The book is (almost) always better than the movie, so it’s time to get a head start on next year’s film adaptations. These are just a handful of the novels making the jump to the big screen in 2016, so here’s hoping you got a few bookstore gift cards in your stocking this year.
1. “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey
Aliens attack the earth in this dystopian thriller. They bring natural disasters, deadly diseases and more. When Cassie’s (Chloe Grace Moretz) brother is taken, she is willing to risk everything to get him back.
Release date: Jan. 22, 2016
Watch the “5th Wave” trailer below:
2. “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth
The final book in the “Divergent” series is being split into two movies — just like "Mockingjay" from "The Hunger Games." The first half, which will keep the novel’s title, will show Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) leaving Chicago and searching for a way to bring peace to their home. The second half, “Ascendant,” will follow in 2017.
Release date: March 18, 2016
Watch the “Allegiant” trailer below:
3. “Me Before You” by JoJo Moyes
“Games of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke plays Louisa, a woman who takes a job looking after a disabled man, Will (“Hunger Games” actor Sam Claflin). Though it’s supposed to just be a way to make ends meet, the job ends up changing her life after she develops a special connection with Will.
Release date: June 3, 2016
4. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” by J.K. Rowling
This was just a small book that read a like a dictionary of the creatures from the world of “Harry Potter.” It’s less than 50 pages, but it inspired a new trilogy of films. The first movie hits theaters in the winter and will follow the author, Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), on a trip to America.
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016
Watch the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trailer below:
5. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
Rachel (Emily Blunt) sees what she believes is the perfect couple on the train every day. Things take a weird turn when the woman in that couple goes missing, and Rachel gets involved in the mystery surrounding her disappearance.
Release date: Oct. 7, 2016
6. “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith
If Jane Austen just wasn’t exciting enough for you, perhaps zombies are the missing ingredient. In this retelling, Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a zombie-fighter who isn’t ready to put down her sword for a man.
Release Date: Feb. 5, 2016
Watch the trailer for “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies” below:
Which books will you read before seeing the movie in 2016? Sound off in the comments section below!