Which is Better: The Book or the Movie?

With award season in full swing, we thought we’d take a look at some books that are becoming movies in 2017. Will the script stay true to the book, or will they change the ending? Will the movie be cast exactly as we imagined, or will it be so much more than we ever envisioned?

There’s so much in a book that just can’t be captured in a movie, yet a movie can bring to life a world that we never dreamed of. So which do you prefer… the book or the movie?

Here are some of this year’s nominees as well as movies coming out later this year.

 

Arrival

Arrival

With his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose. From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the heavens above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of time and reality… Chiang’s rigorously imagined fantasia invites us to question our understanding of the universe and our place in it. Previously published as Stories of Your Life and Others.


Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as ‘Human Computers’, calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, they used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA’s golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women’s rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.


Before I Fall

Before I Fall

They say that when you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me… Sam Kingston is dead. Except she isn’t. On a rainy February night, eighteen-year-old Sam is killed in a horrific car crash. But then the impossible happens: she wakes up in her own bed, on the morning of the day that she died. Forced to live over and over the last day of her life — the drive to school, skipping class, the fateful party — she desperately struggles to alter the outcome, but every morning she wakes up on the day of the crash. This is a story of a girl who dies young, but in the process learns how to live. And who falls in love… a little too late. Before I Fall is a brave and complex novel about the territory between life and death. It will make you want to live every day as if it were your last.


The Nightingale

The Nightingale

Bravery, courage, fear and love in a time of war. Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters’ relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with atrocities, but also humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah’s novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they finish reading.


The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower

The Dark Tower is soon to be a major motion picture and due in cinemas in 2017. The final volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the dark tower. Roland’s band of pilgrims remains united, though scattered. Susannah-Mia has been carried off to New York to give birth, Terrified of what may happen, Jake, Father Callahan and Oy follow. Roland and Eddie are in Maine, looking for the site which will lead them to Susannah. As he finally closes in on the tower, Roland’s every step is shadowed by a terrible and sinister creation. And finally, he realizes, he may have to walk the last dark strait alone… You’ve come this far, Come a little farther, Come all the way, The sound you hear may be the slamming of the door behind you. Welcome to The Dark Tower.

 

 

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