Have you ever left the cinema Hall of a blockbuster movie and all you can hear is everyone arguing whether the book was better or not? And you are all but stuck wondering if there was a book?
You may want to consider staying in the literary loop by finding time to read the following six books before they make their way to the big screens.
First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen
This book by James R. Hansen remains the only authorized biography of the first human to set foot on the moon. Ryan Gosling will star in the film adaptation of this in-depth look at the life of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission.
Damien Chazelle, who won the Best Director Oscar for La La Land, is in the director’s chair and the movie is expected to debut October 12, 2018.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is the debut novel of Angie Thomas and it pretty much stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for months; perhaps because it touches and handles a difficult, relevant subject.
Sixteen-year-old Starr, witnesses the death of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer, and must suddenly decide where she stands on tough issues of social justice. If you’re of the opinion that books aimed at teenagers can’t handle “serious” topics, this novel will change your mind.
The film version of the book will debut on October 19, 2018, and stars The Hunger Games breakout star Amandla Sternberg and Insecure‘s Issa Rae.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
There have been loads of adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated works, and yet movie studios are still finding new ways to portray the brilliant detective in the media.
The next of these will be a fully comedic adaptation starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson respectively. Called Holmes and Watson, the film will be released on November 9, 2018.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
The saga that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues with The Girl in the Spider’s Web. This is the fourth novel in the series, and it will find its way to the big screen in November 2018.
In this installment, brilliant hacker Lisbeth Salander and editor Mikael Blomkvist team up to investigate the mysterious activities of spies and cybercriminals, which could have repercussions for the entire United States government.
Claire Foy takes on the role of Salander, and Sverrir Gudnason, Sylvia Hoeks, and Lakeith Satnfield also star.
My Heart is My Own by John Guy
This movie adaptation of this book will be a British royal drama. John Guy’s My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, takes readers through the life of the notorious sovereign, from her accession to the Scottish throne at only nine months old to her imprisonment and eventual execution.
The film adaptation will be called Mary Queen of Scots, and you can see it on December 7, 2018. Three-time Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of Mary, and Margot Robbie will play her cousin and rival, Queen Elizabeth I.
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Philip Reeve wrote YA dystopia before it was cool. In Mortal Engines, which was originally published in 2001, a pair of teens struggle to survive in a world that’s been devastated by a “Sixty Minute War.”
What were once cities are now massive mobile civilizations, which travel across the wastelands consuming smaller towns and stealing their resources. The film marks the first full-length directorial outing by Lord of the Rings visual effects guru Christian Rivers. Look for it in theaters on December 14, 2018.