Most Anticipated Film Adaptations of 2018 from Core Collections

Library Resources | Claire Fielder| February 13, 2018

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When books and graphic novels are turned into movies, they often find an expanded audience. Here’s a list of 2018’s most anticipated movie adaptations, courtesy of Core Collections.

Core Collections librarians are aware of the effect that new media has on library users’ reading habits. When books and graphic novels are adapted into movies and TV shows, they have an opportunity to find an expanded audience.

Film adaptations of books can make old favorites relevant again (like the bump Stephen King’s It got from the recent movie) or to bring a slew of new readers to a lesser-known title. The following list forecasts stories that may be in demand in 2018. Stay ahead of the curve and check your catalog for these titles.

Most Anticipated Family-Friendly Movie Adaptations of 2018

“Family friendly” status is determined by the anticipated movie rating being PG-13 or below, the intended audience of the source material being children or teens, and the subject matter being interesting to children and teens.

Black Panther, based on the Marvel Comics characters (February 16)

With appeal across age groups, this will be a box office force to be reckoned with. While the movie isn’t directly based on them, we recommend the comics written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Also, keep an eye out for Ronald L. Smith’s children’s novel The Young Prince, which was published in January. Note: Marvel will continue to dominate the box office in 2018; Black Panther is the first of seven movies they’re releasing (not all of which are family friendly.) Check your collection for titles about The Avengers, The X-Men and Deadpool.

A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle (March 9)

Ava DuVernay directed this blockbuster that features Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. This book is a great read-aloud for parents or teachers and can be used as a jumping off point for STEM activities. We recommend Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets and More: A History with 21 Activities (2013) for inspiration.

Love, Simon, based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (March 16)

A coming-of-age story and a coming-out story, Albertalli’s novel is equal parts sweet, heartbreaking and hilarious. This movie is bound to be a crowd pleaser. Also, keep an eye out for the sequel, Leah on the Offbeat, which will be published April 24.

Ready Player One, based on the novel by Ernest Cline (March 30)

Because of the story’s reliance on pop culture references from the 1980s, it might be worthwhile to assess your collection of ‘80s movies. Back to the Future, Akira, Nightmare on Elm Street and many other references are visible in the trailer, and the movie will have even more moments in time that patrons will want to revisit.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, based on the Marvel comics characters (Christmas 2018)

This is not about the Peter Parker you know and love. Meet Miles Morales. Consider keeping not only Brian Michael Bendis’ comics on your shelves, but also Jason Reynolds’ Miles Morales novel.

Film adaptations of books can make old favorites relevant again … or to bring a slew of new readers to a lesser-known title.

Most Anticipated Grown-Up Movie Adaptations of 2018

Annihilation, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (February 23)

This adaptation of the first novel in the Southern Reach trilogy is going to be interesting to movie-goers who enjoy a bit of horror in their science fiction. The star-studded cast (Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez and Oscar Isaac) will help it appeal to a broader audience.

Red Sparrow, based on the novel by Jason Matthews (March 2)

Penned by a former CIA officer, this novel focuses on a Russian intelligence officer who is a trained seductress. The other books in the trilogy are Palace of Treason (2015) and The Kremlin’s Candidate (2018). The film looks dark, stylish and stars Jennifer Lawrence. What more could you ask for?

Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan (August 17)

We recommend this fun, gossipy, insightful novel to fans of Downton Abbey looking for a contemporary story. Don’t forget to purchase the other books in the series: China Rich Girlfriend (2015) and Rich People Problems (2017).

First Man, based on First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen (October 12)

Directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Jon Bernthal, Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling, this seems poised to be an early Best Picture contender. Be sure to also purchase The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel. (The miniseries is great, too!) If you have a copy of Apollo 13, the movie starring Tom Hanks, check how many times it has circulated and determine if you need a replacement.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, based on the novel by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer (2018)

This historical novel is already a book club favorite, and the adaptation starring several Downton Abbey alums is bound to appeal to a certain set of library users. The U.S. release date has not been determined yet.

Note: Film release dates are for the United States and are subject to change.

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Claire Fielder
Core Collections, EBSCO

Originally from Detroit, Claire Fielder studied classical civilization and art history at Kalamazoo College before completing her MLIS at Wayne State University. Before joining EBSCO’s Core Collections team, Claire worked at a public library and spent much of her time cataloging books. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking.

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