We’d consider the topic of ‘book vs movie’ to be one of the great debates of our time, wouldn’t you agree? ;-)
If you ask people which is better, the book or the movie – it seems more often than not, the answer is the book. We may be a little biased to agree with that statement but you don’t have to take our word for it. 2014 seems to be a big year for books being adapted to film. Our suggestion, start turning the pages on these great reads before they hit theaters then head to the movies and let us know which reigns supreme in your book. (See what I did there – I told you we might be biased).
Happy reading…..and watching!
Orphan and mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find Beverly Penn, the daughter who resides in the home Peter believed to be empty. Thus begins the love affair between a middle-aged Irishman and a fatally ill young woman in a magical New York City. If you’re looking for a novel laced with fantasy and romance, this is a good place to start.
Release date: 2.14.14
A classic story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Brilliantly written, Endless Love is the deeply moving story of a first love so powerful that it becomes dangerous—not only for the young lovers, but for their families as well.
Release date: 2.14.14
A small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.
Release date: 4.16.14
The savage murders of 3 young children sparks a controversial trial of 3 teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt’s The Devil’s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys who became known as the West Memphis Three.
Release date: 5.9.14
When tragedy pushes Hassan and his family out of India, they eat their way around the world, settling in Lumière, a small town in the French Alps. The family opens an Indian restaurant that becomes wildly popular among the residents, infuriating their French rival Madame Mallory. After she wages a culinary war with the family, Mallory finally agrees to mentor Hassan, leading him to Paris and the launch of his own restaurant. A charming, endearing, and downright delicious read.
Release date: 8.8.14
A thrilling story that follows newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton on their journey to create a timber empire and ruthlessly kill all who fall out of favor. George fathered an illegitimate child, and when Serena discovers that she cannot bear children, she sets out to kill the son George fathered without her.
Release date: 2014
The tale of a passionate, independent woman and her 3 suitors, Far from the Madding Crowd tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene and her relationships with the devoted Gabriel Oak, the dashing Sergeant Troy, and the reclusive gentleman farmer, Mr. Boldwood. Through her wayward nature and a winding path of events propelled by Hardy’s recurring feminist themes, this is an unforgettable narrative of both beauty and devastation.
Release date: 2014
New spies with new loyalties, old spies with old ones; terror as the new mantra; decent people wanting to do good but caught in the moral maze; all the sound, rational reasons for doing the inhuman thing; the recognition that we cannot safely love or pity and remain good “patriots” — this is the fabric of John le Carré’s fiercely compelling work of deep humanity and uncommon relevance to our times.
Release date: 1.19.2014 (Sundance Film Festival)