Read the book first: 2018

Read the book first: 2018

Every year, I like to give you a heads up on movies coming out the following year which are based on books.


A lot of people like to read the book before they see the movie…I’m one of those.

A book doesn’t spoil a movie for me, but the reverse can be true. Generally, a book is more complex: deeper and more characters, more plot points, more complexity. That doesn’t mean that a movie is never better than the book…I can think of a few examples (I would argue Soylent Green over Make Room! Make Room! and Rollerball over the original short story…although, perhaps those haven’t aged well. How about the original Planet of the Apes?).

If you prefer to see the movie first, that’s fine: I’m not judging. 😉

It’s also worth noting that, if we exclude comic books, the biggest box office movies aren’t typically based on books. Award-winning movies certainly may be, and some book-based books are also blockbusters (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter).

Here are some of the movies scheduled to be released in 2018 which are based on books (if I link to something, and I won’t have time to link to most of them this morning, it will be the book in the USA Kindle store):

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

A beloved book, director, and stars…virtual fingers crossed!

Ready Player One (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) by Ernest Cline

This is likely to be one of the biggest movies. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg, after all. However, Spielberg directed movies haven’t always been giant hits…just mostly. 😉

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Natalie Portman stars, and the trailer has been getting buzz.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (original book by Michael Crichton)

Is this based on a movie, or based on a movie based on a movie based on a book? 😉

Maze Runner: The Death Cure by James Dashner

Third in the series based on the young adult dystopian source

The Irishman (based on  I Heard You Paint Houses) by Charles Brandt

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro star in this movie based on a non-fiction book about what happened to Jimmy Hoffa.

Mary Poppins Returns (based on books by) P.L. Travers

People are going to expect it to really be based on the Disney musical, but I’m hearing some things which suggest there might be a bit less “sugar” in it…

Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James

Continuing the adaptations…

12 Strong by Doug Stanton

War non-fiction, starring Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner…

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Jennifer Lawrence in action mode, directed by Francis Lawrence (no relation), who directed The Hunger Games. Some people are referring to it as the Black Widow (Marvel) movie we haven’t gotten yet…

And a quick listing…

  • The Meg
  • Mortal Engines
  • Good Omens
  • Zeroville
  • Ophelia (based on Hamlet)
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • The Bell Jar (weirdly listed as a “Comedy, Drama”)
  • Vanity Fair
  • Storm Boy
  • Break My Heart 1000 Times
  • Yardie

Are you happily (or nervously) anticipating others? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

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