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Top 10 books you should read before you see the movie

There are so many new flicks coming out this season and you might be surprised to know that most of them are based on books. But before you rush out and see the movie, be sure to bury your nose in these novels first.

1

If I Stay

if i stay

Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, this film is based on Gayle Forman’s novel, If I Stay. Why should you read it? Well, it’s a story about a 17-year-old girl who ends up in a coma after an accident and has an out-of-body experience. The girl has to decide whether she should go on living a life full of difficulty or die peacefully.

2

Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia

Based on the book by Kimberly McCreight, this film stars our very own Nicole Kidman, who plays a single mother who finds her only child has committed suicide. A bleak theme for a book, sure, but full of twists as Kate (Kidman) doesn’t believe her daughter would ever kill herself and goes on the hunt to reveal the truth.

3

Divergent

Divergent

Dubbed as the next Hunger Games, but without the love triangles, Divergent is about a teen who is ready to change the course of the future for their dystopian society. It’s set to star Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet and Theo James and is due for release in March next year. Oh, it’s a trilogy, too!

4

Ender’s Game

Ender's Game

This one might sound bizarre, but it’s worth a go. Ender’s Game is about a gifted child who’s sent to military school to prepare for alien invasions. Sounds kooky, sure, but Harrison Ford is in the movie remake, so it must be good. The film is out this month.

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5

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Now, if alien invasions aren’t enough for you, what about being abducted by demons? That’s the gist of The Mortal Instruments City of Bones, which follows the story of a girl who has a supernatural bloodline. This one was released back in August, but if you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to give the book a go first.

6

The Wolf of Wall Street


The Wolf of Wall Street

Our favourite leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, is going to be starring in the film adaptation of Jordan Belfort’s The Wolf of Wall Street and that is enough reason for us to go out and read the book. It’s about a guy who gets rich, parties hard and then is left picking up the pieces of his life. The flick is due for release this month and also stars Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey.

7

The Monuments Men

The Monuments Men

This book is a true story based on a group of Allied soldiers who recover art stolen by the Nazis. It’s a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of story and the film stars George Clooney, who also serves as director and co-writer. What the book has that the film doesn’t is historical details and photographs which really bring this story to life.

8

Horns

Horns by Joe Hill

Written by Joe Hill, Horns follows Ig Perrish, played by Daniel Radcliffe, whose girlfriend is raped and murdered. He’s accused of committing the crime at first, but then he miraculously wakes up with horns and special powers which help him get revenge and find his girlfriend’s killer.

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9

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

A classic novel, The Book Thief is about a German girl who snatches books from a Nazi town. What makes the book so interesting is that it is narrated by death itself. Use your imagination and find out what you imagine death to sound like before you see the movie.

10

Serena

Serena

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the film based on Ron Rash’s book. It’s a tale which sees newlyweds George and Serena on their way to creating a timber empire, killing all those who get in the way of their empire dreams. Bradley Cooper is also in this one.

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