Books to Movies This Holiday Season

24 Sep 2015

The end of September is near, which means we are less than two months from Thanksgiving! If you can’t almost taste the turkey you’re not looking forward to seeing your family enough. Reader that you are, you may not honor the tradition of rough housing in the leaves, but who can avoid over eating? And then there’s going to the movie theater. You may be excited to see what’s coming out in November. And, just a month later, the Yuletide arrives, and with it, another sweep of films fighting for award contention.

If you’re a book lover, you may be excited (or disappointed) to hear that a number of loved books (9 all told) are being shown in film form. Put these on your “Books to read before someone watches the movie and ruins it for you” List, or your “Movies to be compared with the book” List and prepare yourself for whatever lies ahead, be it (hopefully) good, or (all too often) bad. We’re particularly excited about The Martian!

Thanksgiving Season

November 6th:




Summary: A girl from Ireland finds love with a man in America. A classic story about the often-at-odds love for ones partner and love for ones family.

Published: May 5th, 2009

Author: Colm Toibin

Director: John Crowley

Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson



On Her Majesty’s Service

Summary: James Bond is out to end a shadowy league of evil known as Spectre.

Published: April 1, 1963

Author: Ian Fleming

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes


November 20th




Summary: In this end to the Hunger games trilogy, finally we learn the fate of Catniss, Peeta, and the country.

Published: August 24, 2010

Author: Suzanne Collins

Director: Francis Lawrence

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Hutcherson


November 25th




Summary: Student blinded by obsession with life creates something he cannot handle the responsibility of, as a result forcing dire consequences on his life and the lives of his family.

Published: 1818 Anonymously, 1823 as Mary Shelley

Author: Mary Shelley

Director: Paul McGuigan

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy



The Martian

Summary: An astronaut is stuck on Mars, stranded to provide for himself with a combination of ingenuity and previous knowledge.

Published: Feb 11, 2014

Author: Andy Weir

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Matt Damon,

November 27th


The Danish Girl

Summary: The biography of the first person to undergo transgender surgery.

Publishing Date: February 1, 2001

Author: David Ebershoff

Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard


Christmas Season

December 4th:



Summary: Shakespeare’s play has had more than a few adaptions, and while this will have a limited release, it has a promising cast.

Published: 1623

Author: William Shakespeare

Director: Justin Kurzel

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard

December 11th:



In the Heart of the Sea

Summary: This story recounts the true account of a whaling excursion, which is said to have inspired Melville’s Moby Dick.

Published: May 8, 2000

Author: Nathaniel Philbrick

Director: Ron Howard

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy

December 25th:


The Revenant

Summary: A frontiersman, mauled by a bear and left for dead, survives to seek vengeance.

Published: 2002

Author: Michael Punke

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Cast: Leonardo Dicaprio, Tom Hardy

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