10 Books to Read Before They're 2014 Movies
Since we love books as much as we love movies around here, adaptations are sometimes what we look forward to the most.
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In 2014, we'll see lots of beloved books get the big screen treatment — like "Mockingjay," "The Fault in Our Stars" and "Divergent," just to name a few. If you want to start a cinema-inspired reading list, check out this list of the movies coming out this year that are based on books.
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'The Monuments Men' by Robert M. Edsel
What it's about: The book tells the story of American and British museum directors, curators, and art historians who risked their lives to find and save European art during World War II.
Who's starring: George Clooney is the screenwriter, director, producer, and star of the film, playing the lead alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman.
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Release date: Feb. 7
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'Winter's Tale' by Mark Helprin
What it's about: Set in the 19th century and modern Manhattan, this epic NYC fantasy goes back and forth to tell the story of the love that blossoms between a middle-aged thief and a young wealthy girl who is dying.
Who's starring: Will Smith and Russell Crowe will star in "Winter's Tale."
Release date: Feb. 14
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'Thérèse Raquin' by Emile Zola
What it's about: An unhappily married woman named Thérèse takes a lover, and they conspire to kill her sickly husband.
Who's starring: Elizabeth Olsen is playing Thérèse; Tom Felton is Camille, Thérèse's husband; and Oscar Isaac plays Laurent, her lover.
Watch the trailer for "In Secret," the movie adaptation.
Release date: Feb. 21
'Divergent' by Veronica Roth
What it's about: The author's debut novel is the first book in a trilogy set in a dystopian Chicago. In the post-apocalyptic society, people have divided themselves into five factions, each based on one core value. When 16-year-old Tris finds out she falls into more than one faction, she chooses "Dauntless," but still struggles.
Who's starring: Shailene Woodley is playing Tris, and Theo James is playing Tobias. Kate Winslet is also in the film. Check out the full cast here.
Watch the trailer for "Divergent."
Release date: March 21
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'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green
What it's about: A teenage girl, Hazel, fights terminal cancer and falls for Augustus, a boy who also has cancer.
Who's starring: The cast of "The Fault in Our Stars" includes Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as the leads in the film adaptation.
Release date: June 6
'All You Need Is Kill' by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
What it's about: The sci-fi book tells the story of Keiji Kiriya, a recruit who fights against an alien invasion, dies, and then finds himself reborn each morning to fight and die again. Things change, though, when he meets a female fighter.
Who's starring: Tom Cruise stars in the adaptation, retitled "Edge of Tomorrow," as Lt. Col. Bill Cage, alongside Emily Blunt.
Release date: June 6
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'The Hundred-Foot Journey' by Richard C. Morais
What it's about: When an Indian family moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French eatery, tension builds among families as they struggle with loyalty.
Who's starring: Helen Mirren will star as chef Madame Mallory opposite Manish Dayal and Om Puri, while Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake are producing.
Release date: Aug. 8
'The Giver' by Lois Lowry
What it's about: A young boy named Jonas gets the task of being the new "receiver of memory," who keeps society's past memories, but meeting the previous receiver — "the giver" — makes him conflicted.
Who's starring: Brenton Thwaites will play Jonas, Jeff Bridges will play the giver, and Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep, and Alexander Skarsgard will also appear.
Release date: Aug. 15
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'Dark Places' by Gillian Flynn
What it's about: This thriller from the author of "Gone Girl" tells the story of Libby Day, whose mother and sisters were murdered at the family's farmhouse when she was only 7. Her testimony sent her older brother, Ben, to prison for life, and 25 years later, Libby decides to meet with the Kill Club, a group of crime enthusiasts who investigate the case and force her to rethink what really happened.
Who's starring: The "Dark Places" cast includes Charlize Theron — also a producer — as Libby Day, plus Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, and Chloë Moretz.
Release date: Sept. 1
'This Is Where I Leave You' by Jonathan Tropper
What it's about: Dysfunctional siblings who aren't used to observing their Jewish faith are forced to fulfill their father's final wish and sit shivah together for an entire week and confront their problems.
Who's starring: The "This Is Where I Leave You" cast includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Timothy Olyphant, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, and Adam Driver.
Release date: Sept. 12