As most of you know, the new thing in Hollywood is to take books and make them into movies. Well… maybe the concept isn’t that new but it has become apparent that the theme of book to movie is becoming more popular in the cinematic world. The majority of the population LOVES these movies, where as a humble bookworm like I, tend to have a love/hate relationship with them. If the adaptation is great then, all bookworms rejoice that someone did something right, but of the adaptation is bad… well… enough said. Of course we are all aware that… the book is always better! ALWAYS! There has been only one instance where the movie was better than the book, of course I cannot remember it since I refuse to remember such an event, and I have blocked it from my memory. Since the demand of book to movie is growing, I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about the movies that are due out sometime this year. Ok fellow bookworms; calendars out, here we go:
Paper Towns – Release July 24th
Book- Paper Towns by John Green, a YA book about two teenage neighbors who go on a crazy adventure together and become closer in the process (Post to come later.) Staring: Cara Delevingne, and Nat Wolff
Victor Frankenstein – Release October 2nd
Book – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a different take on the famous gothic story from the view of Igor, Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy
The Scorch Trials – Release September 18th
Book – The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, the second installment of The Maze Runner trilogy. Starring: Dylan O’Brein, Kaya Scodelario.
Everest – Release September 18th
Book – Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, a hike to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on Earth, goes horribly wrong. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Kiera Knightly, Robin Wright
Mockingjay Part 2 – Release November 20th (maybe)
Book – Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the second part to the third book adaptation of the Hunger Games Trilogy (you trying saying that 5 times fast, what a mouth full). Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Far from the Madding Crown – Release April 17th, Out Now in Theatres
Book – Far from the Madding Crown by Thomas Hardy, An independent Victorian farm owner has her choice of three different suitors. Starring: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge
So those are all the book to movie adaptions happening the rest of the year. I am excited to read/see Far From the Madding Crown; I love period dramas, Victor Frankenstein; I think it would be an interesting take on a classic piece of literature, and The Scorch Trials; I loved The Maze Runner novels! As I was doing research for this post I thought about some of my favorite book to movie adaptations. These are the ones that did the book justice and I will happily watch over and over again. In no particular order:
The Fault in Our Stars
I loved the book and the movie. Proceed to cry my eyes out in both, but I won’t tell you why, you just need to read/watch it for yourself. Bring tissues!
Pride and Prejudice
This is my favorite book, EVER! I love the dynamics between Darcy and Elizabeth, and as much as I loved the version with Matthew McFadyen and Kiera Knightly, the BBC/A&E version that is 6 hours long with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is still my favorite. Hands down, Colin Firth is my Mr. Darcy, forever and always.
I cry every time I see this movie and it never gets old. I actually think they did a great job with this movie, which led to the enterprise of Nicholas Sparks’ movies, which always make me cry. There are only a few that I like, The Notebook and The Longest Ride are my favorites. They are a great chic flicks to watch with the girls.
First movie/book of the Divergent Trilogy, and I admit… I saw the movie before reading the book. FOR SHAME! But I still loved the book none the less. Both are a fast paced, heart racing adventure that you would enjoy if you loved the books or a good action movie.
Sherlock Holmes (Both movies)
Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. make a wonderful Sherlock and Watson. The movies are action packed, that will keep you at the edge of your seat. I loved reading the Sherlock Holmes’ stories, and it was exciting to see how well they were brought to the big screen.
Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this year? What are some of your favorite book to movie adaptations? What books do you think they should make into a movie? Let your thoughts down in the comments!