Nothing will beat the experience of reading. The tasty words, rollercoaster plots, lovable characters, quotable quotes, traumatic emotions, and vivid descriptions are most of the things that make this leisure pursuit as pleasurable as it can be. No wonder I spend a minimum of two hours a day with books. It is also not surprising to meet a lot of people who share the same feeling towards the world’s most perfect hobby.
But Man is not contented to end it just that. Films are created and soon enough, we are overwhelmed to see a lot of our read stories being shown in the big screen. It piques our curiosity and we’ll find ourselves seating in theatres to check if our own imagined characters and sceneries will be captured visually by the filmmakers. More often than not, we will go home with a disappointed (and sometimes angry) look on our faces as the films did not do justice to the novels.
I know how it feels. To be frustrated and annoyed that your most loved books were murdered in the silver screen. To get unsatisfied with the techniques of swaying non-readers by awing them with tons of CGI and other visual effects. However, what we readers can’t tolerate is the inconsistency of the movie to the story in the book. The wrong characters and their appearances, edited lines, and cut scenes! Argh!
But why are they still making a lot of adaptations? Let’s admit. No matter how much frustrated and disappointed we got with the past movie we watched, we still hope that the next ones will get better. Well, I am hoping so.
So as of March 2013, here are some of the movie adaptations that I am excited to watch.
1. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins [November 22, 2013]
I finished reading the trilogy in less than a week. Yes, that’s how interesting and fast-paced the books were. Hunger Games Book 1 is a 3-star movie for me, but I am hoping that the Quarter Quell will be put to justice in the next movie installment.
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [May 10, 2013]
Now who wouldn’t want to watch this classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald? The book is one of my top favorites and I am very excited to watch the film. It stars Leonado DiCarpio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan among others. What also added to my anticipation is the fact that Baz Luhrmann directed this movie! I love his movie, Romeo + Juliet, which also starred Leo. Funny.
3. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments 1) by Cassandra Clare [August 23, 2013]
I remembered reading this first book way back in university. The first book was so addicting that I hurried to get copies of the succeeding novels. I am now waiting for the copy of Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices 3) which is the last of the prequels for the Mortal Instruments series.
4. Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan [August 16, 2013]
Riordan is the reason I became fascinated with mythology again. I read Lightning Thief when I was sophomore in university and from then, I followed Percy’s journey being a demigod. The series is still ongoing with the Heroes of Olympus saga and I am waiting for The House of Hades which will be released later this year. I admit that the first book adaptation, Lightning Thief, was really unsatisfactory. I am hoping that they will make it more consistent this time though.
5. World War Z by Max Brooks [June 21 2013]
I haven’t read this book, but have watched the theatrical trailer already. The Zombie war looks interesting and I would like to have something serious after enjoying the romantic-comedy Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1) by Isaac Marion.
6. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card [November 1, 2013]
This is another book which I haven’t read, but will definitely get into it soon. I have read a lot of positive reviews for this novel and hopefully, I will get a copy of the book before the movie starts. Is stars Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield among others.
7. Carrie by Stephen King [October 18, 2013]
I want to watch another Stephen King movie! My closest friends know I love watching horror, gore, and morbid stories haha. This is a remake which will follow the plot more closely, which is a relief. It stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
I think those are the most interesting book to film adaptations that I am aware of as of the moment. Some of the movies I am still waiting for won’t be released until 2014 and 2015. Some of them are included in the poll below.
What film adaptation are you most looking forward to watch for this year? Would you like to recommend other adaptations I am not currently aware of? I’d like to hear from you!
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