Five Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books You Have To Read Before They Hit The Cinema!

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

As you all know; I bloody love books. My favourite genre has to be Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and I thought I'd share with you some Sci-Fi/Fantasy books that you have to read before they hit the cinema! Prepare yourself, there are some corkers!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

This awesome and intelligent sci-fi novel focuses on the journal entries of a Biologist sent with three other women, an Anthropologist, a Surveyor and a Psychologist, into the mysterious Area X. They are the twelfth expedition to enter Area X; all of the other expeditions have ended in utter chaos; mass murder, suicide, a hail of gunfire and a cancer endemic.

The film stars Natalie Portman as the Biologist, with Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Issacs and Jennifer Jason Leigh in supporting roles, and BOI am I excited for this one! For you film buffs out there (myself included), Annihilation will is written and directed by Alex Garland, writer and director of Ex Machina, so just by that, I think we can work out how insanely awesome this film is going to be.

Also, I'm all about seeing ladies in science on screen! And having read the book, the review you can read here if you wish, I'm super excited to see this be turned into a film. The only thing I'm worried about is that it won't live up to the weirdness of the book. There was some part of the book that even I found hard to visualise, so it'll be interesting to see how they do it.

The film comes out on the 28th of February 2018, who's excited to see it? 

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

This book was first published in 1962 and tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl who, along with Mrs Who, Mrs Whatsit and Mrs Whitch, and a few other friends, try to rescue Meg's father who has been taken by forces of evil and is entrapped in another dimension.

ALL.OF.THE.SCIENCE! The fact that this book was written in 1962 makes me super excited about the film. I would love to read the book first and see how Disney and the wonderful Ava DuVernay have translated this awesome book from the 60's into a present-day tale.

The film which will be released on March 9th in 2018 is being directed by the fab Ava DuVernay and stars Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kailing, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine and will be introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry!

I am super excited for this film, not only for the premise, but the insane cast and crew involved!

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready Player One centres around a teenage boy called Wade Watts and the quest to find a dead trillionaires hidden easter egg in the mass online world known as the OASIS. Whoever finds this easter egg will inherit the OASIS and all of the money that comes with it. But the dead inventor of the OASIS, James Halliday, hasn't made this an easy game...

The film, coming out March 30th 2018, is directed by the one and only Steven Speilberg and, if you haven't already seen the trailer, contains ALL the best pop culture references! It stars Tye Sheridan,  Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance and Simon Pegg.

I am currently reading Ready Player One and I am very much in love so far! I can't wait to watch the film in early 2018!

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Now, hopefully, you guys will know what film this is... It's Blade Runner! I know Blade Runner came out in the cinema a long time ago (1982) but the saga also continues with Blade Runner 2049, and even though the latest film has already had its run at the cinema and will be probably coming out on DVD soon, I just couldn't leave this book out!

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is set in a post-apocalyptic San Fransisco where life has been devastated globally by nuclear war and many animals are facing extinction; having one is seen as a sign of great wealth. The book follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter, or 'Blade Runner' who tracks down and 'retires' six Nexus 6 androids.

The first film is directed by Rodley Scott and stars Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer.

The second film, Blade Runner: 2049, is directed by the amazing Denis Villeneuve and stars Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto and once again, Harrison Ford, reprising his role as Rick Deckard. If you haven't seen Blade Runner: 2049, PLEASE DO! The visuals are astounding and I love every frame of this movie!

If you've seen the film/s you're sure to love the book!

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

I love Neil Gaiman, I've read quite a few of his works, most recently American Gods, the review you can read here. I have to say I haven't read any of Terry Pratchett's work, but have a few of his Discworld books and am very much looking forward to getting to them!

Good Omens tells the story of the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale preventing the coming of the antichrist and with it the final battle between heaven and hell; a comedy would you believe. Good Omens is being turned into a six-part miniseries by the BBC for Amazon Prime due to be released in 2019; so we've got quite a while to wait! It stars David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, with Jack Whitehall and Miranda Richardson in supporting roles.

I haven't read the book yet but am accustomed to Gaiman's writing, so I am very looking forward to reading this, especially if it's a comedy, which is a genre I don't think I have ever read before!

So, there we have it! Five sci-fi/fantasy books to read before they hit the cinema! I hope you have enjoyed these recommendations! I know I'll be going to watch all of them when they come out. 

I've also filmed an accompanying video to go alongside these recommendations over on my Youtube channel! You can visit my channel here :)

What book adaptation are you most looking forward to?

Love, K :)

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