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Posted on Jun 2, 2016 in Expert Picks

The Book Was Better: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Me Before You, and The BFG

We’re book people. We’ll see the movie, and it will make us cry, but we’ll secretly think the book was better. This summer is full of page-to-screen adaptations of some of our favorite books. Here are a few we can’t wait to see.

By Margaret Terwey


Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27, based on the book by Lewis Carroll)

The fantastic, imaginative Wonderland Lewis Carroll created comes to life once again in Tim Burton’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Johnny Depp reprise their roles as Alice, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter in this CGI-filled adventure.


Me Before You (June 3, based on the book by Jojo Moyes)

In case you haven’t been counting down the days like we have (you know, on a calendar, à la Louisa Clark), Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock and based on the bestselling book by Jojo Moyes, hits theaters Friday, June 3rd. Louisa Clark’s ordinary life takes an extraordinary turn when she takes a job as caretaker for moody (to put it lightly) quadriplegic Will Traynor. After a rocky start, they soon find themselves begrudgingly enjoying each other’s company. They both become determined to give the other something to live for. Don’t forget the waterproof mascara for this one, as stars Emilia Clarke (Lou) and Sam Claflin (Will) are sure to leave you a blubbering mess by the time the credits roll. Follow along with hashtag #liveboldly.


The BFG (July 1, based on the book by Roald Dahl)

Roald Dahl’s big-eared, dream-catching, non-children-eating, Big Friendly Giant has captivated the imaginations of millions since the book’s first release in 1982. A young orphaned girl named Sophie encounters the BFG, who takes her with him to Giant Country. She quickly learns that not all giants are friendly. Directed by Stephen Spielberg and starring Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the BFG himself, The BFG is not to be missed.


What’s your favorite book that’s coming to life on the big screen this summer? Do you think the movie will do the book justice? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Margaret Terwey is a senior buyer specializing in fiction, new age and poetry genres.

Read her full bio here.

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