6 Books To Read Before You Watch The Movies
To avoid unpredictable twists that you did not see coming, read these books before the movies come out. All the books listed below are available at Text Book Centre.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
This classic tells the story of Emma, a young, easily impressionable young woman who finds herself listless in the dull countryside that she calls her home. Emma thinks that marrying a young doctor will offer her some reprieve from the tedious monotony of her daily life. But as she soon finds, marriage offers her nothing more than that which she sought to escape.
Full of hope and despair, in equal measure, you can watch the on-screen recreation of this timeless classic that stars Ezra Miller,Watch Movie Trailer [Buy Online]
It’s Our Turn To Eat, Michela Wrong
The book derives its title from the sinister Kenyan phrase ‘It’s time to eat’ that attests to the unconcealed nature of corruption that was at the time, crippling this East Africa economy. Published in 2009, the book is an expose by British journalist Michaela Wrong. In these precarious times that we now find ourselves living, to be Kenyan is to know that ‘eating’ is almost always a euphemism for corruption. To be a Kenyan is to know that up until a while ago, the phrase ‘National Cake’ was almost always used to describe our naturally existing resources, which would then be shared out among high ranking government officials.
Restless Global, a Pan-African film studio is working on an adaptation of the book into a feature film titled State of Betrayal. Production and casting for this has not yet begun. [Buy Online]
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay is the last book in the Hunger Games series. Set in a futuristic America, Mockingjay continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist. Katniss unites the districts of Panem, and leads them in a rebellion against the draconian government of the day, headed by the Capitol.
As a form of punishment for a previous rebellion against the government of the day, each year the districts send two of its young, “tributes,” to ‘take part in games of survival in a huge artificial arena’. The games serve as a form of contrived entertainment as they are televised throughout the entire districts, in real time. The “tributes” have to ‘put on a good performance on television, or they won’t win as much support from viewers’ support could come in various forms i.e. basic supplies that could eventually save their lives. It is from one of these games that we are introduced to the brevity of Katniss.
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth the movie comes out Friday, November 20th.
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Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy, Book 3), Veronica Roth
Tris Prior has lived her life knowing that society is divided into five factions (‘societal divisions that classify citizens based on their values’): Amity, Candor, Erudite, Dauntless, and Abnegation. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Her new reality turns out to be much more alarming than the one she left behind. Nothing makes sense anymore. Allegiant takes us on a journey with Tris as she learns -in some of the most heart wrenching ways possible- about courage,and love.
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz and Naomi Watts, the movie is set for a 2016 release date.Watch Movie Trailer [Buy Online]
Still Alice, Lisa Genova
We are thrown, full throttle, into the life of Alice Howland, a Cognitive Psychology professor at Harvard. Her unexpected diagnosis causes Alice to question her sense of self and worth as she learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.
Still Alice is a realistic depiction of the precarious nature of life.Starring: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, and Kristen Stewart.
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The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
Rachel Watson is a recent divorcee battling with an alcohol addiction. Her daily train commute to and fro her workplace in some seedy section of London allows her a glimpse into the lives of the families that live in one of the houses. One couple living in one of the house she often sees on her commute draws her attention- perhaps they appeal to her like so because they are to her, a shining symbol of all that she’s lost. And so, she begins to follow their daily lives, drawing from the minute glimpse her daily commute allows her, forming stories around the kind of people she thinks that they could be.
The Girl on a Train is a psychological thriller that explores the complex human emotions of heart break, alcohol-induced slip-ups and unrequited love.
Set to be released in 2016, rumored cast members include Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) and Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen).