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7 Fall Books on the Big Screen You Need to Read and Watch

by | October 25

Fun fact: some of the best movies are based on books. Fiction or non-fiction, adaptations often end up being blockbuster hits. (I’m really hoping Netflix won’t call me out for the many times I’ve watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.)

We love when our favorite books are adapted to the big screen! The fall season has an incredible line up of book-to-movie adaptations. These stories are sure to make you laugh, cry, and inspire you. I would say about 99.9% of the time the book is better, but every once in a while seeing the story come to life on screen elevates the magic of the storytelling. Grab the popcorn and scan our guide to prepare for these must-watch films.

Tweak (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Tweak (Movie Tie-in Edition)

by Nic Sheff

Beautiful Boy is based on a pair of best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff. Tweak is Nic Sheff’s story and Beautiful Boy is David Sheff’s story—so you can read two books for this one movie!

Nic was drunk for the first time when he was only eleven years old and turned to hard drugs, including cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth, and heroin in the years after. He always thought he would be able to quit whenever he wanted and put his life back together, but after a violent relapse one summer he begins to realize the power of his addiction.

The movie starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney, and Amy Ryan is in theaters now. Check out the trailer here.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

by Owen Williams

I don’t remember when I first heard the popular Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody, but the lyrics and melody are so engrained in my mind that just the title itself triggers the strains of the song in my head. This new movie is a celebration of the band, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

I’m super excited to see this movie when it hits theaters on November 2nd. After you watch the movie, check out the companion book, which looks at the making of the Queen biopic.

A Simple Favor (Movie Tie-in Edition)

A Simple Favor (Movie Tie-in Edition)

by Darcey Bell

Stephanie, a stay-at-home mommy blogger living in suburban Connecticut, is lonely until she meets Emily, a sophisticated PR exec who works in Manhattan. The two quickly become best friends. Emily asks Stephanie a simple favor—to pick up her son from school, to which Stephanie happily agrees. But then Emily disappears and Stephanie’s life is turned upside down. What happened to Emily? You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens, then check out the movie!

Blake Lively (Emily) and Anna Kendrick (Stephanie) star in this chilling psychological thriller.

The Hate U Give (Movie Tie-in Edition)

The Hate U Give (Movie Tie-in Edition)

by Angie Thomas

This is one of my favorite books read this year. Starr witnesses her best friend, Khalil, get killed by a police officer in a fatal shooting. This heartbreaking story is one of the most powerful books about police brutality, racial tensions, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Starr is caught between two worlds—her poor (mostly black) neighborhood where she grew up and the rich (mostly white) prep school she attends. After the shooting she faces pressure from all sides—to speak out for her best friend or to keep her mouth shut to avoid the media spotlight, internet trolls, and people in her own neighborhood.

In theaters now. After you see the movie, check out these five books.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

by J.K. Rowling

Potterheads like me have been waiting for this movie since we saw the credits roll on the last one. The Crimes of Grindelwald continues the story of Newt Scamander and the battle against the fearsome wizard, Grindelwald. In this movie, we’ll be seeing some scenes set at Hogwarts, as well as meeting young Dumbledore and Voldemort’s famous snake, Nagini (as a woman—which I don’t like, but that is a whole other blog post to come later…).

Before you watch the movie, you can read the original screenplay, written by J.K. Rowling!

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Movie Tie-In)

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Movie Tie-In)

by David Lagercrantz

This is the fourth novel/movie in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). Infamous hacker Lisbeth Salander is back for another round of chaos. Journalist Mikael Blomkvist receives a call from a source who claims to have been given information by a hacker that can prove vital to the United States government. Blomkvist turns to Salander for help to further investigate this story. Salander has her own plans for how to dig for info as the pair explore the ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government officials.

Starring The Crown’s Claire Foy, this highly anticipated follow-up to Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest will hit theaters on November 9th.

The Complete Claudine

The Complete Claudine

by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

This is a spin on the book-to-movie adaptation: Colette was a famous author who penned a series of novels that are featured in this film.

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy,” Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette moves from her childhood home in rural France to the artistic hub of Paris. Soon after they are wed, Willy convinces Colette to become his ghostwriter. Her first novel, a semi-autobiographical story called Claudine L’Ecole (Claudine at School), becomes a best seller and a cultural sensation in Paris. The success leads to additional novels in the Claudine series. But when Colette starts to argue for creative ownership of the series, tensions rise in her marriage. After you watch the movie, read the Claudine Series (Claudine at School, Claudine in Paris, Claudine Married, Claudine and Annie).

Keira Knightley stars as Colette in this movie, which is in theaters now.

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Saimah works on the Corporate Digital Marketing team at Simon & Schuster. She is a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves dystopian fiction! She also enjoys reading celeb memoirs, modern romances and murder mysteries. When she's not reading, she is binge-watching her favorite shows, finding the best roof deck bars in the city and watching sporting events (while defending her Cleveland sports teams!).