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Books allow the reader to imagine visuals in the reader’s head through passages, while movies bring visuals to life for the audience. Several fantastic books had received or are receiving film adaptations in the near future. Here are some of the pieces with films adaptations from our collection.

The Knife of Never Letting Go is the first book of a science fiction trilogy, Chaos Walking by British-American author Patrick Ness. The trilogy takes place in a dystopia where every living soul can read each other’s minds through images and words. The upcoming movie will be the whole book trilogy into one film, starring Tom Holland, directed by Doug Liman and premiering in 2020. 

The Aftermath is a novel by Rhidian Brook, set in destroyed Germany after World War II. The book is about two families, one British and one German, living in one household and the conflicts that arise from this setting. The film adaptation is also called The Aftermath, directed by James Kent and stars Keira Knightley. This dramatically romantic intense movie was released on March 15, 2019.

The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson is a book about a man part of the Ku Klux Klan and a woman part of the Civil Rights Movement becoming friends through a set of argumentative and aggressive transformations. The film adaptation stars Taraji P. Henson and was directed by Robin Bissell. This dramatically historic movie premiered on April 5, 2019.

Pet Sematary is a horror novel written by Stephen King in 1983 essentially about a haunted pet cemetery; which is misspelled on the label, creating the title of the novel. The book was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986. King’s work was adapted into a film twice, the most recent released on April 5, 2019. The film stars Jason Clarke and was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.

The Sun is Also a Star is a young adult romantic novel by Nicola Yoon about a Jamaican-American girl, named Natasha, meeting and falling in love with a Korean-American boy, named Daniel, on the day that Natasha is due to be deported. The plot dives into questions about God, love and fate. The film adaptation came out on May 17, 2019, directed by Ry Russo-Young and starring Yara Shahidi and Anais Lee.

Artemis Fowl is a book series of eight science-fiction novels by Eoin Colfer. The series is about a criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl the II. The film adaptation will be produced by Disney and will come out on May 29, 2020.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is a comedy novel by Maria Semple about an architect with agoraphobia. The protagonist, named Bernadette Fox, goes missing before a family trip to Antarctica. The film adaptation stars Cate Blanchett and comes out on August 16, 2019.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn is about an intelligent psychologist who is having a breakdown due to her separation from her husband and young daughter. Despite their departure, she still talks to them on a regular basis. We learn about the story of “the woman in the window” and how she copes with her breakdown with medication. The movie version of the novel is expected to release on October 4, 2019 and stars Amy Adams.

The Goldfinch is a novel by Donna Tartt about a boy named Theo Decker who survives and very traumatic incident that unfortunately kills his mother. The story launches in the midst of the tragedy, when he receives a ring from a dying man. The film version of the novel is set to premiere on September 13, 2019. The movie includes big-name actors such as Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson and Nicole Kidman, and was directed by John Crowley.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology. The famous musical known as Cats was based on Eliot’s poems. The film adaptation of Cats is expected to come out on December 20, 2019, starring Idris Elba and Rebel Wilson.