The movies “Radio,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” and “The Shining” all have one thing in common—they each started out as a book. Books, especially popular ones, are often made into movies. Given that a book is a form of a script, this adaptation makes the work of movie producers much easier. Additionally, a book that is a huge success, such as the Harry Potter or Twilight series, already has a fan base that will practically guarantee a film’s success. If you are a big fan of movies that are from books, program your DVR to record them and watch them at your leisure. The most advanced DVR on the market today is the DirecTV Genie, which you can pick up using SaveOnTVDirect.com and at the same time get three free months of Starz and HBO. In 2013 and 2014 there are several bestselling novels that are coming to the silver screen.
If you were a fan of The Shining and It, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that the author of these books made into movies, Stephen King, has a son who is writing suspenseful tales. Joe Hill clearly inherited some writing talent from his novel genius father and writer mother. Hill’s Gothic book, titled Horns, is about a guy named Ig Perrish who wakes to find horns growing out of his head. The film adaptation hits theaters October 11, 2013. The man with the horns is played by the hero of Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe.
Ender’s Game (2013)
Sci-fi fans rejoice as Orson Scott Card’s classic science fiction story, Ender’s Game, is out in theaters on November 1, 2013. Starring Asa Butterfield, of Hugo fame, which by the way is also a movie based on the book, this movie involves space aliens. Sir Ben Kingsley and Harrison Ford also star in this spacey cast. The book is a quick, young adult read, so chances are if you can find it at your library or bookstore, you can read it in a few days before you experience the story in theaters.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
One of the most anticipated movies of the year follows up the blockbuster first film in The Hunger Games trilogy. Written by Suzanne Collins, this young-adult dystopian film takes audiences back to the post-apocalyptic world where Katniss Everdeen is fighting for much more than her life. Audiences can anticipate lots of death and destruction in this movie, which will hopefully be followed up by a third and final film to go along with the last book in the series. Set your calender for the release date of November 22, 2013 for this film.
The Maze Runner (2014)
Be prepared to go into the future with The Maze Runner. Based on the young adult book by the same name written by James Dashner, this film features Thomas, portrayed by Dylan O’Brien, who wakes up to find himself without memories. Worst of all, he’s also trapped inside an enormous maze. As the name suggests, Thomas takes off running to try and escape the walls that have him held hostage. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this movie is set to release on February 14, 2014.
This film is based on the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, which includes Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant. Audiences who loved The Hunger Games may find similarities in the dystopian, strong female lead of Divergent. However, that is where the similarities end. Expect to find a love story and thrill seeking tale mixed into this action packed, high speed film. Each of the books are now out on the market, and the film will hit theaters on March 1, 2014 and features Kate Winslet, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Miles Teller.