What was better, the book or the movie?

It’s a great debate of our time. What was better, the book or the movie?

With almost every movie adaptation of a great book, this question comes into play. I’m a firm believer in the value of reading the book before seeing the movie, but once in a while, I accidently do the opposite and enjoy the movie before the book. There are a number of beloved books becoming movies soon, so as you add to your summer reading book list and prep for any last minute beach trips, you might want to check out some of these titles coming to theatres!

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known. Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his mother's room and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out alone on desperate quests to find what they are missing.

Staring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, the movie adaptation of this book is due out in theatres on October 20, 2017. You can view the movie teaser online here.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

This memoir details the life of the author and her siblings who grew up in a dysfunctional family that continually moved around the western United States. Walls describes the many amazing events she endured while growing up and her eventual decision to move to New York City.  

The film, staring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Max Greenfield, is due out August 11, 2017. You can view the trailer online here.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

The movie, due out March 9, 2018, will star Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. 

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