Readers will always be the first to tell you that the book is better than the movie, especially if that movie is a blockbuster hit based off of a book not many people have read. It's almost like having read the book of a popular movie adaptation is like being part of an elite club, where you get to answer questions like, "So what parts in the book did they leave out in the movie?" or "Now that I've seen the movie, do you think the book is worth reading?"
For the record, the book is always worth reading, and now you've got your chance. Below is a list of three popular books slated to arrive in theaters later this year. These books are destined to be blockbuster hits, as one of them has Leonardo DiCaprio in it, and another is part of the massively popular Hunger Games trilogy.
Catching Fire: The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy will hit theaters November 22. That may seem like a long way away, but the months between now and then allow plenty of time to catch up on the trilogy. In Catching Fire, Peeta and Katniss are enlisted again in the Hunger Games, now in its 25th year, where both they and the victors from the previous 24 games compete to the death.
The Great Gatsby: The highly anticipated 2013 movie adaptation of this great american novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio and hits theaters May 10. It has been adapted for the screen five times before, and given that anyone who made it to high school will have likely read this book, it behooves you to pick it up sometime before May, so you can at least join in the book-movie comparisons afterward.
World War Z: Let's just say some people have been looking forward to this movie adaptation since their novel-writing days at Cal State Long Beach in 2009. (Namely me.) There were rumors of a dispute between whether Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt would star in this movie, but given all of the lime light DiCaprio's been receiving lately, good for you Brad. World War Z is an oral history of the zombie war, and a damn convincing one at that. It's literally a compilation of individual stories told by people who survived the zombie war, fashioned after Studs Terkel's An Oral History of World War II. This bad boy finally comes out in theaters June 21.
All of these movie adaptations won't be released for months yet, which leaves plenty of time to get a head start, depending on your genre of interest. Other books-recently-turned-movies that are currently in theaters include Safe Haven, The Hobbit, and The Silver Linings Playbook.