When a book manages to capture your imagination and leave an imprint on your heart, it will often leave you wanting more.
Book to film adaptations have become increasingly popular over the years, with big screen movies bringing many of our favourite books to life. From romance to heartwarming coming of age stories, films have the ability to truly hit home the important messages delivered within the original book whilst adding an extra sprinkle of magic.
To celebrate the release of Every Day, in cinemas today (Friday April 20), we’re taking a look at five book to film adaptations that will steal your heart.
Wonder is based on the best-selling 2012 novel by R.J Palacio. The inspiring story focuses on August “Auggie” Pullman, played by Jacob Tremblay, a boy with a rare medical facial deformity who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
Wonder emphasises the importance of kindness and friendship, with the cast tugging at our heartstrings throughout. The coming-of-age story also sees several characters struggle with their identity, with Auggie in particular dealing with being both ordinary and extraordinary. After all, you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.
The Fault in Our Stars
Based on John Green’s iconic 2012 book, The Fault In Our Stars tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old cancer patient who falls in love with Gus Walters. Sharing an acerbic wit and a disdain for the conventional, we follow their unconventional yet unforgettable love story
The Fault In Our Stars takes us on a breathtaking journey and is guaranteed to leave you shedding a tear or two. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort are truly captivating as Hazel and Gus, and bring John Green’s memorable characters to life.
Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and follows 17-year-old Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson) who starts messaging and falls for Blue, an anonymous student at his school. However, there’s a problem – Simon has yet to tell his family or friends that he is gay and he also has no idea who Blue actually is.
During the film we follow Simon’s journey which includes being outed by a fellow student, coming out to his parents and finding out who Blue is. We can’t help but root for him to receive his happy ever after, as everyone deserves a great love story after all. Read our review of Love, Simon here.
Me Before You
Me Before You, based on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel, follows the vibrant yet quirky Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark as she embarks on her most challenging job role yet – a caregiver for Will Traynor, a young man left paralyzed by a motorcycle accident.
Over time, both characters’ lives and hearts change in ways neither of them could have imagined. Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin are an absolute dream team and bring the characters of Lou and Will to life in this heartbreaking movie. If the book made you emotional, the film will ruin you even more.
Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of 16-year-old Rhiannon, played by Angourie Rice, who falls in love with a mysterious soul named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find each other, not knowing what or who the next day will bring.
The screen adaptation of Every Day captures the themes of identity, love and the search for happiness perfectly as the more the two fall in love, the more the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours takes its toll. This leaves Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make. Check out our review of it here.
Every Day is in cinemas from today, April 20. Share your thoughts on the film on social media using #EveryDayMovie