Anticipated Movie Adaptations from Beloved Books

The movie industry is lazy, unimaginative and enchanted with mediocrity. This is a general statement of course. Due to this however, big-time movie executives usually turn their attention to popular books. For book nerds like us this can be good or bad as we hold our breaths, pleading that this movie will live up to our expectations or *gasp* exceed them. Below is a list of “new” movies coming out based on your beloved stories. Who knows, they could be good.

200px-Catching_fireCatching Fire

This one is first because this is the one I am excited about. I watch the trailer, holding my breath at the appropriate moments. I loved the first movie and spend some days worrying whether the second will live up to my expectations and those set by the first film. If you have never read Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins then WAIT! Watch the movie first. Even if it is as good as I hope and goes down in history as a cinematic classic, it probably will not live up to the awesomeness that is the book.

The story follows Katniss Everdeen, the tentative hero from book one who is thrusted back into the Hunger Games a year later. Despite what many people are saying this is NOT a love triangle story. This delves into war, rebellion and fear when facing insurmountable odds. This follows a revolution as the suppressed population rise up and fight The Capitol.

enders-game-novel-coverEnder’s Game

This story is based on a book (or books according to your view) by Orson Scott Card. In it the government has started to breed genius children who will be used as soldiers against a hostile alien race. The story follows one child in particular who has exhibited amazing skill, Ender as he prepares for his role in this story. (For any Family Guy fans, this is where the title comes in–get excited. There’s the story title!)

If you are an extreme fan of the story you may have misgivings for the movie. This is normal. Relax and breath. The movie industry cannot take the images you created in your head while reading away from you. They can poop all over it with their own adaptations, but nothing extreme blogging can’t heal. Harrison Ford is in it, and that can be good or bad depending on how you look at it. He was Han Solo and indiana Jones after all.

as-i-lay-dyingAs I Lay Dying

Let’s throw in one that is not generally talked about, neither science-fiction or young-adult. This story is based on the novel of the same name by William Faulkner and is set to be released in late September 2013. Because it may not have the crazy fandom the other two have, this one may not have the literary type breaking down the door of the theater. However, this is a classic and the same danger applies. Will the book be always better?

The story follows the Bundren family as they travel across Mississippi in order to take their matriarch, a deceased mother, to the place she has always wanted to be buried. This will be an interesting movie, as the story has more than one point of view as it goes from each family member and what he or she is experiencing. James Franco directed and acted in this adaptation, which may excite some and disappoint others.

Pypeline Editing work on books generally and cannot speak for cinematic disappointments. As is the case, many movies will make you incredibly disappointed. They did not stack up. The characters were not accurately displayed by their actor counterparts. Crucial scenes were removed. Or in some cases, some scenes were placed in having never been in the book at all. (The worst of offenses.) I can write about a very disappointing Ella Enchanted movie and the scenes and characters which not only destroyed the story, but in some ways my respect for the author. But that is for another time.

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