Today is– an annual celebration of those printed words which encourages reading through events and even a voucher which can used throughout the UK and Ireland.In honour of the 17th year of World Book Day, we’re putting together a list of some of the major book to movie adaptations on the way in 2014. We’re giving you some lead time on most of them to give you a chance to get caught up before the films arrives in cinemas.Here are our 10 book to movie adaptations in order of the movie release date – to give you time to get reading!
You’ve only got a week or so to read this, the story of an alien loose in Scotland luring men to their doom. Actually there’s no real hurry as both Faber’s book and Birth director Jonathan Glazer’s movie couldn’t be more different but they’re both deliciously dark and strange and mesmerising and well worth checking out. Yes it’s a young adult series and you could make some connections to The Hunger Games but Veronica Roth’s books present a great future dystopia with an interesting world split into several competing factions. The movie stars Shailene Woodley and is directed be Neil Burger and got a budget boost from the success of The Hunger Games. Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s 2004 light novel is the story of a regular man caught in a time loop during an interstellar war. It’s short and snappy with top notch action and a compelling romance between time crossed people. It’s a really short book, so read it! The movie stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and is directed by Doug Liman. The action looks intense and the tone is supposed to be surprisingly comedic. The movie's going to be called Edge of Tomorrow - which we think is a bit of a shame. This is set to make you weep – the story of a terminally ill young girl who becomes involved in the biggest love affair of her life. John Green’s novel has already been a massive success and the trailer for the film has been notching up the tears ever since. It stars Shailene Woodley again with Ansel Elgort as the dreamy Augustus Waters. It wasn’t long ago that everyone on the train was reading Gillian Flynn’s novel and for good reason – it’s a blistering little thriller with a properly grown up tone and some pretty epic twists. It’s accessible stuff with some fun humour and darker elements and I can totally understand director David Fincher was drawn to the material, thankfully with Flynn penning the script. A cast including Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike makes this one to watch. Another young adult novel set in a dystopia and the start of another series. A young man wakes up in a strange place called the Glade filled with outher kids and surrounded by a myserious and deadly Maze which shifts every night. The book is vivid and a quick read, though honestly not as compelling as some of the others in the genre. There isn’t much news on the film yet, bar casting that includes Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Will Poulter. Another entry for Gillian Flynn, this older novel is about a woman who survived the horrific murder of her family and had to put her brother away for it. 25 years later, she’s forced to relive the tragedy by a group who thinks she’s innocent. The film stars Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz. It’s going to be grim stuff. This youngster story is set in a perfect world where humanity has moved away from all pain and sadness by converting to a strategy of daily sameness. It’s a safer world but also one where all emotions and peaks of joy and colour have been eradicated. But one young boy must learn from the Giver about what came before, to store the memories of a past full of life. We he be able to keep from breaking the code of sameness? Lowry’s book has a great concept and comes to screens with one big advantage – Jeff Bridges as the old and powerful Giver. Meryl Streep also stars and this one is directed by Phillip Noyce, who helmed Patriot Games and Dead Calm. One to watch.
There’s a reason for the enduring success of The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins’ novels are great sci-fi fiction with a complex female protagonist and a gut punch of a finale. The films improved hugely between the first and second entry and we can’t wait to see more from the new creative team especially director Francis Lawrence. There’s some tough stuff to come, and you can get ready by catching up with the novels. The film is split into two parts. Appalachian poet and writer Ron Rash penned this period tale set in North Carolina during the Great Depression. A newly married couple travel from Boston to North Carolina to make a new life but a terrible secret forces a wedge between them that soon turns to violence. This is on our radar for the movie’s central casting – Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as the warring Pemberton’s and Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier at the helm. In honour of World Book Day - we're taking a look at the top book to movie adaptations coming to screens in 2014