Book-to-movie adaptations can be tricky and are never guaranteed to be great. Often, they leave us book readers shaking our heads in smug disappointment that the book was better. I am absolutely guilty of this. However, they’re also so much fun. Seeing the stories come alive! Your fave characters embodied before you! Giving us book readers so much to be smug about! It’s a delight and there are quite a few coming up that are exciting to me.
I’ve ever so helpfully put them in the order that they occurred to me.
- Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal. Yes, the Wakefield Sisters will be coming to the big screen! Check out the details here (an article I also posted on my Facebook page yesterday, which you should check out and “like” so you never miss an update 🙂 While there isn’t much yet known (no cast or general storylines yet), the writers who are attached to the script wrote two of the arguably most formative movies of my late adolescence, 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde. So you know the story and the quips and the inherent feminism will be rich there. There was a lot of scandal and excitement in these books and my eleven-year-old self is pretty swoony over this news. You know I’ll be there opening day in my purple denim vest repping the Unicorn Club. Expected Release Date: Unknown (I mean the news just came out yesterday).
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I just posted about these dishy, sweet books by Jenny Han in my July Favorite Finds post, and the next day it was announced they will be made into a movie. This is such exciting news because not only is this a sweet story that will translate well to a movie, but it is groundbreaking in so far as the main characters are all half Korean. A major studio teen movie will center around Asian-American characters. There has been a lot of conversation on social media around the casting of the movie, which has been really interesting and enlightening. Ultimately, when was the last time you saw a movie about Asian or Asian-American characters? I mean, this is a big deal with a capital B. I’m generally shy on Twitter (you should follow me and help me get better), but this news had me brazen, tweeting Duana and Lainey, from Show Your Work and Han herself. Expected release date: unknown.
- The Black Panther. Okay, this is a comic so it’s a bit of a cheat, but I’m still so excited. I’m not a huge comic movie fan in general– I love OG X-Men (X2 is hands-down the best one. Come for me), but otherwise I’ve never gotten in to the Spidermans, the Avengers or their spinoffs, or any of the other Marvel movies. Oh, wait, I did love Guardians of the Galaxy. So I guess I’m more than luke warm, but definitely not a major Marvel fangirl. Based on the trailer, The Black Panther has all the ingredients to make a fangirl (fan woman? gross, no) out of me. I mean, Michael B. Jordan is a key ingredient, tbh. Release date: February 16, 2018
- It by Stephen King. Okay, full disclosure, I haven’t read It, yet. I have read (and loved) several other Stephen King books, but It has always been daunting because it just seems so scary. Once my best friend reads this (she is a Stephen King scholar), she will remind me of all the reasons I need to, as she has done for years. And I will! Because I want to read it before the movie comes out, which looks super legit, unlike most Stephen King books-to-movie adaptations. She also gave the trailer her stamp of approval, which is no small thing. Release date: September 8, 2017.
- A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Just as every bookish kid before and after me, I LOVED A Wrinkle In Time. I only read it the once in fourth grade and am not convinced I even understood everything. I hardly remember any details either, other than the feeling it left me with. I’m quite excited to see the film adaptation for this very reason. The trailer looks like all who are a part of it have taken great care in representing the story well. Also: OPRAH. Release Date: March 9. 2018
Any book-movie adaptations that you’re excited for that aren’t on this list? Let me know in the comments!