Books turned into movies

By admin
27 February 2014

This year expect to see some of your fave books adapted for the big screen!

Hollywood often looks at bestselling books for inspiration – think the Twilight series, Ender’s Game, The Hunger Games and The Great Gatsby.

While you may think watching the film is better than reading the book (two hours of viewing versus two weeks of reading) book lovers will know why it’s important to read the book before watching the movie. Film adaptations don’t always stay true to the book and often the novel is way better than the film. Here’s a look at some good reads that will be on the big screen this year . . .

The Fault in Our Stars

This love story about two sharp-witted teens is narrated by Hazel, a cancer sufferer, who falls in love with Gus, an ex-basketball player and amputee, after the two meet at a support group. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) stars as the lead. If you’re looking for a brilliant story filled with bursts of laughter, this is a must-read! Just make sure you have tissues handy . . .

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The Giver

This tale follows 12-year-old Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) who lives in a perfect society. When he’s chosen to be his community's Receiver of Memories he must train with an old man called The Giver (Jeff Bridges). From The Giver, Jonas learns about pain, sadness, war, and all the unhappy truths of the “real” world. He quickly realises his community is fake. Confronted with this reality, he faces difficult choices about his own life and future. The movie, which was filmed in Cape Town last year, stars Hollywood heavyweights Meryl Streep and Bridges, and features a cameo by Taylor Swift.

The Giver

How to Train Your Dragon 2

This animated flick picks up five years after the first instalment and has Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless exploring new territories while the rest of their friends are enjoying dragon races. During one of their journeys they discover a secret ice cave, hundreds of wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. Djimon Hounsou, Jonah Hill and Ugly Betty’s America Ferrera also lend their voices to the film.

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If you loved The Hunger Games, chances are you’re going to dig Divergent too. In a futuristic Chicago, people are divided into five factions based on their personalities. Beatrice “Tris” Prior discovers she’s Divergent, meaning she doesn’t fit into any one faction, and soon uncovers a sinister plot brewing in her seemingly perfect society. Shailene Woodley stars as Tris and Zoe Kravitz as her BFF, Christina.


Vampire Academy

If you loved the Twilight and Vampire Diaries books, this one’s for you! It tells the story of Rose Hathaway, a half-vampire/half-human, who’s training to be a bodyguard for her best pal, who happens to be a peaceful vamp. In the process of learning how to defeat evil undead vampires at St Vladimir's Academy, Rose finds herself caught in a forbidden romance with her instructor, Dimitri Belikov. It stars Beautiful Creatures’ Zoey Deutch and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.

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