You know what they always say: the book is always better than the movie. 

So why does Hollywood keep making film adaptations of popular books? Because the books are usually too good not to. And 2018 in the film industry won't be any different. 

If you're like us, you might fall into a familiar cycle whenever a new film appears on the horizon: 

  1. You see the A Wrinkle in Time trailer and think it looks amazing! 
  2. You find out it's based on a series of books. 
  3. You spend months leading up to the movie's release reading all of Madeline L'Engle's novels. 

It's a wonderful rabbit hole to fall into, so we'll go ahead and nudge you into it. We rounded up some of the books and authors behind the year's biggest film adaptations for your enjoyment.

If you don't find names you're looking for, like Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation, Jason Matthews' Red Sparrow or Naomi Alderman's Disobedience, it's because UNT Libraries simply doesn't have those books yet. (Yet being the key term!)

But there's plenty of adapted novels that we do have, ready and waiting for you to dive into ahead of the films' releases. 


Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Out Now)

The Maze Runner series never caught on like The Hunger Games, but the novel trilogy by James Dashner is still worth your time. The Death Cure is the final film in the dystopian sci-fi series about teens escaping a labyrinth into a post-apocalyptic society.



A Wrinkle in Time (March 9)

The beloved science-fiction & fantasy adventure from Madeline L’Engle is getting a fresh adaptation from director Ava DuVernay. A Wrinkle in Time is a space-and-time-bending story about a sister and brother searching for their father and battling evil. The novel and its sequels are all available at UNT Libraries.


Love, Simon (March 16)

Based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is a teen comedy-drama about a 17-year-old boy balancing high school life, his homosexuality and battling a bully threatening to reveal that secret before he is ready to come out.



Where'd You Go, Bernadette (Oct. 19)

Richard Linklater (BoyhoodBernieA Scanner Darkly) directs this adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel of the same name. Cate Blanchett will play the titular character, an agoraphobic and reclusive mother who disappears one day. 



On Chesil Beach (June 15)

McEwan is a prolific writer not unfamiliar with film adaptations of his work. He wrote Atonement, which later won Oscars as a film. Saoirse Ronan -- fresh off Academy Award nominations for her role in Lady Bird -- and Emma Watson will star in the adaptation of On Chesil Beach in June. 



Fahrenheit 451 (Spring)

Ray Bradbury’s massively influential and highly resonant book about government censorship receives an adaptation from HBO later this year. Bradbury was a prolific writer, and UNT Libraries contains most of his published works. We recommend The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451 and two of his short story collections, The Golden Apples of the Sun and I Sing the Body Electric!


The Meg  (Aug. 10)

Alten has made a name for himself writing novels about gigantic sea monsters like the Loch Ness Monster. His Meg series about a megalodon shark attack will get an adaptation this year starring Jason Statham. Alten’s Meg and Loch are both ready to swim into at UNT Libraries.



Crazy Rich Asians (Aug. 17)

An all-Asian cast (a sad rarity for Hollywood) will headline an adaptation of the first book of Kevin Kwan’s so-called “Crazy Rich” trilogy. Crazy Rich Asians is a fictitious dive into the life and times of Asia’s rich and famous, and Kwan’s follow-ups -- China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems -- are all on call at UNT Libraries.


The Little Stranger (Aug. 31)

Waters is well-known for Victorian novels with lesbian protagonists like Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) directs the adaptation of her supernatural horror-thriller novel The Little Stranger.



Boy Erased (Sep. 28)

When Garrard Conley's deeply religious parents discovered he was gay, they threatened to disown him unless he underwent gay conversion therapy to “cure” him. He chose the latter. Conley recounts his experiences in Boy Erased: A Memoir. Lucas Hedges, of Manchester By The Sea fame, will star as Conley in the film. 


Mortal Engines (Dec. 14)

Philip Reeve’s book features a concept too immense to film: a steampunk version of Earth where major cities roam the dying planet on wheels devouring smaller cities for resources. The trailer looked spectacular, and we highly recommend checking out the book before the film enraptures you in December.