Recently, book-based movies have been some of the most successful cinema projects in Hollywood. However, sometimes the movies can’t provide as much detail or accuracy as the original story does, which can be disappointing. Reading the book before seeing the movie can make the story that much more interesting because you get to see your favorite characters and places come to life on-screen. If you like to read the books before you watch the movie version, below is a list of five novels being made into movies this year that you should read.
1. “The Circle” by Dave Eggers
This books is about the limits and boundaries that technology can cross, when it comes to what should be private and what should be public. The protagonist gets a job at a major tech company, only to find that there is something unsettling going on. This movie will be coming to theaters on April 28, and stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and Karen Gillan.
2. “My Cousin Rachel” by Daphne du Maurier
This book is about a young man who decides to take revenge on his cousin-in-law, whom he suspects murdered his cousin. However, upon meeting her, he begins fall for her beauty. If you’re into drama, mystery and romance, I recommend you read this book before it comes out in theaters, on July 14. The movie stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.
3. “The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger” by Stephen King
This story is a cross between horror, western and sci-fi. If that catches your attention, then this book series about a “gunslinger” in search of the dark tower that holds the key to all the universes, is for you. The movie arrives in theaters on July 28, and stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
4. “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by Jeanne-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin
In this book, Valerian and Laureling are agents from Galaxity, a city from the 28th century. In order to catch Xombul, a man obsessed with power, they get sent to New York in 1986. There, they strive to find a way to confirm that the future is still intact. This movie will star Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan, and will start playing in theaters on July 21.
5. “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie
This book is about the Orient Express after a mysterious murder takes place, and a detective on board trying to solve one of the most interesting cases in his career. This movie will hit the theaters on November 22, and stars Daisy Ridley, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and Josh Gad.