Welcome to Book-to-Screen where I recap any book adaptions I watched during the month and give you a little preview of what is to come in the next few months.

I hope you find something that catches your eye to read, then enjoy watching it come to life on the big screen!

Adaptations Recently Added To My Master List…

Coming To A Theater Near You…

July –

No adaptations this month.

August –

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Based On: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Theater Release Date – August 9th

Goodreads Synopsis

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz’s popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell’s splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories—and even scary songs—all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Based On: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Theater Release Date – August 9th

Goodreads Synopsis

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

The Informer

Based On: Three Seconds by Anders Roslund, Börge Hellström

Theater Release Date – August 16th

Goodreads Synopsis

Piet Hoffman, a top secret operative for the Swedish police, is about to embark on his most dangerous assignment yet: after years spent infiltrating the Polish mafia, he’s become a key player in their attempt to take over amphetamine distribution inside Sweden’s prisons. To stop them from succeeding, he will have to go deep cover, posing as a prisoner inside the country’s most notorious jail.

But when a botched drug deal involving Hoffman results in a murder, the investigation is assigned to the brilliant but haunted Detective Inspector Ewert Grens–a man who never gives up until he’s cracked the case. Grens’s determination to find the killer not only threatens to expose Hoffman’s true identity-it may reveal even bigger crimes involving the highest levels of power. And there are people who will do anything to stop him from discovering the truth.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Based On: Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Theater Release Date – August 16th

Goodreads Synopsis

Bernadette Fox has vanished.

When her daughter Bee claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. But worn down by years of trying to live the Seattle life she never wanted, Ms. Fox is on the brink of a meltdown. And after a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces–which is exactly what Bee does, weaving together an elaborate web of emails, invoices, and school memos that reveals a secret past Bernadette has been hiding for decades. Where’d You Go Bernadette is an ingenious and unabashedly entertaining novel about a family coming to terms with who they are and the power of a daughter’s love for her mother.

September –

It: Chapter 2

Based On: It by Stephen King 

Theater Release Date – September 6th

Goodreads Synopsis

It’s a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real …

They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.

The Goldfinch

Based On: The Goldfinch

Theater Release Date – September 13th

Goodreads Synopsis

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

**Please note that these are US release dates.

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11 thoughts on “Book-to-Screen

  1. I love this idea! I’ve only read Salem’s Lot but it was one of the Stephen King books I didn’t enjoy, give me more modern vamps anyday, though maybe scary ones. I watched part one of the first I.T and wow, three hours of them talking about their past was dull. But I might give the movie a go. It’s always tricky trying to decide whether to read the book first or watch the series/film. I used to always read the book first but then found the series was ruined, so it does depend on the book/film/series for me these days. Books used to be so much better but these days tv/film is good and you have to learn to enjoy them seperately.

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    1. I always read before I watch – if it is a book I want to read. I agree, there are some very good adaptations out there. The book is not always better, sometimes visually the movie or series can lift the book. I hope that you enjoy part 2 of IT better than part one.

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  2. I hope I actually get to SEE Where’d You Go Bernadette!! I loved the book, and Cate Blanchett! An adaptation of “The Art of Racing in the Rain” makes me a little nervous, because I know how many people go see dog movies, and this was decidedly *not* the dog-centered book it presented itself as. What if they take their kids? I’ll reserve judgement for a trailer.


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