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6 Books to read before they turn into movies

Inspiration is the fuel the Movie Industry runs on. 10 Movies that have been made on books. Studios are increasingly looking to turn popular novels and books into movies. You the reader wants to know, which ones? We at Zorba Books did a little digging around to get you the highly acclaimed adaptations of 2017, both pre-release and those post-release for 2017.

Take a peek at the major movies made on books which have been and will be screened at a movie theater near you.



Image Source: Harper Collins and Anil Kapoor Film Company

Authored by: Anuja Chauhan
What it’s about: Battle for Bittora is a hilarious account of the elections in India – starting right from choosing candidates, up to the time of swearing-in of MPs in the Lok Sabha. What makes the story more interesting is that candidates who are pitted against each other are childhood sweethearts! An interesting read for those who love rom-com.
Go for it! If you liked: The Zoya Factor and Those Pricey Thakur Girls by Anuja Chauhan
Reel Show: Pakistani heart-throb Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor will be seen as the lead pair. The movie will be hitting the screens in the end of this year!



Image Source: Westland Press and Dharma Prouductions

Authored by: Amish Tripathi
What it’s about: The Immortals of Meluha was Amish Tripathi’s best-selling debut novel. It is the first book of the proposed trilogy which focused on the making of the Hindu God Lord ‘Shiva’. It is very gripping read and engaging treat for the reader. The book is true gem for those who love history, legends, myths and philosophy. Karan Johar had taken the film rights of the book but this has now expired. Who will take over from here, is the mystery.
Go for it! If you liked: The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee, Scion of Ikshvaku by Amish Tripathi
Reel Show: The novel is all set to be adapted into not only a Bollywood but a Hollywood film as well.



Image Source: Rupa & Co and BBC Films

Authored by: Sharbani Basu
What it’s about: Written by Sharbani Basu the novel explores the relationship of Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a young clerk, at the Victorian Court at a time when the independence wave started to sweep the Indian Subcontinent. This movie has already created quite a buzz.
The story narrates the friendship between the king and the servant blooms and how this young Indian man goes on to become a powerful figure in court
Go for it! If you liked: Spy Princess by Sharbani Bassu
Reel Show: Victoria And Abdul, the movie is all set to go on the floors on September 22, 2017 with an impressive cast of Oscar and Golden Globe Award winning actress Judi Dench and Indian origin actor Ali Fazal.



Image Source: Minotaur Books

Authored by: Vikas Swarup
What it’s about: Swarup debuted with Q & A, which became the hit film Slumdog Millionaire. Leaving slums behind, he now takes on the lot of middle class, well educated of Delhi. The novel serves as a thought-provoking story for the readers.
Go for it! If you liked: Q And A, Six Suspects by Vikas Swarup
Reel Show: Bollywood filmmaker Sriram Raghavan is working on the film adaptation of the novel. Deepika Padukone is in talk of bagging the lead role. The movie will be releases in late 2017/early 2018.



Image Source: Knopf Books and Lionsgate

Authored by: RJ Palacio
What it’s about: The story is about a 10-year old different-looking face – the result of chromosomal abnormality and illness. The novel narrates his journey, from being homeschooled, to the wilds of middle school. The story offers a beautiful message. A must read!
Go for it! If you liked: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Daper
Reel Show: Based on the New York Bestseller novel ‘Wonder’ by RJ Palacio, a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson by the same will be releasing in November, 2017.



Image Source: Farrar, Straus and Giroux and DreamWorks Pictures

Authored by: David Finkel
What it’s about: The book is follow up for The Good Soldiers by Pulitzer winning journalist-author David Finkel. The book is a profound look at the life after war for soldiers. The story revolves around how soldiers after coming back from a war struggle to adjust into their family and civilian life. An extraordinary read!
Go for it! If you liked: The Good Soldiers by David Finkel, Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Reel Show: The celluloid deception of the story, sharing the same name has been slated for a December release.



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Authored by: Chetan Bhagat

What it’s about: Half Girlfriend, is a story about Madhav, a middle class guy from Bihar (played by Arjun Kapoor) and Riya a rich girl from Delhi. Belonging to the same college and bonding over basketball, Madhav develops love for Riya. However, the feelings are not mutual. What follows is test of love and friendship
Go for it! If you liked: 2 States, The Three Mistakes of My Life
Reel Show: The novel was adapted into a rom-com Bollywood film sharing the same name, starring Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor, under the direction of Mohit Suri.



Image Source: Random house and Abundantia Entertainment

Authored by: Saba Imtiaz, a Pakistani journalist-writer
What it’s about: The novel acts like a diary of Ayesha a journalist struggling in the city of Karachi with the chaos in her life and around. The novel is a take on the daily grind of being a female journalist. It effectively narrates the completely honest descriptions of the protagonist’s struggles with journalism, love and living in Karachi!
Go for it! If you liked: Scoop by Evelyn Waugh, New Grub Street
Reel Show: The novel was adapted into a major Bollywood film Noor (2017) starring Sonakshi Sinha.



Image Source: Forge Books and Walden Media

Authored by: W. Bruce Cameron
What it’s about: Every dog happens for a reason! This unusual story revolves around a dog’s delightful journey in search of his purpose and meaning in life over the course of various lives he lives as a dog of different breeds!
Go for it! If you liked: Cujo by Stephen King, One Good Dog, The Dogist.
Reel Show: The novel was adapted into a major Hollywood film by Lasse Hallström which also won critical laurels and love from fans across!



Image Source: William Morrow and Company , and Fox 2000 Pictures

Authored by: Margot Lee Shetterly
What it’s about: The novel narrates the untold story of three brilliant African American women working for the NASA and contributing to the astronomical research and how this further, paved the way for America’s one of the greatest achievements in space! The novel also helped the movie, sharing the same name three Oscar nominations!
Go for it! If you liked: We Could not Fail by Richard Paul, Alone atop the hill by Alice Dunnigan
Reel Show: The novel was adapted into a major motion picture, with the same name starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spensor and won 3 Oscar nominations!

Agreed, choice has now become even tougher for you, should you rush to the theater or stay at home reading and rereading the books? We leave it to you to decide. Either ways entertainment is guaranteed


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