Read Before You Watch: Four 2016 Book-to-Movie Adaptations I Cannot Wait For

Posted January 9, 2016 by Carlisa in Let's Talk Movies / 15 Comments

Design a websiteAre you guys ready for 2016? No? Yes? Let me help you a little bit. It is a widely-known fact that the book is almost always better than the movie. It just generally has more. More context, more character depth, more thought processes, more action. Just more.

But what isn’t as widely known are which movies that are coming out are based on books. So I’m here to help you out, to let you know which of the book-to-movie adaptations I’m most excited for this year!

You in? Yes? Okay, let’s go.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

the 5th wave

Goodreads Page and Movie Trailer

Book Release Date: May 7, 2013

Movie Release Date: January 22, 2016

This book is a pretty epic. It’s the dystopian story of the earth after the five waves of an alien takeover.  But it’ll take you for a ride and you will start to sympathize with people you’d never imagine you’d sympathize with. You can read my full review here!



Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

BeforeIFall Goodreads Page

Book Release Date: October 25, 2010

Movie Release Date: TBA 2016

This is the story of Samantha Kingston, a girl who relives February 12th a total of seven times. You don’t get to choose when you die. But what if you get to relive your last day? You can read my review of the book here.




Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

fantastic beasts and where to find themGoodreads Page and Movie Trailer

Book Release Date: June 1, 2001

Movie Release Date: November 18, 2016

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE. Mostly because Harry Potter world + Eddie Redmayne = Two of my favorite things ever, ever, ever. But this one’s interesting as the book isn’t actually a story. It’s the textbook that students at Hogwarts use for their Care of Magical Creatures class (I think). The movie is then the story of Newt Scamander, the “author” of the text and his journeys. It’s set in the 20s in America, so it’s going to be super interesting. And even though we don’t see Harry and the gang, we get to experience the magic of this world all over again.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

pride and prejudice and zombiesGoodreads Page and Movie Trailer

Book Release Date: May 1, 2009

Movie Release Date: February 5, 2016

This one is bound to be interesting. I haven’t read the book yet (I’ve been on hold at the library for a million years), but I’m excited to see whether or not I’ll like it. I love, love, love Jane Austen and, you know, zombies have been big in our pop culture. And the trailer looks pretty awesome. And I love the main actress. Sooooo I’m excited.


SOOOOO there you have it. Four of my most eagerly-anticipated 2016 book-to-movie adaptations. Have you read any of these books? Are you awaiting any of these movies? LET ME KNOW. 

  • I haven’t read any of the titles on your list yet. I know, I’m such a loser. T_T Though I’m pretty excited with Fantastic Beast and Where To Find Them, because I love Harry Potter. 😀 I have to get my copy and read it before the movie!

    Discovered your blog through Nori’s #Commenting365 challenge. 🙂

    – Erika @ The Nocturnal Fey

    • Noooooo you’re not a loser! I haven’t read Fantastic Beasts either, but it’s not super essential since the book isn’t the narrative of the movie…if that sentence makes sense lol.

  • I am beyond stoked for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s going to be such an epic movie!
    Before I Fall has been on my TBR for a very long time so knowing the movie is soon might push it up my list.
    I’m very undecided about 5th Wave. Might just watch the movie for that one…

    • Have you read the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book? I’m super intrigued by its premise and the trailer for the movie looks AWESOME.

      And yeah, there are a lot of mixed feelings about the 5th Wave books, so I won’t hold it against you that you might not read them. There were definitely flaws in the narrative, but personally the story was so unique and action-packed and engrossing that I didn’t mind.

      • Yes, I have read the book. I really enjoyed it actually. It was a very cool spin on a classic story–didn’t make it so dry for me.

        Good to know about the 5th wave. I really haven’t heard much about the books to be honest.

  • Christine @ tinesreviews

    I haven’t read them all. So bad right but don’t worry I’ll read them first before I watch them. 🙂 #Commenting365

    • Haha, that’s okay that you haven’t read them yet!

  • Annalisse Strippoli

    I am so freaking excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Been meaning to read The 5th Wave and Before I Fall. I didn’t know Before I Fall was being made into a movie though. Cool!

    • YAAASSS. I am so excited for Fantastic Beasts. I’ll be at the midnight premiere for sure, no doubt about it.

      And yeah! I didn’t know that Before I Fall was being made into a movie either until recently Lauren Oliver (the author) started posting pictures from the set. I don’t think they’ve released a lot of information about it yet, but it’s definitely happening.

  • I’m so excited for The Fifth Wave movie. We have movie gift cards from Christmas, and I am purposely saving them for that one. Only a few more weeks. Wahoo! I really like Lauren Oliver, but Before I Fall is one of hers that I haven’t read yet. I heard it’s one of her best. I’m actually kind of excited for The Shadow Chronicles TV show, too. Even though I haven’t read the books, haha. I need to get on that.

    • I’m super excited for the 5th Wave movie! I hope that they do a good job. I have a feeling that it might not do super well in theaters, just because people don’t really know a lot about it…and I think people are kind of over the dystopian movie trend. BUT if they had read the book, they’d totally understand.

      And Before I Fall was good, you’d probably like it. I finished the book feeling very in awe of what I just read, like it was powerful. But that was also probably over a year and a half ago, so I am kind of fuzzy about the details. They haven’t announced much about the movie yet, but Lauren Oliver has been posting pictures from the set on her Instagram and stuff so it’s definitely happening!

      And yeeeah, I remember trying to read the City of Bones years ago, and I DNFed it. I just couldn’t get into it. But I’m pretty sure that was in like middle school, or maybe my freshman year of high school…so awhile ago. Maybe I should give them a shot. Let me know if you watch the show. I’d like to get someone’s opinion on its cheesiness level before I dive in.

      • THIS COMMENT WAS AN ESSAY. I’m so sorry. I pressed “Post” and I just stared at it for a second because it was ridiculously long. Eeeep.

      • I was thinking this too! I remember when Maleficent came out and I went to the theatres SUPER early because I actually thought there was going to be a line. Yeah, no. We were the only ones in the theatre for a good 10-15 minutes. Apparently people weren’t as excited as I was. Anyways, I’m pretty sure that’s going to happen with The 5th Wave, lol.

        I’m actually going to watch it tomorrow night when it’s on Netflix. I’ll keep you posted. The previews look SOOOO cheesy. I’m a little worried. But, Once Upon a Time is cheesy too, and we all know how much I love that.

  • I am really excited for The 5th Wave movie, but I am a bit worried about the casting. I am afraid that something is going to be messed up, like other YA book-to-movie adaptations *cough* Divergent *cough*.
    I have not read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies since I am not the biggest fan of zombies or really anything gory, but I might have to give it a chance for Jane Austen’s sake.
    But, I am totally freaking out about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I have been in Harry Potter withdrawal lately, so I hope it will be the new movie will be the cure!