In honor of CRAZY RICH ASIANS, Six Blockbuster Books on the Big Screen

The New York Times has reported that wealthy Asian-Americans have waged a campaign to make Crazy Rich Asians, opening today, a “bona-fide cultural phenomenon.” As Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks writes:

[From] New York City to Los Angeles, Houston to Honolulu, these industry leaders and others have spent many thousands of dollars renting out dozens of theaters for special screenings of the movie before and during its opening week. The campaign aims to fuel widespread interest in a film that could blaze a pathway for greater Asian-American representation in Hollywood, which organizers as well as the film’s creators and stars say is long overdue.

Best of luck to them! In a season often dominated by explosion-heavy action flicks and Transformers sequels, we look forward to watching the acclaimed novel make its silver-screen debut. Here are more excellent books, both fiction and non-, that recently made it to the flicks.

 

On Chesil Beach book cover.

On Chesil Beach (May 18)

Ian McEwan wrote the screenplay of his bestselling novella, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Set in the early 1960s, On Chesil Beach depicts newlyweds on their honeymoon in an unflinching exploration of love, physical intimacy, and human psychology.

Leading actress Saoirse Ronan also starred in the 2007 adaptation of McEwan’s Atonement (2003), which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
 

 

 

 

Red Sky in Mourning CoverAdrift (June 1)

Adrift, based on Tami Oldham Ashcraft’s memoir Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea (2002), recounts the author’s attempt to sail across the Pacific with her fiancé. The voyage becomes a harrowing fight for survival when a hurricane batters her boat and leaves her stranded at sea.

Stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin are veterans of book-to-movie adaptations—Woodley dazzled as Hazel Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and Tris Prior in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, while Claflin charmed audiences as Will Traynor in Me Before You (2013) and Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games franchise.

 

 

The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh cover

Christopher Robin (August 3)

Winnie-the-Pooh has captured the hearts of readers since he first toddled through A.A. Milne’s work almost a century ago. In the upcoming live-action film, Christopher Robin is all grown up, disillusioned by adult responsibilities and the trauma of World War II. He must return to his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood to reignite his childhood sense of wonder and imagination.

Immerse yourself in the magic of Milne’s work by listening to The Collected Stories of Winnie-the-Pooh, read by Stephen Fry, Dame Judi Dench and Michael Williams.

 

 

Darkest Minds coverThe Darkest Minds (August 3)

The first entry in Alexandra Bracken’s New York Times bestselling series, The Darkest Minds (2012) takes place in a dystopian future where psychic teenagers are confined to “survivor facilities.” Sixteen-year-old Ruby escapes and forms a coalition to locate the elusive Slip Kid and resist the oppressive regime. This action-packed young adult novel fuses adventure, science fiction, and fantasy in a twisty ride.

 

Crazy Rich Asians cover

Crazy Rich Asians (August 15)

Kevin Kwan’s novel Crazy Rich Asians follows American Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s  Chinese expat family; she isn’t prepared for their extravagant wealth or the drama that ensues—nor the clever social satire and glitzy fashion and cuisine.

The book is the first in a trilogy that includes China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems (2017).

 

 

 

 

 

To All The Boy's I've Loved Before coverTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (August 17)

In Jenny Han’s young adult novel of the same title, Lara Jean’s therapeutic love letters are mistakenly mailed to her former crushes. The teenager must navigate the fallout and take the reins of life in this quirky and relatable romance set to premiere on Netflix in mid-August.

Han is also the author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series, Shug, and the Burn for Burn series with Siobhan Vivian.

 

 

 

Editor’s note: A version of this post appeared on June 19

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