This won't be the only book-to-movie adaptation I read and then watched this year. It's nothing new to see such adaptations as most people know, but this year there were a lot of them. More than I can recall in any other years. I was alerted to this through this Buzzfeed article in January. This got me into reading several of the books being adapted to film. And since one of the reading challenges I joined as a "Book to Movie" one, this gave me lots of options.
Of all the books-to movies listed in the article, I read and watched the following this year:
Heaven is for Real (That one wasn't mentioned in the Buzzfeed article, but someone mentioned it in a comment)
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hundred-Foot Journey
This is Where I Leave You
The Maze Runner
I also watched Vampire Academy and If I Stay, the books of which I read prior to this year. And I read Wild as well and will try to catch that movie in December. And I may try to read some of the other books mentioned and watch the DVD later.
Many of you will argue that the book is better, and most of the time I agree. Some of my book group members argued that the film based on This is Where I Leave You was actually better than the book. I've been guilty in the past of seeing a film without reading the book, but in some cases I was not aware of that the movie was based on a book. I barely read the book The Devil Wears Prada earlier this year, having seen the movie when It was released in 2006 (and I have the DVD).
Now I wonder what the next big book-to-movie will be. I've read a great number of books that I can see becoming films. Will have to wait and see what will be.