Read the book, see the movie

Cover of "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn

It’s pretty much inevitable now that if a book is either really good or really popular (or both) it will become a movie. Love them or hate them, book-to-movie adaptations are unavoidable, and Buzzfeed has a list of 16 Books to Read Before They Hit Theaters this Year.

Some of the buzziest releases include recent AViD author Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon, and YA sensation Divergent by Veronica Roth, starring Shailene Woodley. There’s also the 2012 bestseller Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. The newest issue of Entertainment Weekly features Affleck and Pike on the cover, with photos shot by director David Fincher. In the EW article, Flynn, who also wrote the movie’s screenplay, talks about a new ending for the movie. “There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie,” she said. Fans of Gone Girl are already speculating what kind of new twist ending the movie will have. Bookish and MTV both have their own ideas for how it will change, but don’t read either of these articles unless you’ve already read the book (they’ve got spoilers)!

I finished Gone Girl in two days, so I’m really looking forward to the movie and finding out what the new ending will be. A few others I’m excited about are Winter’s Tale, Labor Day and The Giver. Although I almost always prefer the book, there are some adaptations that I love so I’m cautiously optimistic. There have been some pretty big disappointments, though, so you just never know. Just in case you’re curious, I’ll share my favorite (any of the Harry Potter movies) and my least favorite (Something Borrowed -- book was great, movie was terrible). What are some of your favorite adaptations? How about your least favorite? Any from this list that you’re especially excited about? Let me know -- and don’t forget to head to the Des Moines Public Library to find both the book and the movie!

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