Books to Read Before they Come Out on the Big Screen

One of my biggest pet peeves is going to see a movie when I know it’s based off a book I have yet to read. Whether the screenwriters are going for a word for word adaptation (not possible, by the way) or a loose interpretation, I can’t bear to watch it knowing there’s a book out there I should read first. It seems like book-to-movie adaptions are becoming more popular lately, so I wanted to see just how many there are in 2016, and I used wonderful Wikipedia to do it.

Below are a list of all the movies coming out in 2016 that are based off a book, as well as the author who wrote the book and the book title (if it’s different from the movie title). The website at the bottom of this post has the rest of the movies for 2016 and more information on the ones posted below if you care to take a gander.

  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi | 13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff
  • The 5th Wave | Rick Yancey (Just got this one at the bookstore and can’t wait to read it!)
  • The Finest Hours | The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
  • The Choice | Nicholas Sparks
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies | Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
  • How to Be Single | Liz Tuccillo
  • Me Before You | Jojo Moyes
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot | The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker (Witty title and leading lady Tina Fey? Yes please!)
  • The Young Messiah | Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice
  • Allegiant | Veronica Roth (She’s in her 20s people, how cool!)
  • Miracles from Heaven | Christy Beam (If you’ve watched the trailer you’ve seen the movie and read the book.)
  • Ratchet and Clank | This one isn’t a book, but it’s based on a video game by Insomniac Games, and as a gamer I find this really cool. There are all types of writing jobs people. Maybe your calling is in the gaming industry!
  • Same Kind of Different as Me | Denver Moore, Ron Hall, and Lynn Vincent
  • Snowden | The Snowden Files by Lule Harding and Time of the Octopus by Anatoly Kucherena
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass | Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol
  • TMNT: Out of the Shadows | TMNT by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird
  • The BFG | Roald Dahl (Swoon! SO excited for this one!)
  • The Legend of Tarzan | Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Genius | Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg
  • Ben-Hur | Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
  • Pete’s Dragon | S.S. Field and Seton I. Miller
  • The Infiltrator | Robert Mazur
  • Sully | Highest Duty by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger with Jeffrey Zaslow
  • The Girl on the Train | Paula Hawkins
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life | James Patterson
  • The Bye Bye Man | The Bridge to Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck
  • Inferno | Dan Brown
  • A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back | Never Go Back by Lee Child
  • Bill Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk | Ben Fountain
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | J.K. Rowling
  • Let it Snow | Let it Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • Assassin’s Creed | video game by Ubisoft
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Ransom Riggs

You can find the full list here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_in_film

Which of these books do you plan on reading before the movie comes out?

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