This year, Hollywood is inspired by edgy contemporary literature

May 18, 2014, 12:36 IST | Shreya Agarwal

Literary influences in cinema go back a long way. And fortunately enough, they are still together. As a result, big-screen adaptations of books is quite the rage this year

Literary influences in cinema go back a long way. And fortunately enough, they are still together. As a result, big-screen adaptations of books is quite the rage this year.

The Fault In Our Stars trailer
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley as seen in the The Fault In Our Stars trailer

However, this trend is not restricted only to literary upshots — popular literature is in the reckoning, too. With the trailer of the upcoming film The Fault in Our Stars (TFiOS) becoming the most ‘liked’ one in online history, the coupling of Hollywood and pop-lit has gained much ground.

hitlist takes a dekko at forthcoming films that are big screen adaptations.

Based on award-winning author John Green’s novel of the same name, The Fault in Our Stars is a romantic comedy-drama which follows the life of Hazel Grace (played by Shailene Woodley), a teenager who falls in love for the first time with the enigmatic Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) after meeting him at a cancer support group.

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Film: The Hundred-Foot Journey
Based on: The 2010 novel by Richard C Morais
What it's about: The journey of a middle-aged Indian chef from to an elegant restaurant in South France.
Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Juhi Chawla, Manish Dayal
Initial Release: August 8

The Giver

Film: The Giver
Based on: The 1993 children's novel by Lois Lowry
What it’s about: It follows a 13- year-old boy from a seemingly ideal community, who is chosen to learn about the ‘real’ world.
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Meryl Streep
Initial Release: August 15

If I Stay

Film: If I Stay
Based on: The 2009 young adult novel by Gayle Forman
What it’s about: A 17-year-old wakes up after a tragic car accident, only to find out she's no longer in her own body.
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Lauren Lee Smith
Initial Release: August 22


Film: Serena
Based on: The 2008 novel by Ron Rash
What it’s about: Set in 1930s North Carolina, a newly-wed couple encounters interesting characters during their travels.
Cast: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence
Initial Release: September 4

Dark Places

Film: Dark Places
Based on: The 2009 mystery novel by Gillian Flynn
What it’s about: As a kid, the actor’s mother and sisters were murdered. As an adult, she wants to know what really happened.
Cast: Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz
Initial Release: September 5

This Is Where I Leave You

Film: This Is Where I Leave You
Based on: The 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper
What it’s about: A dysfunctional Jewish family only gets more dysfunctional after the demise of the paternal head.
Cast: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne
Initial Release: September 12

Maze Runner

Film: Maze Runner
Based on: The 2009 young-adult science fiction by James Dashner
What it’s about: Think of the Bourne trilogy packaged into one film — minus the action and the OTT stunts.
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Initial Release: September 19

Gone Girl

Film: Gone Girl
Based on: The 2012 thriller novel by Gillian Flynn
What it’s about: A couple’s fifth wedding anniversary takes a turn for the worse when the wife dramatically goes missing.
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Initial Release: October 3

Love, Rosie

Film: Love, Rosie
Based on: The 2004 romance novel, Where Rainbows End by
Cecelia Ahern
What it’s about: Spanning decades, this story essays the lives two childhood best friends who are caught in the maze of true love.
Cast: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin
Initial Release: October 17


Film: Wild
Based on: The 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed
What it’s about: A woman undertakes a 11,000-mile solo hike to recover from an unfortunate chain of events.
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Michiel Huisman
Initial Release: December 5

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