These 5 books are being released as films this year. Will the movies live up to reader's expectations? Time will tell. 1. Peter Rabbit- Beatrix Potter
Poster for the Peter Rabbit movie, property of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Enid Blyton's classic children's book series is finally making it to the big screen in a 3D animated feature. Voice actors will include Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, David Wenham and Daisy Ridley (star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens) with James Corden (of Gavin and Stacey) as the voice of Peter.
Peter Rabbit was released in the USA in February 2018 and will be released in Australia in March.
2. A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Poster for the 2018 film A Wrinkle in Time, via Wikipedia, Fair use.
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, first published in 1962, is a classic children's science fiction novel and the first book in L'Engle's Time Quartet. It is the story of 13-year-old Meg Murry, who goes on a journey to find and rescue her missing father. She and her brother, Charles, and her friend, Calvin, are aided by mysterious beings called Mrs Who, Mrs What and Mrs Which, who help them travel through time and space.
A Wrinkle in Time will be released in Australia in March
3. The Little Stranger - Sarah Waters.
Cover of the novel, via Wikipedia.
In 1947, Dr Faraday, a respectable country doctor, is called to Hundreds Hall, the country estate where his mother worked as a housemaid, to treat a patient. The old house is in decline, in line with the fortune of its inhabitants, and Faraday's own family's story becomes entwined with the mysteries surrounding it.
The Little Stranger was written by Sarah Waters, best selling author of Affinity, Fingersmith, Tipping the Velvet and The Night Watch. Like the earlier novels, it is historical fiction with wonderful attention to details of the period in which it is set, but it differs from them because it is her first novel without any overtly Lesbian characters.
The Little Stranger stars Domhall Gleeson (of Ex Machina and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Faraday and Charlotte Rampling (Red Sparrow) as Mrs Ayers. It will be released in Australia in August 2018.
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson
Cover of the novel, Wikimedia commons, fair use.
Shirley Jackson's eerie novel is told from the point of view of young Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood, who lives with her sister and uncle a remote mansion and is shunned by the inhabitants of the nearby village due to a scandalous tragedy that happened to the family some years earlier.
The film will be directed by Stacie Passon and stars Taissa Farmiga (of American Horror Story and Final Girls) as Merricat and Alexandra Daddario (also from American Horror Story) as Constance Blackwood.
I couldn't find a release date for this one, but it is supposed to be released in the USA, sometime in 2018.
5. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
First edition of the novel, Wikimedia commons.
The Bell Jar is the celebrated American poet, Sylvia Plath's only novel, and is semi-autobiographical. It is the story of a young girl, Esther Greenwood, who while spending the summer as an intern at a magazine in New York City becomes mentally unstable and spends some time in hospital. The new film stars Dakota Fanning as Esther and is directed by Kirsten Dunst.