I was delighted to find Read It 1st – a coalition of concerned readers who want to see people reading books before they see the movie. At one point, the creators of Read It 1st discovered that 5 of the top 10 movies in theatres started off as a book but most people probably didn’t know that.
I admit that I don’t like to read books after the movie is out. And I HATE buying books with movie covers. But I do feel a crude sense of snobbery whenever I’ve read a book before they even make the movie.
I mean movies rarely do the books justice – just think about The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Lovely Bones. All made a huge splash in the book world but no one even remembers the movie. Of course, selling movie rights is the holy grail for all starving writers everywhere. So you can’t blame them for selling out.
Here are a few books you should read before they hit the silver screen – because the movie rights have already been sold.
The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard about The Hunger Games movie! It’s on my to-read list.
Mergers and Acquisitions (Dana Vachon)
Vachon’s Mergers and Acquisitions is a pretty shallow story about a really terrible investment banker with a heart of coal working at a firm named J.S. Spencer. Vachon himself admits that he was a terrible investment banker at J.P. Morgan. While I didn’t love the book (it tries too hard to be funny and absurd), I could see how this movie would draw audiences. Everyone loves to hate bankers these days and there’s a genuine interest in how they screw everyone over with their lush lifestyles and rash decisions.
Before I Go to Sleep (S.J. Watson)
I previously blogged that everyone should read Before I Go To Sleep before it becomes a sub-par movie because the book is an amazing edge-of-your-seat thriller. I’m not sure if a movie could portray the choppiness of stopping and restarting a life again every time she wakes up. Go ahead Hollywood, prove me wrong.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Seth Grahame-Smith)
As if haunted by zombies, the making of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has had many setbacks. A few years back, Natalie Portman was set to star in the movie but it looks like the plans have fallen thru. And a few months ago, the director walked out too. My bet is that they’ll cast someone unknown to play Elizabeth Bennett and make the movie – once it spears its last production zombies.
The Trylle Trilogy (Amanda Hocking)
Hocking is one of the many Amazon Kindle success stories. After getting her book rejected by every publisher out there, she self-published on Kindle. Let’s just say she’s not one of the starving writers I mentioned earlier. Better yet, let’s say she made over $2.5 million. Trylle is YA fantasy fiction but it has adults and teens under its spell. Who needs a book deal if you can go straight to a movie deal?
Shiver (Maggie Stiefvater)
Shiver is Stiefvater’s first book in her werewolf romance trilogy (Shiver, Linger and Forever). Judging by her newest book, The Scorpio Races, she’s a fantastic fantasy writer. This trilogy is also on my to-read list (after The Hunger Games).
Steven Jobs (Walter Isaacson)
Apple could sell bed bugs (now more portable than ever!) if they really wanted to and still turn a profit so why not a movie about the company’s famously eccentric creator? Just goes to show you can be a nerd and still have a movie made about you.
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