The Book Thief Movie Adaptation Poster

Winter has arrived and is already promising to be an exciting season for cinema. A whole host of high-profile and highly-anticipated movies, including 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle and August: Osage County, are due for release within the next few months.

Amongst this exciting line-up of releases is the upcoming movie adaptation of Australian author Markus Zusak’s international bestselling novel The Book Thief, which has been directed by Brian Percival. Beloved by readers worldwide, The Book Thief tells the story of Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany and the eponymous book thief. In the text, Zusak tells Liesel’s story in a unique and arresting style, whilst deftly dealing with sweeping themes of humanity, death and hope.

Movie adaptations of novels always pose challenges. How do you effectively translate a novel to the big screen whilst still pleasing legions of fans across the world? Fans of The Book Thief may be concerned as to how the subtleties of Zusak’s prose will resonate on-screen, whilst those who haven’t read the novel may wonder how the film will stand out amidst the numerous high-profile movies due for release this winter. Early reviews for the movie have, however, been overwhelmingly positive, and the movie’s premiere on 3 October at the Mill Valley Film Festival received a standing ovation.

Still need convincing that The Book Thief will live up to the hype and assure itself as a winter release you should be excited about? Look no further: join us as we highlight 4 reasons why you should be excited about The Book Thief…

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This article was first posted on October 8, 2013