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Books you HAVE to read before seeing the film

By BzAimee 09 Mar 2017

2017 promises to be a big year for BIG releases...

The silver screen is all set to offer you some of the most anticipated titles from some of the hottest directors, with the likes of Danny Boyle, Kenneth Branagh and Guy Ritchie releasing some of their most anticipated works to date.

Despite this, they and many other directors will not be taking all the credit, as this year sees the release of TrainSpotting 2, Beauty and The Beast, and Murder On The Orient Express...all of which as you English Lit aficionados will know, are primarily books before they are films...

So if you can't wait to snuggle into a chewing gum lined cinema chair with a £9 watered down Tango and a tray of luminous molten cheese nachos, why not get down to the library and get ahead of the film buffs!

  1. King Arthur: Legend of The Sword (Guy Ritchie, 2017)
    There isn't one book telling the story of King Arthur, there are literally hundreds! The Arthurian Romances began in the sixth century, though it wasn't until the 12th century that they were written down. The most important of these was Geoffrey of Monmouth's, History of the Kings of Britain. Check out the Medieval stack today!
  2. TrainSpotting 2 (Danny Boyle)
    Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie didn't stop with an old battered head bag containing 14k making its way to Amsterdam. No, Irvine Welsh continued the story of the incomprehensible Scotsmen in his sequel novel, Porno. Though T2 doesn't stick religiously close to the book, there are many themes that do cross over. 
  3. Murder on The Orient Express (Kenneth Branagh)
    Next time you're home, check your parent's bookshelf - you'll more than likely find a copy of Agatha Christie's literary work of the same name. Christies little Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, now fetches over £2,000 for first editions and is currently in its 11th print run. Let's hope the movie can do as well.
  4. Beauty and The Beast
    Before Disney's gobsmacking adaptation, the French had their own, more sophisticated version, known as La Belle et la Bete. Published in 1740, it's a fairy tale following the European written tradition of women falling in love with beasts. The story is almost the same, though Beauty’s dad is minted, she has loads of hot siblings and the macho Gaston makes no appearance.
  5. Fifty Shades Darker (James Foley, February 2017)
    E L James saucy 2011 thriller Fifty Shades of Grey was swiftly followed in 2012 with a money-spinning sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Why not have a pre-movie night catch up with Ana and Christian's sordid affair by going down to your local discount book store and picking up a copy for a few pence.
  6. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi, October 2017)
    There's no “Thor: Ragnarok” book BUT there are lots of ancient stories about Ragnarok (the end of Viking days), and Thor, hammer-wielding God of thunder, lightning, etc etc. Try find a copy of the 10th Century, Poetic Edda, and read how Thor defeats a huge serpent before taking 9 steps and collapsing, just like an eventful night at the union?
  7. Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (David Bowers, May 2017)
    The film follows the events a year after Dog Days with the main character, Greg, encouraging his family to take a road trip to his grandmas 90th while secretly planning to attend a convention. The book, however, looks at a budget holiday gone wrong in a dodgy motel. Did Bowers actually read the book before writing the script?

We know you can't wait to see the films (we can't either), but we guarantee you won't regret waiting till you've read the books first!


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