2015: A Moviegoers Guide to Book-Based Movies in January and February

There are two kinds of people in the world: those that prefer to read the book before they watch the movie or those that prefer to watch the movie and then maybe, when they find time, read the book. Whichever kind of person you are, this list of book-based movies can give you the opportunity to either read ahead for the upcoming year or to put these books away and enjoy them in 2016.

Out January 16th, Still Alice

Lisa Genova writes a compelling story Alice Howland, a mother and scholar, and her early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The movie stars Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart.

Out January 23rd, The Mortdecai Trilogy

Kyril Bonfiglioli originally wrote this black comedy in the 1970s about Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer with ties to the London underground. In total there are four complete books and one incomplete novel. The movie stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor.


Out February 6th, Love, Rosie

Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S. I Love You, writes about two best friends, Rosie and Alex that are perfect for each other, even if they’re not aware of their chemistry. Although the two are far apart in distance, they text, email, and write letters to stay in touch. The movie stars Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

Also Out February 6th, The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

Any fantasy or mythology fan can say that being the seventh son of a seventh son is a powerful thing. Joseph Delaney’s book series, The Last Apprentice, focuses on Thomas Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, and his quest to become a Spook, or a man that fights off ghosts and witches. The movie title differs from the book and is called Seventh Son and stars Jeff Bridges, Kit Harington, Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes.

Out February 14th, Fifty Shades of Grey

This movie, whether you’re a fan or not, is groundbreaking in that it is the first official piece of fanfiction to be turned into a major motion picture. E.L. James retells Twilight in an S&M world with literature student Anastasia Steele having a steamy and confused relationship with Christian Grey. The movie stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, and Jennifer Ehle.

Out February 20th, The D.U.F.F.

Kody Keplinger tells the story of Bianca Piper, a girl called a “D.U.F.F.” by Wesley Rush. What does D.U.F.F. stand for? Designated Ugly Fat Friend. It seems that Bianca and Wesley are destined to be enemies – right? The movie stars Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne, Allison Janey, and Robbie Amell.

Out February 27th, Dead Stars

Bruce Wagner takes on Hollywood culture and the idea of fame. Described by many as “pornographic,” “shocking,” “repellent,” and “gorgeous” within the same breath, this novel holds no punches. The movie is called Maps To The Stars and stars Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska.

I can safely say one thing about book-based movies coming out in January and February: Julianne Moore is in most of them.

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About ThePandaBard

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @ThePandaBard, on Pinterest @ThePandaBard, or on Medium @ThePandaBard. You can also find her research on Academia.Edu at Cpp.Academia.Edu/MandaRiggle.
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