Books to Read Before the Movie Adaptations this Year

Last week, LD Entertainment announced that the company has optioned the movie rights to Celeste Ng’s debut novel, Everything I Never Told You. The 2004 novel centers on the Lees, a Chinese American family living in small-town Ohio during the 1970s that is grappling with isolation, secrecy, and identity while investigating the recent death of middle child Lydia. 

We’re still a few years off from seeing the adaptation on the big screen, but luckily there are scores of book-to-movie adaptations being released in 2018 to keep us busy while we wait. Here are a few we’re looking forward to.

Love, Simon

Nick Robinson stars in this coming-of-age story based on Becky Albertalli’s 2016 YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. The eponymous Simon Spier is gay, but nobody knows it—not even his close knit family or supportive group of friends. But when an acquaintance finds out about Simon’s secret online relationship with an anonymous classmate, Simon is forced to decide how to let the rest of the world see who he really is. 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Bernadette is an agoraphobic architect who retreated from society after the devastating destruction of the award-winning house she designed and focused her energy on loving her husband and daughter and hating just about everybody else. When the housebound Bernadette suddenly disappears before a family vacation, her daughter, Bee, has to piece together the details of her mother’s absence. Based on the novel of the same name by Maria Semple, Where’d You Go Bernadette features Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig.

Dumplin'

Based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 novel, Dumplin’ features Willowdean, a teen who has never been insecure about being overweight, despite being teased about it. But all that changes when Bo, a boy she thinks is out of her league, shows romantic interest in her. Suddenly Willowdean is wracked with doubt and insecurity, feelings which she decides to combat by competing in the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant. Starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston and featuring music by Dolly Parton, Dumplin’ is a story of self-acceptance, growth, and relationship building.


Madeline Greenhalgh is the co-founder and editorial director at Yellow Taxi Press. She also works as a technical editor and has interned at Deseret Book and served as an editor for multiple collegiate publications and freelance projects. She can be contacted at editors@yellowtaxi.press.