Ten Must See Book-to-Movie Adaptations in 2014
I am always curious to see book-to-movie adaptations. So many have been disappointments but there have been a few gems here and there so I have never really given up on viewing them even though nine times out of ten I prefer the book – but there is always the exception to the rule.
I have read the whole series and it is one of my all-time favourites. It is not out in the UK as yet but myself and one of my friends (who I introduced the series to a few years ago and has become even more hooked than I am!) plan to go and see it (then absolutely dissect it to pieces afterwards!). Reviews so far haven’t been too great but I am hoping I still enjoy it as it would be a disappointment to never get to see Adrian Ivashkov on the big screen (he isn’t introduced until the second book Frostbite).
I haven’t read this series yet (it’s on my to-do list!) but I have heard a lot of good things about the books and I love dystopian settings. The trailer for the movie looks really good as well. Shailene Woodley seems to be the go-to girl for YA book-to-movie adaptations this year.
This movie looks like a real tearjerker (starring Shailene Woodley again!) and the book has so many positive reviews that I just had to buy it! I have not read it as yet but it is in my TBR pile and I hope to get to it before the movie comes out. If it lives up to the hype I expect I will be a sobbing mess by the time I get to the end.
This is another series of books I need to get round to ASAP. Honestly I call myself a reader! This series looks interesting (another dystopian – yay!). The books get somewhat mixed reviews but the film has a very promising cast: Dylan O’Brien (of Teen Wolf fame) , Kaya Scodelario (Skins), and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). I have enjoyed all these actors in other projects so I am hoping that this film will be good.
This came out in the USA in 2013 but the UK release date isn’t until 26th February so I am totally counting it as a 2014 release! I have the book and I intend to read it soon. I may not get the chance before the film is out but ideally I would prefer to read it first. This looks like a really heart-breaking story and I love historical dramas so it is definitely right up my street. I am preparing myself mentally for this one.
Another book I am desperate to read and film I really want to see! I think this has the potential to be a really amazing thriller so I am looking forward to seeing the film in the Autumn when it is released. It also has a pretty nifty cast (I really like Nicholas Hoult!).
The Hobbit: There and Back Again is the third part in Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy. Although I might disagree with splitting the material over three films, I am still excited to see the final part – being a complete Tolkien nerd! I also really enjoy the cast. Martin Freeman is perfect as Bilbo and Richard Armitage is a dashing Thorin (though not at all what I pictured from reading the book!). The first suffered a little from being a little over-long but I thought the second film really picked up the pace. Hopefully There and Back Again will be a fitting conclusion to the series.
The movie (starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper) looks really interesting. It has also inspired me to seek out the book which I actually hadn’t heard of prior to hearing about the film. I like Jennifer Lawrence a lot so it will be interesting to see her take on the role of Serena. She has really good chemistry with Bradley Cooper so I am hoping that it will work for this film.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Well, the first part is out this year anyway. I love this series. I have read all the books and seen the first film umpteen times. I have also seen Catching Fire twice (and cannot wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again!). Mockingjay was actually my favourite book (I am strange that way!) so I am really looking forward to this. I think it might be the film I am most looking forward to seeing this year.
Anothe dystopian the book the film is based on is considered a YA classic. To my shame, I have never read it (though I intend to rectify this oversight soon!). It looks really interesting and has a fantastic cast, Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, and is directed by David Yates. I am looking forward to both seeing the film and reading the book.
I am really looking forward to these 2014 movie releases (and the books if I haven’t already read them!). I intend to write reviews for the books but I also hope to do a comparison piece for each film listed above detailing differences between the book to film, what I felt worked, what I felt didn’t work etc.
What book-to-movie adaptations are you looking forward to this year?