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The 7 book adaptations to get excited about this autumn

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Helen Bownass
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All the novels getting the big screen treatment this year

There are two types of people in life: those who read the book before they see the film that’s inspired by it. And those who like to watch the movie and then dive into the adaptation. 

Whichever side you fall on (and whatever people say you’re allowed to favour either route) here’s our round-up of the biggest film adaptations still to come this year.   

The Miseducation of Cameron Post 

Forest Goodluck, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane 

A teenager, Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is sent to Christian conversion therapy when she is caught with another girl in an effort to “cure” her homosexuality. Desiree Akhavan (Appropriate Behaviour) directs Emily M Danforth’s 2002 YA novel based on a real-life blog by a teenager forced into a conversion camp.

In cinemas 7 September

Crazy Rich Asians 

Henry Golding and Constance Wu embrace in the poster for Crazy Rich Asians

Henry Golding and Constance Wu in Crazy Rich Asians

It’s the film that’s smashed the box office – it’s now the highest grossing romcom of the decade – while Akwafina, one of the film’s all-Asian cast, is a Stylist cover star. Now the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 book about a professor from New York who visits her boyfriend’s family in Singapore and discovers they’re wealthy is almost on UK shores.

In cinemas 14 September 

The Little Stranger

Domnhall Gleeson and Ruth Wilson in The Little Stranger 

Sarah Waters 2009 gripping gothic novel is bought to the big screen by Room director Lenny Abrahamson. Domhall Gleeson is a doctor called to a crumbling country hall where acerbic loner, Caroline (Ruth Wilson) is one of its remaining inhabitants, and it’s soon clear the house has something evil running through it.

In cinemas 21 September

The Hate U Give 

Amandla Stenberg in The Hate U Give 

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is a young black woman drawn into activism after witnessing police shoot her unarmed best friend. Angie Thomas was a debut author when this vital YA novel that tackles racism and police brutality came out in 2017, but it went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

In cinemas 26 October

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The cast of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

The follow up to J.K.Rowling’s magical Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be music to Potter fans’ ears. It sees Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) team up with a young Dumbledore (Jude Law) to bring down Grindelwald (Johnny Depp).

In cinemas 6 November

The Girl in the Spider’s Web 

Claire Foy in The Girl in the Spider’s Web 

HRH Claire Foy becomes hacker Lisbeth Salander – the character developed by the late Stieg Larsson – who gets caught up in a tangle of spies and corruption, in this adaptation of the book written by David Lagercrantz.

In cinemas 21 November

Mortal Engines

Hera Hilmar in Mortal Engines 

Lord Of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson takes on on Philip Reeve’s 2001 novels set in an alternate dystopian future. It’s a world where cities on wheels can attack each other and a museum apprentice (Robert Sheehan) must fight for survival against a female assassin (Hera Hilmar) before they form an allegiance.

In cinemas 14 December