The Fault in Our Stars, Gone Girl, Fifty Shades of Grey: Books to read before you watch the film

You're going to want to turn these pages before you buy your cinema tickets...


The Fault in Our Stars


John Green’s novel, following the fledgling love story between two cancer patients, has taken the world by storm – and the adaptation starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort is sure to be a hit when it opens in UK cinemas next month. But before you buy your popcorn, you should meet wry and witty Hazel and Gus for yourself. A tale about teenagers with cancer might not seem like a page-turner, but believe us, you won’t be able to put it down. Note: you might want to purchase a pack of tissues with your paperback…

Fifty Shades of Grey

If you’re one of the few who doesn’t own a well-worn copy of EL James’ erotic bestseller, it’s time you gave in. When the film adaptation – starring Jamie Dornan as S&M obsessed millionaire Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, the innocent college graduate he seduces – is finally released next Valentines’ Day, Fifty Shades fever will be back with a vengeance. You won’t want to be the only person at the cinema who doesn’t know what an inner goddess is… 

Love, Rosie

Autumn’s star studded rom-com (Sam Claflin, Lily Collins, Tamsin Egerton and Suki Waterhouse are among the cast) is based on bestseller Where Rainbows End from the queen of the beach read Cecelia Ahern. Where Rainbows End was Ahern’s second novel, coming after the phenomenally successful PS I Love You, and tells the story of childhood chums Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart as life and love gets in the way of their friendship. The book tells the story through a series of letters, emails and instant messages. We are assuming the film doesn’t. 

Gone Girl

This novel can’t have passed you ,by entirely. You know, black cover, orange writing, literally every other person on the train was reading it last summer? Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, telling the story of Amy Dunne and her husband Nick who finds himself under suspicion when Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, has now been given the big screen treatment, with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the leading roles. But do yourself a favour and read the book before the film’s hype steps up a gear and someone ruins the EPIC twist for you. 

Child 44

Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Josef Altin star in this upcoming thriller, based on the crimes of Andrei Chikatilo, the Rostov Ripper. The film, set in Stalin’s Soviet Union follows disgraced MBG agent Leo Demidov (Hardy) who is sent to investigate a series of gruesome child murders. The gripping novel Child 44 is based on – the first from British writer Tom Rob Smith – won the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger for best thriller of the year and was named on the longlist for the 2008 Man Booker Prize. So it’s definitely worth a read. 

Before I Go to Sleep

SJ Watson wrote his hugely popular 2011 novel between shifts as an NHS audiologist. It went on to become both a Sunday Times and a New York Times bestseller, before the film rights were secured by Ridley Scott. Now Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Nicole Kidman are bringing the creepy tale to the big screen in September this year. Watson’s story follows 47-year-old Christine Lucas, a married mother who, following an accident, wakes every morning with no knowledge of who she is – until one day new and terrifying truths emerge about the life she is living. 

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

Swedish author Jonas Jonasson’s debut novel sold millions of copies worldwide before being turned into a film. The tale follows 100-year-old Allan Karlsson who, instead of going to his planned birthday party at his retirement home, steps out of his window and disappears. High jinks soon ensue, with Allan being chased by drug dealers and the police, as the story of his eventful life is told in parallel. 

The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet

American author Reif Larsen published The Selected Works of TS Spivet in 2009, reportedly after a fierce bidding war between publishing houses. The tale, titled The Selected Works of TS Spivet in book form, follows 12-year-old TS as he leaves his family ranch in Montana in secret to travel to Washington DC after winning a prestigious science award. Larsen’s tale has been transformed into a film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Kyle Catlett as TS, which hits UK cinemas on 13 June, but the book, which is illustrated with images, charts, lists and maps is definitely worth a look. 

If I Stay

Young adult novel If I Stay by American author Gayle Forman is something of a tearjerker. The tale, published in 2009, follows 17-year-old Mia who thinks the hardest decision she’ll ever have to make is between following her musical dreams at Juilliard or staying at home with her boyfriend Adam. That is, until her and her family are in a catastrophic car accident and Mia, in an out-of-body experience, is left to decide whether she wants to live, or let her life slip away. Chloe Moretz is playing the lead in the film version which is in UK cinemas 29 August. 

The Maze Runner


James Dashner’s The Maze Runner follows Thomas, a teenage boy who is brought into a place known as the Glade with no memories of his previous life or the outside world. Surrounded by a giant maze where mysterious creatures roam at night, the Gladers have been trying to find a way out of the maze for two years, but with no success. The sci-fi hit with shades of Hunger Games is the first tale in a trilogy, with the opening instalment, starring Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Dylan O’Brien, coming to a cinema near you on 10 October.