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Book to Movie Adaptations

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Book to Movie Adaptations

It seems to me, at least, that when Hollywood isn’t throwing money re-producing old films, the trend lately it to make book-to-movie adaptations. Recently The Fault in Our Stars, If I Stay, The Giver, The Maze Runner, Vampire Academy, and Divergent have all become major motion pictures, and the list is steadily growing. So, here is the schedule/updates for the latest and greatest in books to movies!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

gone girlPublished August 26, 2014

Movie Status: In theaters now!

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

mockingjayPublished August 24, 2010

Movie Status: Part one in theaters November 21, 2014

My name is Katniss Everdeen.
Why am I not dead?
I should be dead.

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans–except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels’ Mockingjay–no matter what the personal cost.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 

dark placesPublished May 5, 2009

Movie status: In theaters 2015

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

the best of mePublished October 11, 2011

Movie status: In theaters October 17, 2014

THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies by J.R.R. Tolkien

the hobbitPublished August 15, 2002

Movie status: In theaters December 17, 2014

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent

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P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast have just recently released the cover art for their latest, and last installment of the House of Night series. Redeemed is scheduled to be published on October 14, 2014 and will be the novel to end the epic series that started back in 2007. Yet do not fret my HoN lovers, for whispers through the grapevines have informed me that P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast are indeed in the process of making the series into a movie. As soon as I know more info about the upcoming movie, I will inform y’all.

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Synopsis:

In the final electrifying novel in the HoN series, Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review!

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bajo-la-misma-estrellaSince the movie The Fault in Our Stars came number one in the box office this week, and because I went and watched it, I figured I would at least tell y’all what I thought of it. (Warning: my opinions come from someone who has yet to read the book, I promise its on y TBR list, I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

Okay, so I thought the movie was actually really good. For once, the movie didn’t completely disgrace and shame the book. From what I could tell, it followed the plot fairly well and even included most of the details. The movie was like 2 hours, but it wasn’t drawn out, I think they set the movie at a really good pace to where it moves smoothly and fast enough to keep your attention. The actors were all great, showing a great depth of emotion and really seemed to make their characters come alive. The movie was sad, though not as sad as I thought it would be (I kinda figured it would be like Nicholas Sparks sad…..). The end was really sad, in that, holy crap its a good ending but my eyes can’t stop watering kind of way. 

Since I have NOT read the book yet, I thought it would only be right to get the opinions of the movie from someone who HAS read the book. My sister Anna gladly accepted this offer to let y’all know what she thought (She’s read the book at least 15 times and was muttering throughout the movie). Soooo, here is her take on the movie!

Anna’s Movie Review:

Since I have read the book many times, I figured it would be nice to share my point of view.The movie and the book, in all reality, could almost be viewed as two separate entities. The movie had a lot of detail, but switched around the plot a bunch, while the book kept a steady rise and fall. I really had higher expectations for the movie, since John Green was on set the entire time, but as pointed out by my sister Alyssa, he could not change the script after he signed over the rights. Hopefully the next movie, he will have editorial powers. 

419339-the-fault-in-our-stars-movie-the-latest-photos-from-the-set-featuring-The actors, I felt, captured the characters perfectly in terms of personality. Shailene Woodley had just the right amount of awkward-ness to play a teenaged Hazel, who had to grow up way to fast. Ansel Elgort had the perfect attitude to play the pretentious Augustus, and the silly, joke making Gus. Nat Wolff, however,was not who I imagined to play Isaac. Isaac struck me as more of a pretentious sort, almost like Augustus, in the book he makes sly jokes and allows himself to imagine a life without cancer.

Due to how the characters are described in the book, Hazel was seen as a small girl with puffy cheeks, Augustus Waters described her with, “You’re like a millennial Natalie Portman. Like V for Vendetta Natalie Portman.” Very, very short hair, puffed out cheeks, and a smile worth a million. Hazel did not agree, but I felt like she did not have a high self-esteem, possibly due to contracting cancer at a young age.

408904thefaultinourstarsmovieauthorjohngreensharesmorefromtheseAugustus is described as pretentious and handsome. Ansel had that air about him, but he is not ow I imagined Gus to be, Isaac, however, was perfectly how I figured he would look. The nerdy type (really nice hair, also) and in Alyssa’s words, “The hot gamer with a fetish for breaking trophies.” … I don’t even know.

