There's no better time to hibernate — with a book, of course. For your next novel, consider one of these books that'll soon be adapted for the big screen. We've got new titles that have recently been picked up, plus books whose movie versions will get their big release soon. Click through to see what the next hot adaptations will be, and stay ahead of the pop culture curve!
Adaptations are all the rage, and the upcoming big-screen version of Jonathan Tropper's novel This Is Where I Leave You is one we're eagerly anticipating, since we loved the book about a dysfunctional family begrudgingly coming together. The movie now has a release date of Sept. 12, and if you've read the book, you'll want to see who's playing whom. Jason Bateman is on board to fill the shoes of main character Judd Foxman, one of four siblings who assemble to sit shiva when their father dies, along with Tina Fey and a Girls star. See everyone who's in the cast here.
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Consider yourself both a bookworm and a movie buff? As you look for more books to add to your Fall reading list, pick up one of the page-turners that will soon make its way to the silver screen. Modern bestsellers like Room by Emma Donoghue, Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan, and Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects are some of the well-known titles being adapted for the big screen along with classic reads like The Grapes of Wrath. This season, cozy up with one of the must-read books that are being made into movies!
At long last, you can finally find out what Bridget Jones has been up to all these years! The third book in Helen Fielding's popular series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, comes out this month, giving fans a peek into the witty character's modern-day life. Another series on our radar is Divergent, and the final book of the trilogy will also hit shelves this month, along with Dave Eggers's newest novel and fiction from Elizabeth Gilbert. Looking for a laugh or a fun dose of nostalgia? Melissa Joan Hart tells all in her new memoir, which details behind-the-scenes moments from her '90s TV days, while style star Alexa Chung talks fashion, creativity, and music in her memoir, It. See all that and more with our roundup of the best books coming out in October!
Fifty Shades of Grey officially has a director, and release date, and a cast — oh, wait. Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the movie recently, meaning the role of Christian Grey is back up for grabs. Dakota Johnson is still in for the movie, but who will play opposite her? Let's review all the actors and actresses who have commented on the possibility of starring. Who knows, maybe one of them is now the front-runner!
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Bookworms, listen up — we've curated a checklist of the 20 books we can't wait to read when they come out this Fall, dipping into a range of genres to suit all your reading moods! In September, we plan to stock our shelves with a royal memoir, a young adult hit, and the latest love story from Nicholas Sparks. October will bring fiction from Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, plus a new novel by Dave Eggers and the third Bridget Jones book. Looking ahead, November brings a poignant work of historical fiction by Anita Shreve. As you prepare for a cozy season of curling up with new reads, check out the best Fall books on our checklist below and download a printable list here!
It's always fun to read books that are going to be made into movies, but I think we're all guilty of watching a movie instead of reading a book at some time . . . and that time was probably when you were in school. Since it's back-to-school time right now, let's reflect on the required reading books from your high school days that were adapted into film, whether you used them to ace a pop quiz or to get a broader vision of a beloved novel.
J.K. Rowling just made a deal to go back to the wizarding world: she'll write the screenplay for a new Harry Potter spinoff film series, based on her previous work Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The title refers to a book in the Harry Potter universe (which was published in the real world in 2001), and in the movie, we'll get the story of Newt Scamander, the book's fictional author, and his life in New York 70 years before Potter's time. Though Rowling said that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to Harry Potter's story, she confirmed that the new series is an "extension of the wizarding world" — and that "the laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films." So, for us fans, let's talk about how familiar we already are.
What is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them?
Fantastic Beasts is one of Harry Potter's textbooks at Hogwarts, which first appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (the first book of the series). Written by Newt Scamander, it's a guide for magizoology — the study of magical creatures — and educates young minds about 75 different species of creatures, all based on the observations of the author himself on his travels. It's required reading for all first-year Hogwarts students.
What do we know about Newt Scamander?
According to the "About the Author" section, Scamander (full name: Newton Artemis Fido "Newt" Scamander) was born in 1897 and graduated from Hogwarts as a Hufflepuff, then worked for the Ministry of Magic in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. At one point, he was the headmaster of Hogwarts. His interest in magizoology comes from his mother, a Hippogriff breeder. After publishing the textbook, Scamander retired with his wife in Dorset.
Is Newt Related to any Harry Potter characters?
Yes, by marriage; Scamander's grandson Rolf marries Luna Lovegood (the two both grow up to be naturalists).
Any other weird stuff?
Maybe — in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Scamander's name appears on the Marauder's Map with no explanation.
To kick off Fall, we'll be stocking our shelves with the big-name memoirs, fun young-adult novels, and literary fiction that's coming out this month. The back-to-school season is the perfect time to dive into some new books, so we're highlighting the upcoming releases we think you should be excited about, too. Whether you're in the midst of academia or you graduated years ago, get in the school-year spirit by curling up with one of our top September must reads.
If you're looking for a new book, no matter what your fancy, we've got you covered. POPSUGAR editors are highlighting their favorite Summer reads, including everything from fiction to memoirs to suspenseful thrillers. Covering a range of topics and genres, our editors' picks feature brand-new hits, like J.K. Rowling's latest, plus classic books you can't put down. Ready to refresh your Summer reading list? Stock your shelves (or fill your ereader) with our editors' favorite page-turners!