Our 5 Favorite Film Adaptations Of 2016 (Plus a Chance to Win)

Good filmmakers know how to find inspiration in everyday life, but great filmmakers know that books have already found the inspiration for them. That’s why so many great movies are based on great books, including dozens of feature films released this past year. 

Whether or not you think the book is always better than the movie, we’re here to help you make the decision for yourself. Check out a few of our favorite books-to-films from 2016. 

The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl's Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster

Boldy described as “astonishing” by The New York Times Book Review and “inspirational” by Shelf Awareness, The Queen of Katwe chronicles the true story of teenage chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi. 

Starring Academy Award–winner Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, and directed by Mira Nair, The Queen of Katwe captures the spirit of the book with a sense of thoughtfulness and respect for the source material. It’s an amazing book and, no surprise, an amazing movie. 

Inferno: A Novel

Dan Brown became a worldwide literary sensation with the release of his first novel, The Da Vinci Code. The book centers on a thrilling mystery that uses codes, symbols, art, and history to create a riveting story. It was the first in a trilogy that would be followed by Angels & Demons and Inferno

Like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons before it, Inferno was adapted into a feature-length film this year, starring veteran actor Tom Hanks. 

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

As far as debut novels go, there are few that have been as successful as The Girl on the Train. It’s a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, and now a major motion picture. 

Evoking elements of the psychological horror that was made famous by Alfred Hitchcock, The Girl on the Train utilizes our base human fears to craft a story — both as a book and as a film — that will forever change the way you look at other people. 

Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel

Lee Child is most famous for writing stories about a former military cop named Jack Reacher. What makes Reacher unique is that he was raised on military bases all over the world before starting his own successful military career. He served as a military cop without ever stepping foot in America. It wasn’t until later in Reacher’s life that he finally came to the country that he’d fought his entire life to protect. And that’s where Child’s stories begin. 

Adapted for the big screen by real-life fan Tom Cruise, the Jack Reacher movies have been just as action packed and riveting as the books they’re based on. Never Go Back is no exception, making it one of the most entertaining books-to-films of the year. 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The idea for Ransom Riggs’s first novel came to him after he started coming up with stories for strange pictures he found of children in the 1940s. He imagined the children to have fantastic powers and abilities, and he called his book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The movie was masterfully adapted by none other than Tim Burton, perhaps the most well-suited director to take on such a peculiar tale. Burton’s vision has brought Riggs’s strange (and often horrifying) story to life. After listening to the audiobook, look for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

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