In the next year or so we've got lots of (hopefully) amazing movies coming to our cinemas, all adapted from brilliant fantasy novels that some may or may not have heard of. I can't tell you how concerned I am about their adaptation not living up to the book but what can you do, directors gonna' do what directors gonna' do.
However if some people haven't read the books and reads my little list, I implore you to read the darn novels before you see the movie, because everyone knows the book is always better. Anyway, in no particular order because that would be favoritism and I'd feel bad on the other books, here's the list, enjoy!
1. Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs
Well done everyone, you guessed it. The wonderful trilogy starting with Miss Peregrines...' by Ransom Riggs is well on it's way to our movie theaters with it's full official trailer already out. Set to be released in September 2016, you have just enough time to get it read. The story revolves around young Jacob who stumbles upon Miss Peregines Home for Peculiar Children. Meeting it's unusual residents and learning of his own grandfathers legendary history, Jacob is pulled into the deep, dark and mysterious world of the 'peculiar'. The trailer does look somewhat different to the book so pleasepleaseplease read it first, you won't regret it!
2. A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
Unfortunately I've only just read A Monster Calls and so haven't known about it all that long to my discredit, but my love for it is unparalleled. Ready to be released in October 2016, get ready for an adventure like no other. The adventures of a young boy called Conor who has to deal with some devastating changes in his life. The monster Herne hears the boys prayers and helps him come to terms with the tragedy he must face. The whole book is beautifully illustrated and although it may have been aimed at children, any adult could learn a lesson or two from it's pages. I'd say the trailer looks like a pretty good representation of the novel and i'm really excited to watch it, but like always, I recommend the read first.
3. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them By J.K. Rowling
Ofcourse I had to include this movie even though most people have heard of it. It would've been a criminal offence not to. As most well know, this was originally a novella by J.K Rowling mimicking a textbook the famous trio study in class, and so the findings of Newt Scamander pre-dates the Harry Potter timeline. It fills you in on all the secrets of the creatures in the magical world as it whisks you along with Newt Scamamander as he makes his ground-breaking discoveries. I can't deny the trailer looks really amazing even if it does appear to have more story-line than the original book. But any self-professed Potterhead should be excited for another glimpse into JK's magical world. Set to be released in November 2016, you all need to get yourselves down to your local bookstore and read this beauty, if you haven't already that is.
4. The Dark Tower By Stephen King
Although not many details have been released on the first installment of this 8 part series, it's clear from the trailer we have that the movie is going to be every bit as dark and menacing as the novels. If it follows the story of the first novel named The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, then it will follow Roland of Gilead on his quest to find the Man in Black. However this is just one step up the ladder of his true quest to find the Dark Tower. It's rumored to be released in February 2017 but don't hold me to it, you know how these movies chop and change. I'll also add that I find it hard to imagine how they will fit something so dark and complicated into a movie without changing a lot of things, so I really do suggest you read the books first, it might help you understand the plot better.
5. Beauty And The Beast By Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot De Villeneuve
Little do people know, this enchanting story is ofcourse based upon an original french fairy tale by the wonderful Villeneuve. Most are aware of the 1991 Disney animation adaptation and are now aware of the wonderful live action re-imagining coming to our cinemas soon starring the beautiful Emma Watson. But this tale has many thorns that you just can't grasp without reading the original fairy tale, so to speak. If your a fan of all things fairy tale and fantasy then I do recommend the read. However the Disney live action does look just as majestic and opulent as ever I imagined and is set to be released in March 2017.
I'm also aware that a new 'The Mummy' movie is set to be released in 2017, something that sounds loosely based on Anne Rice's 'The Mummy' (although this is just my opinion), a definite must read for all fantasy/horror fans!
Well their's your next five reads to be getting on with, you'd better be quick before the movies are released, enjoy and good luck!
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