Over all, the movie was quite nice. If you had read the book it was about 10% worse (which isn’t saying anything, seeing as how the book was amazing) and a 16th the sadness. (But no, seriously, read the book Alyssa.)

 

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Fallen series coming to theaters?

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Lately I have been hearing a lot of whispers in the wind about the Fallen Series written by Lauren Kate in 2009 will be made into a major motion film shortly. Being a Fallen fan myself, I had to check these rumors out. Turns out, rumors were right! Contracts were signed earlier this year to produce the film and it will be released in 2015. The screenplay is being written by Nichole Millard and the movie will be directed by Scott Hicks. The cast has been decided and the roles are as the following: Lola Kirke as Penn, Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Molly, Daisy Head as Arianne, Hermione Corfield as Gabbe, Malachi Kirby as Roland, Chris Asby as Todd, Addison Timlin as Lucinda, Jeremy Irvine as Daniel, and last but not least Harrison Gilbertson as Cam.

For those of you who do not know what the Fallen series is about, you’re missing out. I read this series a couple years back when it had first been released and could not get enough of it. The depth of character and complex plot Lauren Kate creates is amazing and captivate even the most reluctant readers. There are three books to this series and a novella that follows up after the third installment to the series.
fallenSynopsis of Fallen #1:

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tormentSynopsis of Torment, Fallen #2:

Hell on earth.

That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.

What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?

 

 

 

passionSynopsis of Passion, Fallen #3:

Luce would die for Daniel.

And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way….

Luce is certain that something – or someone – in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of thislifetime…going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel…and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history. Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames…forever.

 

 

 

 

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Synopsis of Fallen in Love, Fallen #3.5:

Unexpected. Unrequited. Forbidden. Eternal. Everyone has their own love story.

And in a twist of fate, four extraordinary love stories combine over the course of a romantic Valentine’s Day in Medieval England. Miles and Shelby find love where they
least expect it. Roland learns a painful lesson about finding-and losing love. Arianne pays the price for a love so fierce it burns. And for the first -and last- time, Daniel and Luce
will spend a night together like none other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

downloadSynopsis of Rapture, Fallen #4:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

 

Upcoming Books to Movies

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Recently, the trend for books to movies had been increasing. This year alone Divergent and Vampire Academy have been made into movies based off their novels with plans for The Fault in our Stars, and If I Stay to be released as movies also.

The Fault in Our Stars:

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsSYNOPSIS: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Unfortunately, I have not read this book and can’t really tell you anymore about it, but from what I’ve heard (and I’ve heard a lot) this is a great book that inspires and touches the heart. Disclaimer: read the ending by yourself, I hear its super sad.

CAST: Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters, Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, Nat Wolff as Isaac, Willem Dafoe as Peter van Houten, Emily Peachey as Monica, Laura Dern as Mrs. Lancaster, Sam Trammell as Mr. Lancaster, Mike Birbiglia as Patrick, Lotte Verbeek as Lidewij Vliegenthart, and Allegra Carpenter as Hostess

 

 

 

If I Stay

81UjVsGy5yLSYNOPSIS: In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

I read this book maybe three years ago and was immediately addicted from page one. We watch as the main character falls in love, struggles to fit in, and prepares for the biggest moment in her life: auditioning for Julliard. But one moment can change all that. When a freak car accident kills her, suddenly she is watching herself in a coma as her loved ones beg her to fight. Which will she choose? To stay, or to go?

The second installment the this series, Where She Went, was released in 2011.

SYNOPSIS: 

If you had a second chance at first love . . . would you take it?

It’s been three years since Adam’s love saved Mia after the accident that annihilated life as she knew it . . . and three years since Mia walked out of Adam’s life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard’s rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia’s home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future – and each other.

CAST: Chloe Grace Moretz as Mia, Mireille Enos as Kat, Liana Liberato as Kim, Jamie Blackley as Adam, Joshua Leonard as Denny, Lauren Lee Smith as Willow, Sarah Grey as Cute Groupie, Jakob Davies as Teddy, Aliyah O’Brien as EMT, and  Ali Milner as Liz