Have You Already Read Any Of These Great Sci-Fi Fantasy Books?
These days, it seems like just about every popular or beloved book, new and old, are being snapped up for a moive or TV adaptation. And in particular, it seems like there’s been a resurgence of interest in great sci-fi fantasy books. We’re seeing new movies and shows in these genres practically every day, so we’re taking a moment to recommend 5 great sci-fi fantasy books that you should read before the adaptation hits the big or small screen.
1. The BFG by Roald Dahl
A young orphan girl Sophie is kidnapped one night from her orphanage by a scary giant and taken to his homeland of Giant Country. He turns out to be a BFG, Big Friendly Giant, who creates nice dreams for children. The story follows their adventures fighting other evil giants. The adaptation marks the convergence of two master storytellers in author Roald Dahl and director Steven Spielberg, backed by Disney. Also worthy of note is that the screenplay was the final work of Melissa Mathison (The Black Stallion, E.T.), who passed away last year. The BFG stars Mark Rylance and Ruby Barnhill in the primary roles, and is set for release on July 1, 2016, so get reading!
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This classic sci-fi novel shows a dystopian future where books are banned and “fireman” Guy Montag is tasked with burning any books he can find. It is widely considered one of Bradbury’s best works, and an important modern Sci-Fi novel. (The title refers the autognition temperature of paper, as asserted by author Ray Bradbury. Apparently people ran tests later, and found that based on the type and weight of paper, most paper actually ignites closer to 480 degrees.) The movie will be developed by HBO and will be directed by Ramin Bahrani, though other details, such as a release date, haven’t been announced yet. If you read this in high school, or never read it, now is the time to right (or read) this cosmic wrong.
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The novel follows teenager Jacob Portman, who comes across a magical world during his search for his grandfather’s past. The movie adapation will be directed by Tim Burton, so we don’t doubt he will be able to recreate the eerie magical atmosphere of the books. And no, for once, it has neither Helena Bonham-Carter or Johnny Depp in it. The film hits screen on September 30th, so add this one to your summer reading list.
4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling
We can never have enough of the Harry Potter world, and so, based on Rowling’s short textbook for Hogwarts students, we can’t await this movie adaptation starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. The first movie in a proposed trilogy drops on November 18th this year, so don’t put this one off too long.
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
What happens in a world where virtual reality is more real than the actual one? People feel alive only when jacked into OASIS, a virtual universe, and when its creator dies, the real game begins. This film adaptation is also coming to us courtesy of director Steven Spielberg, and should be pretty incredible, based on his history with Sci-Fi (ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Minority Report, Jurassic Park and War of the Worlds just to name a few.)
We hope you’re as excited for the adaptations of these great sci-fi fantasy books as we are, and here’s hoping that they can live up to the source material.