There has never been a more exciting time to be a bookworm.
Films and books have always had a close relationship, and in the last decade they have grown even closer. I’m sure the popularity of films like Harry Potter and Twilight have contributed to this. It seems as if the film industry has finally cottoned on to the fact that book adaptions are gold dust.
Popular books have enormous fan bases from various ages, and if there’s one thing us bookworms are known for, it’s our dedication.
While book to film adaptions for some can be cause for great excitement and celebration, for others it can be looked on with terror as we contemplate all the horrible ways in which they could ruin our favourite book. I’m personally one of those people who gets excited about adaptions, even though I know sometimes they can desecrate something I love dearly, I choose to remain optimistic. 🙂
Over the pass couple of months I have been noticing so many upcoming book to film adaptions that I decided I needed to post about them. A bibliophile cannot ignore these things! Below I’ve listed all the adaptions I have found so far, accompanied by a trailer, poster, or a bit of information if none of the former are available.
1.) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Out this September.
I’m really excited for this one, it looks great! I haven’t read the book yet but I might just have to make an exception and get it even though I’ve put a book buying ban on myself. (Reading the book before seeing the film is a must!) Besides, it’s only a small book…..before you can blink it will be off my TBR pile again (or so I tell myself). 🙂
2.) Anna Karenina – Out this November.
All I really have to say about this one is – Keira Knightley AGAIN? Really?! Don’t we have any other actresses that can play the lead role in these classics? I mean I like her and all, but it’s getting a bit excessive.
The trailer looks good though!
3.) Breaking Dawn Part 2 – Out this November.
Some have been eagerly anticipating this one, others have been doing everything in their power to avoid it. I will be going to see it, as is the tradition, but I have to say I’m very relieved this is the last one. The time for Twilight has long past in my opinion and it’s appeal has long worn off.
And is it just me or does everybody else also cringe when he says “we’re the same temperature now?” Ooooh big whoop! Being the same temperature as my boyfriend – yepp, that’s always been high on my checklist, right under bookworm and handsome.
4.) Life of Pi – Out this November.
I don’t know much about this one, although someone recommended I read it because they thought it was very good. It sounds like a strange read, and I’m not sure how it will translate to the big screen. There doesn’t seem to be a trailer currently.
Description from Amazon: After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi – a 16-year-old Indian boy. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years. Yann Martel’s “Life of Pi” is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure.
*UPDATE 26th July the trailer is now out:
5.) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Out this December.
This is by far the film I am looking forward to seeing the most! I know I posted about it back in December, but yes, I’m going to post the trailer again. Why? Because I just love watching it!
I also recommend you put it on full screen.
With the sound right up.
And then when it’s finished you should click repeat.
That’s an order 😉
6.) Les Misérables – Out this December.
I know the story Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is widely praised, and that the musical has received a similar response, yet I know almost nothing about the story. I’m not too sure about it as a film, and I doubt I will watch it until I have read the book (which I definitely want to do at some point, it looks like such a powerful story) but the stunning cast certainly made me do a double take.
Has anyone read the book? I would be interested to know your thoughts on it! Although I will probably attempt his Hunchback of Notre-Dame first and see if I get on with that, seeing as I already own that one.
7.) Jack Reacher – Out this December.
Based on Lee Child’s wildly popular book series (of which I have review the first two books Killing Floor and Die Trying) this film focuses on the narrative of the 9th book in his series One Shot. I have to admit my first impressions from the trailer are pretty negative. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? No, no, no, no, no! He’s supposed to be a big burley ex military guy built like a brick. Not an irritating Tom Cruise with a short and weedy stature. Ughh, all wrong.
8.) The Great Gatsby – Out December. *UPDATE 08/08/12* The date has been shifted and is now estimated for summer 2013.
I’ve avoided watching the trailer for this one altogether because I will be reading the book very soon and I don’t want anything to be given away! I’m sure after I’ve read it I will be looking forward to the film though. I take the presence of Leonardo Dicaprio as a good sign. 🙂
9.) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – Out January 2013.
Yet another fairytale from the Brothers Grimm (following the release of Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror earlier this year) however I’ve yet to find any information on it other than: 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.
Sounds pretty cool though right? I’ll be keeping an eye out for this one!
10.) Jack the Giant Killer – Out March 2013.
The fairytales theme seems to be continuing it’s way into 2013 with the release of Jack the Giant Killer. I’m not entirely convinced by this one, I’ve never really been bothered by the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, although it looks like they are trying hard to switch it up.
11.) The Host – Out March 2013.
I won’t say too much about this one as I expressed my views about this Stephenie Meyer adaption earlier in the year when I first heard the news. However since then the trailer has come out, and I have to say that I think it may be the worst trailer I’ve ever seen. At the end of it I actually had to double check that I hadn’t accidentally clicked on a fan made trailer instead! Not a good sign…but I do love Saoirse Ronan, so maybe there’s hope?
Also, I think Stephenie Meyer has an obsession with eye contacts…..just sayin.
12.) Oz: The Great and Powerful – Out sometime in 2013.
Please, please please let this one be good! I was so excited when I heard about this. The Wizard of Oz is one of my all time favourite movies and when I was younger I also fell in love with The Lion of Oz which was a prequel. I hope this one will be just as good – if not better!
So, are you overwhelmed with bookish excitement yet?
Well hold on to your proverbial hats people and take a look at these beauties that have also sold their rights to film companies!
I for one am pretty excited about all these films coming out, but what about you? Will you be making your way to the cinema to see any of them?
Oz The Great and Powerful poster: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oz:_The_Great_and_Powerful
Beautiful Creatures book cover: http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/6304335-beautiful-creatures
World War Z book cover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_Z
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters book cover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sea_of_Monsters
City of Bones book cover: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/256683.City_of_Bones
Ender’s Game book cover: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1950052.Ender_s_Game
Catching Fire: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6148028-catching-fire