the book is about: Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany in 1937, and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old German narrator of Seghers’s multilayered masterpiece ends up in the dusty seaport of Marseille. Along the way he is asked to deliver a letter to a man named Weidel in Paris and discovers Weidel has committed suicide, leaving behind a suitcase containing letters and the manuscript of a novel.

 

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincot


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Five Feet Apart
When it comes out: March 15
What the book is about: Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions. The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals. Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

 

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook

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Movie: The Aftermath
When it comes out: March 15
What the book is about: Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together.

 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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When it comes out:
March 22
What the book is about:
Bernadette Fox has vanished. When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades.

 

The Dirt by Mötley Crüe & Neil Strauss

The Dirt.jpgThe Dirt movie posterMovie: The Dirt
When it comes out:
March 22
What the book is about:
Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of Mötley Crüe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock ‘n’ roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD’d again the next day; and Mick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that’s just the beginning.

 

The Visible Filth by Nathan Ballingrud

24791985Image result for wounds 2019 filmMovie: Wounds
When it comes out:
March 29
What the book is about:
When Will discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl his life descends into a nightmare. Affable, charismatic and a little shallow, he’s been skating across the surface of life in a state of carefully maintained contentment. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Then the messages begin. Will’s discovered something unspeakable and it’s crawling slowly into the light.

 

Unplanned by Abby Johnson

9640038Unplanned movie posterMovie: Unplanned
When it comes out:
March 29
What the book is about:
Abby Johnson quit her job in October 2009. That simple act became a national news story because Abby was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas who, after participating in her first actual abortion procedure, walked across the road to join the Coalition for Life. “Unplanned” is a heart-stopping personal drama of life-and-death encounters, a courtroom battle, and spiritual transformation that speaks hope and compassion into the political controversy that surrounds this issue.

 

 

WATCH THE NEW TOLKIEN BIOPIC TRAILER

The first trailer for the new J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is out and ready for your elf eyes to see. Hitting theatres on May 10th, 2019, Tolkien stars Nicholas Hoult as the professor, philologist, and author of The Hobbitand The Lord of the Rings himself, alongside a cast including Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Genevieve O’Reilly, and Derek Jacobi.

The life of J.R.R. Tolkien looks to make an epic story. Born in what is now South Africa, he was orphaned and raised by a Roman Catholic priest, forming a close fellowship of friends at school, all but one of whom would die fighting alongside Tolkien in the First World War, and married his lifelong love Edith (who became the inspiration for Lúthien). This movie explores how these experiences would shape Tolkien’s fiction as he goes on to become a professor of Anglo-Saxon and English at Oxford University and author of some of the most well-loved stories of our time.

The blending of scenes from Tolkien’s real life and imagination in the trailer is seamless and it will be fascinating to see how the biopic chooses to tell his story.

Watch the trailer here. A transcript of the voiceover is below.

“Tell me a story—”

“It’s a story about journeys, the journeys we take to prove ourselves. It’s about adventures. It’s about potent magic, magic beyond anything anyone has ever felt before. About what it means to love, to be loved. About courage. It’s about fellowship.”

 

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20 CAPTAIN MARVEL QUOTES TO GET YOU PUMPED FOR THE MOVIE

Female superheroes are where it’s at. Just ask Wonder Woman (but we don’t speak of the Justice League movie). I’m glad film studios are finally realizing people want to see movies starring female heroes. I’ve been waiting for this adaptation since they announced it in, what, 2014? Carol Danvers is kickass in every way you can be. Smart, strong, powerful, and hilarious – she’s a kick ass, smart ass badass. Whether she’s beating baddies from outer space or palling around with the rest of the Avengers, she’s always got a zinger up her sleeve. She is tied with Wonder Woman for my favourite superhero and I cannot wait for the movie. To help hold me—I mean you—over until the movie, here are 20 Captain Marvel quotes!

Captain Marvel Quote

“My name is Carol Danvers. Ever since I was a little kid, I didn’t fit in. See, I always wanted to fly.”
—Captain Marvel Primer Pages (2017)

“Even with my back against the wall—I don’t give up!”
Ms. Marvel Vol 1 #17

“You don’t have to thank me. I absorbed you. We’re practically related.”
Captain Marvel Vol 7 #8

Captain Marvel Quote

“I don’t need a power-up to kick your ass, slimeball. I got some moves”
Captain Marvel Vol 8 #14

“This isn’t a question of what I’m not. This is a question of who I could be.”
Giant-Size Ms. Marvel Vol 1 #1

“I couldn’t tell them the truth…it wasn’t that we couldn’t go back…it was that I don’t know if I wanted to.”
Mighty Captain Marvel Vol 1 #9

“Yeah, laugh it up, Mr. Potato Head. Let’s see, which tiny appendage should I rip off first?”
—Ms. Marvel Vol 2 #17

Captain Marvel badass quote

“I’m sorry…sorry I’m a badass.”
—Captain Marvel Vol 7 #16

“These are not the droids you’re looking for. …It was worth a shot.”
Captain Marvel #1

“Don’t you ‘lady’ me, son. I’m an avenger.”
Avenging Spider-Man 9

Captain Marvel Quote Lucky Hat

“Preeeetty sure nothing bad can happen when I’m wearing my lucky hat.”
Captain Marvel #9

“But being the best you can be…That’s doable. That’s possible for anybody if they put their mind to it.”
—Ms. Marvel Vol 2 #50

“Now if you’ll excuse me…I need to go punch a dinosaur.”
Captain Marvel #9

“No one steals my flerken cat!”
Captain Marvel Vol 8 #2

“Have you ever seen a little girl run so fast she falls down? There’s an instant, a fraction of a second before the world catches hold of her again…A moment when she’s outrun every doubt and fear she’s ever had about herself and she flies. In that moment, every little girl flies.”
Captain Marvel Vol 8 #1

“Make the coffee and I might let you live.”
Captain Marvel Book 2: Stay Fly (#7-11)

“Fear is not a choice. What you do with it is.”
Captain Marvel #10

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“Let’s rewrite some history, shall we?”
Captain Marvel #2

“You wanna be excellent? Really excellent at what you do? Then be excellent every day, in every part of your life. That’s how the great ones do it.”
Avengers (2018) #11

“Well…First there was nothing, then there was everything…Then the good lord saw fit to bring me into the world to kick the asses of those who need it most. So get ready ’cause this day or the next, it’s coming.”
Avengers Vol 5 #19

And a bonus from the movie trailer:
“I’m not going to fight your war. I’m going to end it.”

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