Read the book before you see the movie

By Marianne Murray Guess

There are always going to be books that are made into movies. If you’re like me, and many of my customers, you like to read them before they hit the big screen. In many cases, folks like being able to say the book was even better than the movie. Let’s face it, good books are a constant, renewable resource of stories for Hollywood because they select the books that already have mass appeal. Also, it turns out that good plots translate well from the pages of the book to the silver screen. I’m going to run through some of the bestseller books you will be able to see in theaters in the not-too-distant future.

“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle: It’s about 14 year old Meg Murray’s father who goes missing after working on a government project, setting off Meg’s fantastical journey through space and time. Release date: July 2017.

“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins: In this mystery a woman thinks she may know something about a crime involving a couple she sees while commuting on a train every day. Release date: October 2016.

“Inferno” by Dan Brown: The DaVinci Code series continues with Robert Langdon’s latest adventure as he tries to stop another international scheme following clues in Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.” Release date: October 2016.

“Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Steadman: A lighthouse keeper and his wife discover a baby and a dead body near their home off the coast of Australia after World War II. Release date: September 2016.

“The Dark Tower” by Stephen King: This is Stephen King’s Magnum Opus in a series that follows gunslinger Roland Deschain as he moves through a magical society looking for the Dark Tower. Release date: January 2017.

“Never go Back” by Lee Child: Never go back, but Jack Reacher does and the past finally catches up with him. He’s about to meet his new commanding officer but he is hit with two pieces of shocking news — one with serious criminal consequences, the other too personal to think about. Release date: October 2016.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling: Rowling revisits the Harry Potter universe in this book about Newt Scamander, who wrote the textbook that Potter and his classmates would study. Release date: November 2016

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs: This is a young adult novel about a teenager named Jacob who explores the ruins of a strange house on an island near Wales in England. Release date: December 2016.

“Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie: Here’s a movie remake from the book originally published in 1934. It is considered one of the most ingenious mystery stories ever devised. The novel revolves around a murder on board the famous train. Belgian detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case, but there are a number of passengers who could potentially be the murderer. By the way, her books are a particular favorite among school children because they are brainy mysteries without the gore and violence. Release date: November 2017.

These are just a few of the hundreds of books that Hollywood is cherry picking off the bestseller list for fresh ideas. In fact, movie rights are sometimes sold before books even hit the stores. Unlike book publishing, a fairly predictable process from contract to release date, the movie making process is filled with uncertainty. This is why authors are told never to get their hopes up or presume they will have control over the outcome. Ernest Hemingway once said, “Drive to the border of California and throw your book over the fence. When they throw the money back over the fence, collect the money and drive home.”

I believe all of these books have something for everyone and they are on the bookshelves now. Enjoy reading the books … enjoy seeing the movie … happy reading and viewing everyone!

By Marianne Murray Guess