Tuesday 3 September 2013

Most Anticipated: Pages to Movie Screens

The adaptions from novels to movies have rapidly increased and with the latest release of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones, I've come up with a list of the most anticipated books gone movie releases.

In no particular order, because really who has the time:

1. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

Can we please take a long moment to really let this seep in. The Book Thief will actually be made into a movie! Eeek! I really cannot contain my excitement. The plot is based a Liesel moving in with a foster family during the Nazi period, and how the time affects her own childhood. What is absolutely fascinating is that the entire story is narrated by Death and if rumours are true, the movie will stay true to this. The film is set to be released in December this year, starring Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse.

2. The Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

Katniss Everden returns in the second movie to the trilogy The Hunger Games, with actress Jennifer Lawrence and actor Josh Hutcherson reprising their roles. Katniss and Peter's actions at the end of the game creates an unintended rebellion against the Capitol, which leaves their lives in danger. I sincerely hope that this time the movie fairs better than last time. I wasn't particularly fond of the first movie but will anticipate Catching Fire because of how good the series really is. The movie is set for November, this year.

3. Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead)

This is my love for fantasy novels coming out now and nothing could make me happier then actually having a great series about vampires being made into a movie. Let me tell you now, it is quite different to Twilight (thank gosh) so remove any prior thoughts about vampires because you are about to be proved wrong. Rose and her best friend Lissa belong to a world made up by three different types of vampires: Moroi - the royal; Dhampirs - half human half vampire, bad ass fighters and Strigoi - the ones who kill for blood. Get ready for some seriously sexy characters and (hopefully) great action scenes - February, 2014.

4. The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

Perhaps the most anticipated young adult novel turned movie, the casts for The Fault in Our Stars have been finalised and should be released in 2014. Upcoming actress Shailene Woodley will play Hazel Grace, a girl suffering from a terminal illness. At a Cancer Kid Support Group she meets Augustus Waters and then her world is completely rainbows and butterflies. It might sound cheesy but it is actually beautiful and I cannot wait to see the magic between Hazel and Augustus on screen.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)

Although not a lot has been revealed around this movie, it apparently has been confirmed that Selena Gomez will be playing Hannah Baker. The story is about a boy, Clay Jensen, who receives a box of tapes that have been recorded by Hannah before she commits her suicide. It lists the 13 reasons why she kills herself. I, for one, will be so excited to see how they film this if it is to be produced. I'm not sure about Selena playing Hannah but as of now, I'm going to put this under the rumours category.

6. Uglies (Scott Westerfield)

Again, I am unsure of the production of this but there has been some sort of confirmation after postponing it in 2011. This has got to be one of the best dystopian series I have read and I'm glad that something from my childhood will be exposed for the younger generation to see. Essentially, once young children reach the adult age they are transformed into "pretties" and moved into a new world to live. There, the "pretties" party day and night and live the life. Tally, the protagonist, is about to reach that moment when she befriends Shay and realises that there is more to the world than looks. It's time to show all those other dystopian novels what a good plot is really about *clicks fingers*.

c2ebc-84424577. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

Whilst I didn't enjoy the novel I actually have to say, I'd think it'd work better as a movie. The novel dragged things out too much, which bored me a little but compacted into movie form could work well. It's a thriller about married couple Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy disappears on the day of their anniversary and Nick becomes number one suspect. Police get involved and basically everything escalates quickly. Then massive plot twist. And bam! It's a great concept, just hope that the movie executes it better than the actual novel itself. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, it'll be a long wait with the release sometime in 2015.

Rumoured: The following movies are those that I am uncertain about but have been listed on IMDB and I definitely would love to see being produced.


8. Wicked Lovely (Melissa Marr)

The world of faeries and humans collide in this fantasy novel as Keelin, the Summer King is determined to find his Queen before summer perishes. Enter Aislinn who can and has always been able to see faeries even though she pretends not to by fulling her three rules: don't stare, don't speak and don't attract faeries. She finds herself drawn into the world she never wanted to know and her life begins to change. Aside from the gorgeous names, I would love to see how the faeries will be portrayed, especially their costumes.

Forgotten - Cat Patrick
9. Forgotten (Cat Patrick)

London Lane can never remember past but can see her future self. Her memory is wiped every night and she will wake up in the morning and read what she must do that day and notes she has to remember from previous days. She then meets Luke Henry and her unique mind becomes a complication. It's definitely big on the romance but I found the story touching and interesting enough to keep coming back to.

Tell me what other book adaptions you can't wait for!