A few books to read before their movie hits theaters this year!
After watching the movie, Catching Fire this week, I decided to read the third book in the Hunger Games Series, Mockingjay. While, this book lived up to its expectations, it did get me thinking about the making of the next movie. The detail and the intensity thrown into this book, will make one riveting movie. Heart pounding and intense, Mockingjay delivers a satisfying end to the phenomenal series, answering questions thatCatching Fire left dangling before you. Captivating readers and movie watches of all ages.
While Catching Fire and the Hunger Games followed their book counterparts, I still wondered how many books receive this fair justice? However, no matter how authentic the movie counterpart is to the book, the experience of watching a movie, drastically differs from that of the book.
As readers, we have the first opportunity to breathe life into the pages of a book, as the story comes to life in the readers mind. Scenes unfold before our eyes, transforming us into part of the stories’ magic. Without the reader, a book remains lifeless, waiting and wanting to find a place to belong.
Never the less, we have found another way to awaken the magic with in our books. Film makers can resurrect life with fragments and pieces from a storyline, pulling images and bits of magic from the novel to create an amazing brilliant masterpiece. All having the same common goal, to bring the novel to life by way of the silver screen, bringing us one step closer to the characters that we have carried in our hearts. Putting pictures to both the faces and scenes that we have carried in our minds. Enchanting thousands or even millions with the story that originally captivated readers. Film makers’ bewitch audiences by pulling us under their spell, never letting you go whether it be through love or fear.
With that being said, 2014 seems to be the year of adapting novels to film. With 22 books scheduled to head to the theater (down from last year’s total of 26), this is your chance to connect with some of these titles before they hit the big screen.
This year there are quite a few Young Adult titles, including the following:
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, February 7, 2014
Divergent by Veronica Roth, March 21, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green June 6, 2014
Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel Comics) by Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven, Yves Bigerel and Michael Avon Oeming, August 1, 2014
The Giver by Lois Lowry, August 15, 2014
If I Stay by Gayle Forman, August 22, 2014
The Maze Runner by James Dashner, September 19, 2014
This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper, September 12, 2014
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viors, October 10, 2014
Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part-1 by Suzanne Collins, November 21, 2014
The Hobbit- There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien, December 17. 2014
Fallen by Lauren Kate, just moved to early 2015
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, directed by Tim Burton, July 15, 2015
It's not just young adult books taking over the theater. Adults can get into the reading action as well with the following:
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, February 14, 2014
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby, March 21, 2014
Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippman, April 2014
Trash by Andy Mulligan, May 1, 2014
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, September 1, 2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, October 3, 2014
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, October 17, 2014
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, December 25, 2014
Wild by Cheryl Strayed, 2014
Serena by Ron Rash, 2014
A Book of Common Prayer by Joan Didion, 2014
Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt, 2014
Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord, 2014
Here There Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, 2014
Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson, 2014