Summer’s Best Book to Movie Adaptations

The hottest days of summer are here- which means there’s nothing better than an air conditioned movie theater. Luckily, there are plenty of great book to movie adaptations coming out in the next month. Here are just some of my favorites!

tdmAugust 3: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Protagonist of The Darkest Minds, Ruby, is played by Amandla Stenberg, a Young Adult book to movie adaptation veteran (check her out in The Hunger Games and Everything, Everything). Ruby lives in a world where teenagers have begun developing special powers- and she’s one of them. After escaping the government camp she was held in, with the help of some friends Ruby discovers a safe haven run by teens like her. In this action-packed dystopian thriller, nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to be afraid of.

August 15: Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Kwan’s wealth-saturated debut boasts a nearly all Asian cast and $30 million dollar budget. Set in Singapore, the story follows Rachel as she’s introduced to her boyfriend Nick’s family. However, Nick’s family happens to be one of the richest families in Asia- and they’re not exactly welcoming of an outsider. A win for diverse representation and romance novel lovers alike, Crazy Rich Asians is sure to be a hit.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

craThe first time I felt rich I was ten and I had just won $70 at the Del Mar Horse Races. I pocketed the cash proudly and my family and I drove directly to the bookstore, where I bought seven paperbacks, each $9.99. The rush I felt when I held that stack of books, books I bought with my money, was exhilarating.

This made picking up Kwan’s debut seem like a natural occurance. I thought I knew all about American rich- time to move onto Asian rich.

Although Crazy Rich Asians appears to be a novel about clueless Rachel Chu traveling to meet her boyfriend Nick Young’s mysterious family, Crazy Rich Asians is really a novel about dynasties. Nick’s family embodies the idea that it’s lonely at the top. The only people they let into their circle are people who have the right parents, go to the right preschools, study in the right bible groups, attend the right boarding schools, and contribute the right charities. Rachel has done none of these things. But, she loves Nick. Nick loves her. It comes down to this: what is more valuable, family or love?

Crazy Rich Asians opens at a posh hotel in London. When Nick’s family is refused service by a racist hotel clerk, his family buys the hotel. This sentiment- that money is everything and everything is accomplished through money- that sets the tone for the rest of the novel.

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