Novels turned to films in 2015

By Renee Oliver
February 3, 2015

Some bookworms love when their favorite novel gets turned into a movie. Others despise it and truly believe that nothing could ever compare to reading the story first-hand.

Whatever your preference may be, here is a quick run down on four books that will become movies and be in theaters this year.

“Fifty Shades Of Grey”

This three-book series stirred up some controversy when it first hit the book stores. Written by British author E.L James, this novel tells the erotic love story of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. The trilogy is filled with vivd details about various sexual practices, which is why some believed it should have been banned altogether. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has sold over 100 million copies worldwide and set a record in the United Kingdom as the fastest-selling paperback of all time.

Although the trilogy has experienced mixed reviews for its raunchiness, there is no denying the epic love story between the two main characters. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is set to release on the Friday before Valentine’s Day.

“In the Heart of the Sea”

American writer Nathaniel Philbrick tells the non-fiction story about the sinking of an American whaleship. The loss of the whaleship labeled as the Essex took place in the Pacific Ocean in 1820. The ship tragically sank from being attacked by a sperm whale. Philbrick lets us in on the tale of what the crew members endured to try and survive.

The film will feature an impressive cast with Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson all leading the way. This biographical thriller film is scheduled to release on Dec. 11.


The second book in the “Divergent” trilogy continues the science fiction story of Tris Prior and her quest of trying to save the people that she loves. Succeeding the events from the first novel, a war now looms over the city of Chicago.

“Divergent” was a huge success amongst audiences as it brought in $288,747,895 in box office sales. “Insurgent” is expected to do just as well. Although, it is criticized because the series is similar to movies “The Hunger Games” and “The Maze Runner”, it still appeals to its target audiences. This sequel will be released on March 20.

“A Walk in the Woods”

This memoir mixes humorous accounts of travel writer Bill Bryson in his attempt to walk the Appalachian Trail with his friend Stephen Katz. This book is written in comical style yet scattered with more serious dialogue about surrounding matters relating to the trail and its sociology, ecology, tress, plants, animals and people.

An exact release date for the film this year is not yet available but it will be shown at this year’s Sundance Film Festival at the end of January. A theatrical release date will later be determined.

Renee Oliver

Renee Oliver. Junior communications major at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. Sports section editor for the award-winning college newspaper, The Loquitur.

1 thought on “Novels turned to films in 2015”

  1. 50 Shades of Grey. I’m really waiting to see whether it’s made better than the novel itself as the novel had the lead chewing her lips more than 500 times! LOL (those who have read , you know what I mean)

    Meanwhile I prefer reading other sensible authors.

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