Movies Based on Famous Books in 2019 & 2020


From horror to drama to comedy, 2019 was a big year for book-to-movie adaptions! Here are some of the most popular film adaptations released in the past year:



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Five Feet Apart

The Movie

Release Date: 3/15/19. Starring: Haley Lu Richardson, Cole Sprouse.
“A pair of teenagers with cystic fibrosis meet in a hospital and fall in love, though their disease means they must avoid close physical contact.” -IMDB

The Book

Authors: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis. Published: 11/20/18. Click here to view on our catalog!



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Pet Sematary

The Movie

Release Date: 4/5/19. Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow.
“Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Stephen King. Published: 11/14/83. Click here to view on our catalog!



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The Sun is Also a Star

The Movie

Release Date: 5/17/19. Starring: Yara Shadidi, Anais Lee, Charles Melton.
“A hopeless romantic ambivalent about his future in medical school falls for a hard-luck young woman who doesn’t believe in love.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Nicola Yoon. Published: 11/1/16. Click here to view on our catalog!



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Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

The Movie

Release Date: 8/16/19. Starring: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristin Wiig.
“A loving mom becomes compelled to reconnect with her creative passions after years of sacrificing herself for her family. Her leap of faith takes her on an epic adventure that jump-starts her life and leads to her triumphant rediscovery.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Maria Semple. Published: 8/14/12. Click here to view on our catalog!



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IT: Chapter 2

The Movie

Release Date: 9/6/19. Starring: Jessica Chastain, James, McAvoy, Bill Hader.
“Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Stephen King. Published: 10/1/87. Although this movie adaptation of IT is split into two parts, the book is a single volume of over 1,000 pages! Click here to view on our catalog (if you are brave enough)!



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Little Women

The Movie

Release Date: 12/25/19. Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothee Chalamet.
” Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Louisa May Alcott. Published: 1869. Click here to view on our catalog!



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The Goldfinch

The Movie

Release Date: 9/13/19. Starring Oakes Fegley, Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman.
“A boy in New York is taken in by a wealthy Upper East Side family after his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.” -IMDB

The Book

Author: Donna Tartt. Published: 9/23/13. Click here to view on our catalog!



Here are some of the most anticipated book-to-film adaptations set to be released in 2020:



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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Click here to find on our catalog!



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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Click here to find on our catalog!



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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Click here to view on our catalog!



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Dune by Frank Herbet

Click here to view on our catalog!



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The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

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The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

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What were some of your favorite film adaptations of books in 2019? What are you most looking forward to next year? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Thanks for reading!
-George, FTPL

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