The Glass Castle has been made into a feature-length film, hitting UK cinemas on October 6th. Most people might know The Glass Castle as the best-selling 2005 memoir by Jeanette Walls, which encounters the unconventional and poverty-stricken upbringing that she and her other siblings faced. The book has sold millions of copies, and if you haven’t managed to get yourself one of those, it’s time you do before the film hits the big screen! In the meantime, we have collated a shortlist of other popular book-to-film adaptations for you to be inspired by…
Wonder is a children’s novel by Raquel Jaramillo, who wrote the book under the pen name of R. J. Palacio. The book was written and published in 2012 after an incident where the author and her three-year-old son were waiting to buy an ice cream, and her son noticed a young girl with facial birth defects. Raquel feared that her son would act badly towards the girl and attempted to remove him from the situation, in order to avoid upsetting the girl and her family, but in fact, it only made the situation worse. The book is aimed at teaching society a valuable lesson, as is the film, which was directed by Stephen Chbosky and stars Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts. Jacob Tremblay plays the part of a young boy named August Pullman who was born with facial defects that have, until the point where the film starts, prevented him from going to mainstream school. The heart-warming tale sees the rise of a young hero who unites his peers as they find acceptance and compassion. Both the book and the film tell a beautiful tale that proves it doesn’t matter if you blend in, when you were born to stand out.
Hidden Figures (2016)
In 2016 Margot Lee Shetterly wrote a non-fiction book called Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race. The biography follows the lives of three female mathematicians, known as The Human Computers. These admirable ladies overcame discrimination for being both female and African-American, and played a vital role at NASA during the early years of the space programme. The book reached the number one spot on The New York Times Non-Fiction Best Sellers list and was made into a film, directed by Theodore Melfi. The three-times Oscar nominated film stars Taraki P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst. This is a film NOT to be missed!
The Circle (2017)
The Circle is a dystopian novel written by an American author, Dave Eggers. The book chronicles Mae Holland, a tech worker and recent graduate as she joins an internet powerhouse called ‘The Circle’. As the film moves through her experience at the company, things begin to fall apart despite it beginning as an extremely rewarding experience. Just as the book does, the film, directed by James Ponsoldt, follows the same storyline about an agenda that will affect the lives of all humanity. Mae, played by Emma Watson, engages in a ground-breaking experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy, ethics and most importantly, her personal freedom. Alongside other cast members Bill Paxton, Tom Hanks, John Boyega and Karen Gillan, Watson leads the audience on a heart-racing and dramatic journey.
Testament of Youth (2015)
Testament of Youth is a compelling memoir written by Vera Brittain, describing her experiences of love, loss and coming of age during the first World War. In the film, Alicia Vikander stars as Vera alongside Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, who plays her fiancée Roland Leighton. The harsh reality of war puts a hold on their dreams of growing old together and becoming writers, and Vera travels to France as a nurse to see the horrors first hand. Overall, the film and book display an authentic interpretation of war and the struggles faced by both the women and men of that generation.
The Railway Man (2013)
The Railway Man, which is an adaption of Eric Lomax’s memoir, displays a thrilling story which, like Testament of Youth, depicts the effects of war. The story follows Eric Lomax, who was tortured as a prisoner at a Japanese labour camp in World War 2 – in the film Eric is played by Colin Firth. Decades later, Eric falls in love with Patti Wallace, played by Nicole Kidman, who believes they will live a happy life once married. However, Patti is proved wrong when Eric begins to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, due to his previous experiences in the war. The captivating story then leads to a big decision for Patti, as she receives information which, if shared with Eric, would provide him with the revenge he had always wished for. The film is a heart-felt portrayal of the long lasting effect of war: both on those who experienced it and their loved ones. A must-watch.
There you have it, a quick-fire round up of some book-to-film adaptations that we love! Once you have done your homework on these, you will be all set for The Glass Castle, which is out in UK cinemas on the 6th of October – why not pick up the book today?