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Monday, October 22, 2012

Books to Movies {1}

Some people that I know are very anti books being turned into movies. They believe that authors have come up with "original" ideas and Hollywood needs to stop taking them and come up with something on their own.
There are two problems with this. The first being everything has been done. There really are no more so-called "original ideas".
Secondly, movie makers have been turning to book for ideas for a long long time. In my brief research of the subject I found the first movie was made around 1878. The first book to movie was made around 1896.
I used to be against it. I always felt that Hollywood ruined my idea of how the book actually went and their idea of how it should go. But, nobody reads the same book. I could be talking to my best friend about a book we both just read and we both may have taken different things away from it. So when it comes to favorite books being put on the silver screen I just close my eyes, take a deep breath, and enjoy it for what it is. A movie. My idea of the book is still in my head and will always be how I picture it when I re-read the it.

In the very near future there are some books that I am very excited to be made into movies.

Les Miserables
Les Misérables Poster

The play is one of my favorites, and the cast for the movie is pretty incredible. I get chills every time I watch preview. So I am counting down the days til this one. I'm going to attempt to read the book before the movie...but at almost 1500 pages, it's pretty massive.
Releasing December 25th.

The Hobbit
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Poster

If you've know me for longer than 5 minutes you will know that J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my all time favorite authors and that Lord of the Rings, the books and movies, are my favorites as well.
So I am incredibly excited for The Hobbit movies. I'm not super thrilled that for one book it is going to be three movies, but Peter Jackson is also including content from The Silmarillion and the appendices, which makes it okay for me. The world that Tolkien created is so big and complex that I am glad some more of it will be brought to life. The longer I can be immersed in that world the better.
Releasing December 14th.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies Movie Poster

While the world is decaying and people have started losing touch with their humanity, it's all this nameless zombie wants. His humanity back.
Now that is intriguing.
Still haven't read the book, but I definitely will before the movie.

There are so many book-to-movies coming soon that I am pretty excited about and it would make this post way too long. So I've decided to start this feature that I can talk about ones that are coming and ones that have already been done. Because movie adaptions of books are still pretty bookish things :p
Also, there are some books that I actually would love to see be made in to a movie and I'll talk about some of those, as well.

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