5 Bestsellers Hit The Big Screen In 2017, So Bring Your Book Club On A Date

Did you ever have that kid in your class who referred to Atticus Finch as Gregory Peck... or worse, Jay Gatsby as Leonardo DiCaprio?

There always seem to be those few students who try to take shortcuts by watching a two-hour movie, as opposed to reading an assigned book. More often than not, there's usually a slip-up.

I get it. Books and films have been at odds forever, both dueling it out to be the best medium. But here's the good thing: You can enjoy both.

This year, some of our favorite bestsellers are making their way to the big screen, and we can't wait to see the film adaptations of these stories.

To best prepare for these 2017 movie releases, read the books. Then, head to the movie theater with your best buds to compare the two. There's enough love to go around.

Here are the five books-turned-movies that'll have us lining up at the box office:

1. "Fifty Shades Darker" by EL James



Fifty Shades Darker, $10, Amazon 

  • Release Date: February 10, 2017
  • Starring: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

Goodness gracious, you're going to want to bring a wet towel to this one. It's basically a slew of steamy scenes, and you'll need something to help you cool off.

In "Fifty Shades Darker," a business tycoon with a rough past (and a hell of a lot of, um, interesting sexual desires) attempts another shot at a relationship with his beloved Anastasia Steele. But when Christian Grey's past resurfaces, things get complicated... and sexy.

Kinda odd there's a Taylor Swift song featured in this flick, no?

2. "The Lost City of Z" by David Grann


The Lost City of Z, $10, Amazon 

  • Release Date: April 21, 2017
  • Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

Journalist David Grann tried to piece together British explorer Percy Fawcett's 1925 Amazon quest to find a rumored civilization.

But Fawcett never returned from his journey.

Grann gathered the adventurer's findings on this city, and made his way to the Amazon for his own adventure. Check out his discoveries.

3. "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah


The Nightingale, $10, Amazon 

  • Release Date: TBD
  • Starring: TBD

A culmination of WWII's atrocities, young love and the heartbreak that comes with betrayal, Kristin Hannah's 2015 bestseller is going to be a must-see.

We'll watch the lives of two sisters unfold, and get a take on the infamous war from a woman's perspective.

4. "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls


The Glass Castle, $11, Amazon 

  • Release Date: TBD
  • Starring: Brie Larson, Naomi Watts

The 2006 memoir that found a place on everyone's shelves chronicles Walls' unstable, atypical childhood with parents who were anything but conventional.

Although the author once hid her experiences, "The Glass Castle" reveals all in what will surely be a raw and emotional movie.

5. "Let It Snow" by John Green, Maureen Johnson And Lauren Myracle


Let It Snow, $7, Amazon 

  • Release Date: November 2017
  • Starring: TBD

All you have to say is "John Green," and YA enthusiasts across the country will be hooked.

We're still sobbing over "The Fault In Our Stars" and making sense of Margo in "Paper Towns" – great books, great movies – but we're always up to devour his next story in print or on screen.

"Let It Snow" is three love stories rolled into one. We'll save you a seat.

Citations: 17 Books to Read Before They're 2017 Movies (PopSugar)