"The book was better." These words make up the classic phrase that literary adaptations live and die by, and believe it or not, it's not always the truth. Sometimes the movie takes the story that the book tried to tell, and turns it into a more fully formed tale that the author can't help but respect. It happened when John Steinbeck admitted that The Grapes Of Wrath was a much darker story on the screen than on the page, and it more recently happened when Stephen King's The Mist was given an ending that even the king of horror had to admit worked perfectly.
Of course, there are also the ones that don't get what the book was trying to say. For every adaptation of The Mist, there's a disastrous adaptation of Timeline waiting to take its place. For now, though, we'll remain optimistic about these upcoming projects. After all, your favorite book is equally able to be your next favorite movie, or the next reason you'll always prefer the printer word to a film print. Keep that in mind as we present to you the 15 books you should be reading in the coming months to prepare yourselves for the cinematic road ahead. Think of it as the Cinema Blend Book Club.
"The Last Apprentice: Revenge Of The Witch," by Joseph DelaneyStatus: After a delay ranging back to the film's original February 15, 2013 release date, Seventh Son is set to finally be released on February 6, 2015 by Universal and Legendary Pictures.
Who's Involved: Mongol director Sergei Bodrov helmed the picture, with stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, and Djimon Hounsou lending their star power to a film that also stars Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander, and Ben Barnes.
Why You Should Read The Book First: Medieval fantasy is always a tricky thing to adapt to the big screen, and Seventh Son is dripping with elements that'll probably sound even better being described in print, free of special effects limitations. Thankfully, Jeff Bridges seems to be using an accent that's a lot easier to understand in his performance, so your favorite dialogue will be clear as a bell. Though it couldn't hurt to keep a copy handy, just in case.
Will The Movie Be A Hit? Unlikely, otherwise the film's release date wouldn't have been bounced so long that the project switched hands between Warner Bros and Universal Pictures after Legendary switched partners.