Books to Read Before They Become Movies
We love a good film.
But—when it comes to storytelling—books rule.
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Into the Forest
The end of the world doesn't always have to take place in a
charred landscape like in The Road
or a reality-TV stadium like in The Hunger Games
. In Into the Forest
, sisters Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) are
forced to survive in the dense Northern California wilderness after a
catastrophe has zapped the electrical grid and everyone turns dangerously feral
when resources get scarce. Director Patricia Rozema says the film adaptation
, out July 22, skips to
the second half of Jean Hegland's 1998 novel, when the stakes get very high.
So, head to the original book for a bracing backstory about the sisters' first
struggles to survive off the grid, highlighted by Ellen's poignant narration: "When I think of how we used to live, the casual
way we used things, I'm both appalled and filled with longing."
— Mark Athitakis