Read the Book Before You See the Movie!
The biggest buzz in movie adaptations for the month is for the upcoming adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, but that isn’t the only story hitting the big screen that started life as a novel. Be sure to check out these books if you enjoyed or plan to see the the movie!
Thank you IMDB.com for providing the movie plot summaries.
Adapted From: The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Kit Harrington
Plot Summary: John Gregory, who is a seventh son of a seventh son and also the local spook, has protected his country from witches, boggarts, ghouls and all manner of things that go bump in the night. However John is not young anymore, and has been seeking an apprentice to carry on his trade. Most have failed to survive. The last hope is a young farmer’s son named Thomas Ward. Will he survive the training to become the spook that so many others couldn’t? Should he trust the girl with pointy shoes? How can Thomas stand a chance against Mother Malkin, the most dangerous witch in the county?
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Adapted From: The Secret Service comic book series
Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Michael Caine
Plot Summary: Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Fifty Shades of Grey
Adapted From: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
Plot Summary: When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.
Adapted From: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Arnell, Bella Thorne
Plot Summary: A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.
Maps to the Stars
Adapted From: Dead Stars by Bruce Wagner
Starring: Julianna Moore, John Cusack, Robert Pattison, Mia Wasikoska
Plot Summary: A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.