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5 of the Best – Adaptations of 2014

Five books to read before they go to the big screen

It’s World Book Day today, so we’ve made a list of 5 books to read before you watch the film later this year. There’s been a recent trend of young-adult adaptations, and we’re pleased it looks like it’s here to stay.

Divergent  – Similar to The Hunger Games, this novel by Veronica Roth is set in a dystopian world, where society is divided according to personality types. It is the first in a trilogy which has been touted as easy to read, but hard to put down. The film will start Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet.

The Giver – Another sci-fi series, this book by Lois Lowry is a modern classic. The book faced controversy when it was first published, and is one of the most challenged books in America of the 1990’s. There’s nothing too risqué however, and it offers a great insight to the difficulty of growing up. The film is due to be released in August this year.

Mockingjay – The third and final instalment of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, and in true Hollywood style it’s being split into two films. But we’re not complaining, that just gives us plenty of time to read the book, and even more Jennifer Lawrence to enjoy!

Fallen – A gothic fantasy, ala Twilight, this is the first of Lauren Kate’s romantic trilogy which every teenage girl, and her mum, should read. The film will star Addison Timlin of That Awkward Moment fame, and will be released hopefully later this year.

The Fault in Our Stars –  This novel is a touching romance from John Green, which depicts the teenage romance of a boy and girl who met at a Cancer support group. Even surrounding an upsetting subject, this story manages to be sweet and funny. The film is due to be released in June this year.

What are some of your favourite book adaptations?

  • 6 Mar, 2014
  • Gail Freedman
  • Divergent, Fallen, Mockingjay, screen adaptations, The Fault in Our Stars, The Giver, World book day, young adult fiction,

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