15 books making their way to the big screen in 2019

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The Goldfinch

On Oct. 11, The Goldfinch will leap from the page to the big screen for drama lovers everywhere. The original book was written by Donna Tartt, and the film adaptation is being directed by the talented John Crowley.

This Warner Bros. coming-of-age tale follows the story of Theodore Decker, played by Ansel Elgort, who is a survivor of a terrorist attack at an art museum in which his mother sadly passed away. Before leaving the scene, Decker takes a Dutch painting called The Goldfinch, because he believes a dying old man is pointing to it as something important to save from the rubble. Decker, overwhelmed by the situation, tucks it away and escapes the scene.

After the death of his mother, Decker’s father makes a long-overdue appearance with his new girlfriend and transplants Decker to Las Vegas, where he gets into a whole new world of drugs and alcohol. Theo’s father tragically passes in a car accident, and Theo takes that as a sign to head back to New York.

The story continues following the happenings of Theo’s life into adulthood.  As the audience gets to see the pleasure of Theo growing old and observe how he acts under the challenges he is faced with, they’ll notice how his past keeps coming back to haunt him, and it is easy to see how it has affected him. He gets to a point where he is drinking and contemplating suicide in a hotel room. But, thinking about the beautiful things people find in the darkest times, just like he found The Goldfinch, may help him make it through his tough time.