The Friday Five…Books Turned Films That I’d Rather Read

For this weeks’ Friday Five I’ve picked 5 books that have been turned into films that I want to read. Some of them I’ve already watched the film adaptation of, others I’m holding out until I’ve read the book.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

book60Blurb: Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Why I want to read it: It was on my sister’s reading list way back in 2014, but neither of us got around to buying it. Last time I checked it was sold out on loads of websites so I might still have to wait a little longer, or finally invest in a Kindle.

Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

book59Blurb: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and time with the man she might one day marry.

What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars and that she is about to encounter the strangest, craziest group of people in existence.

Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian jet set; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money – and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

Why I want to read it: The film looks brilliant, no denying that, but I feel like something might be lost when watching it. Films tend to lack the subtlety of books and I think some of the story might be sacrificed for the film – of course it could be amazing, but this is definitely one I want to read before watching!

Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

book58.pngBlurb: Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal …

It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

Why I want to read it: I was a bit bored and couldn’t think of anything to watch so decided to see what the fuss was about with Love, Simon. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. I work at my Student’s Union and sometimes deal with issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity – so it’s brilliant to see films and books around those topics becoming increasingly popular and I really want to see how the book handles such an important topic.

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

book57Blurb: A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready?

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

Why I want to read it: The film was fantastic, but I want to see how that was translated from the book. I feel like Cline’s writing must be truly amazing to have made that whole virtual world work in book form. This is one of a very select group of films that both Ben and I genuinely enjoy, so I’m actually really pleased that there’s a book version for me and that I can tell Ben about any extra details that the film missed!

On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan

book56Blurb: It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Why I want to read the book: I’ve read surprisingly little McEwan so when I saw the trailers for the film and found out who had written the book version I knew it had to be added tomy TBR.

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