2015: A Moviegoers Guide to Book-Based Movies in May and June

Rejoice movie and book lovers! May and June are filled with great books-turned movies for you to read then watch, or watch then read.

On May 1st, Far From the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene has three men fall in love with her within this novel by Tomas Hardy – a devoted shepherd, an obsessed farmer, and a dashing solider. Who does this strong minded heroine choose? You’ll have to read the book or watch the movie to find out.

On May 15th, Every Secret Thing

Birthday parties are supposed to be fun, but Alice Manning and Ronnie Fuller find an abandoned baby after being kicked out of the birthday party. What follows leaves three families devastated. Alice and Ronnie, seven years later, try to continue on with their lives but can’t leave the past behind them, especially when another child goes missing. Laura Lippman’s novel explores innocence, guilt, love, redemption, and murder in this tale of mystery and suspense.

On June 12th, Madame Bovary

Emma Bovary, in this classic tale by Gustave Flaubert, is exhausted with her married life to Charles Bovary. Raising her child is burdensome. She can escape her home at brief moments to engage in the church, but that is too fleeting for Emma. Instead, she escapes into sentimental novels and dreams of a life of passion. Soon she takes matters into her own hands and pursues affairs outside of her marriage. Things continue to digress from there for this classic feminist figure, who faces many consequences for her actions.

On June 12th, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

This book is about death, but it’s a funny book about death. The film has already won the Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Jesse Andrews created the tale of Greg and Early – two boys who make horrible films based on hit movies. When Rachel, a classmate of Greg’s, is diagnosed with cancer, Greg’s mother makes him hang out with her. Greg and Earl decide to make a not horrible movie for Rachel with the help of their high school.

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. 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.
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