I don’t know about you guys, but I love reading a book before I see the movie (or TV show) it’s based on. In fact, many times I will put off seeing a movie so that I can read the book first. This isn’t only because I love being able to brag about how I “read the book first,” it’s also because I feel it gives me a better viewer experience, in some ways. Reading the book first gives more context to any story. It’s really difficult to translate all of the written words in a book into a movie and so, understandably, things have to get left out. It’s just that, usually, important things get left out, and reading the book helps you understand what’s happening better. You know?
Of course, there’s a downside too: sometimes I spend so much time comparing the book to the movie that I don’t even enjoy the movie at all. I like a lot of detail, and I like books better than movies, so this makes sense, but still… it’s not ideal. The only time, I think, that I liked a movie better than a book was when I watched Big Little Lies (which is technically not a movie, but a mini series), and even then, I felt I got a better grasp on the story because I had read all the detail in the book.
Overall, though, I always recommend reading the book before the movie comes out. Books are good! And also, don’t you want to feel intellectually superior to everyone else in the theater who didn’t read the book? I thought so. Here are some movies coming out based on books you definitely need to make time to read this summer. It’s not a super long list, so it’s totally doable!
Everything Everything by Nicola YoonWhat it's about: Everything Everything is a sweet YA love story about two teens who fall for each other, even though one of them has a rare disease that makes them allergic to everything. It's the best book to read if you're in the mood for something beautifully written that will also make you believe in love. Who's in it: Amandla Stenberg (who we love) and Nick Robinson. Release date: May 19, 2017
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff KinneyWhat it's about: Yes, this is a children's book, but it's one worth reading even if you're not a kid. This is the ninth volume in the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. It's about a kid, Greg, who convinces his family to take a road trip. He pretends it's for his grandfather's birthday, but it's really because he wants to go to a gamer convention. As you can imagine, hijinks ensue. It's a cute and easy read! Who's in it: Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone Release date: May 19, 2017
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav PilkeyWhat it's about: Okay, yes, another kid's book... but if you haven't already read this one, you have to, because it's adorable. In the book, George and Harold create the best superhero ever - Captain Underpants - and then accidentally bring him to life. It's just really cute, fun, and awesome. Who's in it: Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Ed Helms, Kristen Schaal Release date: June 2, 2017
Valerian & Laureline by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre ChristinWhat it's about: This isn't actually a book, but a comic series, so if you can't read long-form stuff, you might really be into this. It's about Valerian and Laureline, agents who protect mankind from time travelers in the city of Galaxity in the 28th century. They get sent to New York in 1986 to intercept an enemy (Xombul), but New York is, uh, about to disappear into the ocean. These two are basically saving the future. No big deal. Who's in it: Cara Delevingne and Ethan Hawke Release date: July 21, 2017
It by Stephen KingWhat it's about: It is the reason so many people are afraid of clowns. It's a classic horror story from famed writer Stephen King, and it's obviously terrifying and creepy and will probably give you nightmares. It's about evil forces in the form of Pennywise the Clown, who terrifies children and then comes back for them when their adults. Who's in it: No huge names, but the trailer looks TERRIFYING. Release date: September 8, 2017
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren MyracleWhat it's about: If you like John Green, you'll like this book, which is a holiday love story where three stories are actually intertwined. It's a classic Christmas story that will make you feel happy and warm and loving, so it might be weird to read it in the summer, but hey, maybe you need that kind of cheer! Who's in it: Not sure yet - it's still listed as in development on IMDB, which isn't the best sign? Release date: November 2017 (we think - the date has already been pushed once)
Wonder by R.J. PalacioWhat it's about: It's the story of Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity, and his struggle trying to fit in at a new school. It's sad but lovely. Who's in it: Jacob Tremblay (the adorable boy from Room and Julia Roberts Release date: November 17, 2017
Jumanji by Chris Van AllsburgWhat it's about: You probably had no idea Jumanji was a book, but it was - it was a kid's book! It's best known as the movie that came out years ago starring Robin Williams, but it's still worth checking out the original. It's the story of a board game that brings the jungle to the players - literally. The movie won't be exactly the same as the first one, though, so just keep that in mind. Who's in it: Kevin Hart, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan. Release date: Christmas 2017
The Death Cure by James DashnerWhat it's about: Maze Runner fans, you already know that this is the final film in the franchise and it picks up where Scorch Trials left off. Read the whole series before reading this, obviously. It's similar to The Hunger Games, as it's a dystopian fantasy novel about the world ending and good looking teens trying to fix things a bit. Who's in it: Dylan O'Brien Release date: January 12, 2018
Have you read any of these books yet? Which are you most excited to see as a movie? Share in the comments!