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23 Books turned into movies in 2015

Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...

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From pages to the big screen

Universal Pictures
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From pages to the big screen

A lot of books were turned into films in 2015. Have you read them all yet?

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'The Martian' by Andy Weir

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'The Martian' by Andy Weir

Set in the near future, an American astronaut, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) gets stranded on Mars and has an epic struggle to survive.

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'In the Heart of the Sea'

Warner Bros.
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'In the Heart of the Sea'

Based on a real-life news story from 1820, the Essex was a whaling ship that was struck and sunk by a sperm whale.

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'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth

Lionsgate
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'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth

Tris (Shailene Woodley) continues her battle against the corrupt alliance which threatens to doom her secret society of outcasts.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James

Universal Pictures
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'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James

Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), brings literature student Anastasia Steele into his secret world of sex, bondage and need for control.

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'The Revenant' by Michael Punke

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'The Revenant' by Michael Punke

A 19th-century frontiersman, Hugh Glass, demands vengeance against those who left him for dead after he was nearly killed by a bear.

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'True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa'

20th Century Fox
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'True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa'

Michael Finkel is a down-on-his-luck journalist who befriends a mass murderer, Christian Longo.

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'The Mortdecai Trilogy' by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Lionsgate
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'The Mortdecai Trilogy' by Kyril Bonfiglioli

Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is a mustachioed art dealer who begins searching for a stolen painting that may reveal Nazi secrets.

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'Black Mass' by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

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'Black Mass' by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill

This is the real-life story of Whitey Bulger, a violent criminal and head of the Irish mob in Boston, who became an FBI informant.

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'Brooklyn' by Colm Toibin

Wildgaze/Parallel Films
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'Brooklyn' by Colm Toibin

Set in the 1950s, a working-class Irish girl, Ellis Lacey hopes to make a better life for herself in New York and finds love.

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'The Choice' by Nicholas Sparks

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'The Choice' by Nicholas Sparks

Neighbors Travis (Benjamin Walker) and Gabby (Maggie Grace) find romance in spite of life's challenges. 

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'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' by Liz Jensen

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'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' by Liz Jensen

The lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur when Dr. Pascal begins to treat a 9-year-old boy after a near-fatal accident.

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'The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'

Fox
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'The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials'

Having escaped from the Maze, the Gladers, including Thomas and Teresa, find a dystopian world ravaged by disease and a dying sun.

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'Paper Towns' by John Green

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'Paper Towns' by John Green

Quentin and his closest buddies take off on a road trip in search of Margo, who's disappeared under mysterious circumstances.

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'Far From the Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy

Fox Searchlight
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'Far From the Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy

Bathsheba Everdene has set her sights on three very different men: a sheep farmer, a soldier and a wealthy, older bachelor.

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'The Longest Ride' by Nicholas Sparks

Miramax
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'The Longest Ride' by Nicholas Sparks

College student Sophia has fallen for champion bull rider Luke, despite the fact she's planning to take a job in New York.

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'Serena' by Ron Rash

Magnolia Pictures
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'Serena' by Ron Rash

When Serena discovers she can't bear children, she begins a downward spiral into madness.

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'The Spook's Apprentice'

Legendary Pictures
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'The Spook's Apprentice'

Set in the middle ages, Young Thomas studies to become an expert ghost and demon hunter under the tutelage of Master Gregory.

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'Into the Forest' by Jean Hegland

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'Into the Forest' by Jean Hegland

On the edge of an apocalypse, two young women escape to an ancient forest where they struggle to survive.

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'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn

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'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day re-examines exactly what took place when her family was murdered, when she was only 7. 

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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Cross Creek
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'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'

Austen's tale of romance gets tangled when zombies invade England.

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'Where Rainbows End' by Cecelia Ahern

Lionsgate
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'Where Rainbows End' by Cecelia Ahern

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, growing up in Ireland. Could these best friends also be his soul mates?

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'Me Before You' by JoJo Moyes

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'Me Before You' by JoJo Moyes

Louisa begins to have romantic feelings about Will, a severely disabled young man who employs her.

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