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You’ll be surprised by the number of movies that have actually been inspired by books, from Me Before You to Trainspotting. Some of the greatest big screen hits have been adapted from novels, and manage to do the book justice more often than not.

However, there’s something special about reading the story before seeing it unfold on the big screen. 

What I love about book to film adaptations is putting a face to the characters you’ve loved for so long. Yes, you may know how the film is going to end, but seeing those characters come to life in the cinema is such a special feeling. It also helps you connect with them more, because they’re no longer just descriptions on a page.

The familiarity of the story, the plot and the characters can also be a huge source of comfort for bookworms when watching their beloved tales on the big screen.

Today, I wanted to recommend a book that left me in floods of tears, but one I hold very close to my heart. It’s due to be made into a film in 2019, starring Elle Fanning, and you must read it before it’s cinematic release.

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:

What can I say about this book other than WOW. The young adult novel by the incredible Jennifer Niven is without a doubt one of the greatest books I’ve read. The way Jennifer writes about bipolar disorder, the importance of friendship and the fear of being judged is so striking.

 

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All The Bright Places follows the lives of Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. Theodore aka Finch is completely fascinated with death. Suicide is always on his mind, but little things always stop him from killing himself.

Violet Markey is struggling with the untimely death of her sister. She spends her days daydreaming about the future and aches to escape her hometown so she can start her life all over again.

 

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Violet and Finch meet on top of the ledge of the school’s bell tower. They quickly develop a friendship that finally lets them breathe for the first time and be who they’ve always wanted to be.

The pair decide to team up for a school project to discover the natural wonders’ of Indiana, but their wanderings teach them more about one another than their hometown.

Violet learns how to live in the moment through her friendship with Finch, but can her friendship keep him alive?

 

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This novel will take hold of your heart from the very first page. The friendship between Finch and Violet is both mesmerising and heartbreaking. The constant discussion of mental health and suicide throughout this young adult novel is heavy, but necessary.

Author Jennifer Niven is in the pre-production stages of the movie, and is thankfully looking after the script.

 

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Elle Fanning has been cast as Violet, and the producers have found their Finch. Harry Styles, Charlie Heaton and Cole Sprouse have all been rumoured to be playing Finch, so keep your eyes peeled, but in the meantime read this glorious novel, and make sure you have plenty of tissues beside you.

All The Bright Places is published by Penguin Books Ltd and is available to buy here.

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With production of Disney's Maleficent 2 officially underway, stars Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie have been teasing fans with a series of BTS snaps. 

Four years after Jolie first stunned fans with her haunting portrayal of the Disney villain,  Elle has taken to Instagram to share two adorable photos of her and her on-screen mother.

Rocking Maleficent's signature horns and sharp fangs, Angelina can be seen playfully flashing the peace sign in the background, as the pair joked around between takes. 

"It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set," Elle wrote on Instagram.

 

It's bring your mom to work day on the #Maleficent2 set!!!!! 

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Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios confirmed that Michelle Pfeiffer will indeed be joining the sequel as Queen Ingrith, while Harris Dickinson has been cast as Prince Philip. 

And as if that wasn't enough information to keep us Disney fans satisfied, we got an official plot synopsis which read: 

 "A fantasy adventure that picks up several years after Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of Disney's most notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora.

"Maleficent II continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy and the soon to be Queen, as they form new alliances and face new adversaries in their struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within."

Maleficent 2, which will be directed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge's Joachim Rønning, doesn't yet have a US or UK release date.

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Remember being a kid and wishing you could have pretty pink hair?  Well it seems now really is the time to do it as yet another high profile star has taken the plunge and gone pink.

Maleficent star Elle Fanning has joined the likes of Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna by injecting a bit of pastel perfection into her ‘do and it is quite possibly her best look yet.

The American actress took to Instagram last night to reveal her new look with a selfie captioned: “Dusty rose hair.”

 

Dusty  hair: @justjenda

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Like us, Elle’s followers seem to be pretty taken with the change with one fan commenting: “Finally #DreamColour I always wanted to see this colour on you.”

While another excited user went with: “SLAYYYYYYY YASSSS BEAUTY QUEEN.”

Our thoughts exactly!

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Elle Fanning has gotten something of a makeover – and it’s dramatic to say the least!

The actress is set to star in Three Generations as a teenager who is transitioning from female to male and the role sees her with short brown hair and a very different style to what we’re used to.

In new stills from the movie, it is safe to say we almost did not realise it was Elle!

It sounds as if Elle is following in the footsteps of Charlize Theron, Christian Bale and other greats when it comes to changing an image drastically for a movie!

The movie makes a huge change from Elle's last movie role where she played Disney princess Aurora opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent

However, many people aren’t so happy about Elle’s casting, asking why a real-life trans-gender teenager wasn’t used instead.

Producers of the movie are yet to comment. 

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Elle Fanning attended the premier for The Boxtrolls this weekend and showed off her stunning to brunette hair.

The actress, whose trademark blonde locks match those of her older sister Dakota’s, walked the red carpet looking understated and classy in a black pantsuit with a peplum top.

While we may not be crazy about her outfit choice we’re loving her new hair and she really is just too cute!

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SHEmazing! TV offers you your daily 90 Second Update rounding up the showbiz news!

Today’s highlights include:

-Which gorgeous actress could be British Royalty?

-50 cent has joined a world’s worst list but for which act? Shame!

-Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick holiday away from the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Break-time!

-One Direction’s Zayn and Louis are in big trouble for smoking an illegal substance. What we’re wondering is who leaked the video and why?

-Which Towie couple want to get married on a beach. Romance is in the air!

Watch the video for the full report.

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Angelina Jolie looks terrifying as the evil fairy.

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