It makes sense for books to be turned into movies, since many of them already have a loyal following. So here’s a list of the released and to-be-released movies of 2013, and a question: what is your most favourite book to movie adaptation…and what is your least favourite?
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Based on the ever-popular Hansel and Gretel fairytale (which I classify as young adult), this new take on the story gives the brother and sister the role of Witch Hunters. Heavy on the gore and with no discernible plot, I wouldn’t recommend this one.
If my sister’s fangirling is anything to go by, this is one great book. Lena Duchannes is a girl with a curse, and Ethan Wate is obsessed by her, a girl he’s never met. In a small town that never sees any surprises, this one might just destroy them.
The Great and Wonderful Oz
This prequel is based on the classic Wizard of Oz stories. Although it’s more MG than YA, I thought I would include it anyway. The prequel follows the story of Oscar, nicknamed “Oz,” who is a street magician that finds himself in a hot air balloon…in the middle of a cyclone. The cyclone takes him to Oz, where he finds out that he is the prophesied wizard, come to save the land from the Wicked Witches. Though not overly imaginative with plot, it’s a fun movie, and features some of the book characters that the original movie didn’t take advantage of.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Status: coming to cinemas August 23rd
I’ve read the first four of these books, and I do quite like them. It will be interesting to see what the movie’s like, given that Cassandra Clare already has such a loyal fan base. Here’s what it’s about: after Clary witnesses a murder in a New York club, she encounters the Shadowhunters, a group of people dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Despite the fact that Jace, a Shadowhunter, is one hell of a jerky angel, she finds herself intrigued by him. But the demons are interested in her and her mother – time’s running out. What do they want?
Status: coming to cinemas November 1st
This bestselling science fiction novel has been a long time coming to the big screen, but it’s finally here. In the near future, humans begin to explore outside Earth, encountering an alien race called the Formics. After wars between the two groups, the Battle School was created to train the brightest children across the galaxy – and this is where Ender comes in. Ender’s Game follows his adventures.
Status: Coming to cinemas November 1st
I haven’t heard much about this book. But nevertheless, here’s a bit about it: R is a young zombie. When he consumes a young boy’s brain, he’s surprised to find himself liking the victim’s girlfriend. He chooses to protect this girl Julie, the only spot of colour in his grey life, and the choice will have consequences far beyond what he believes.
How I Live Now
Status: coming to cinemas 2013
I haven’t heard much about this book either, but it’s supposed to be good, and a promising premise for a movie. Daisy is sent to England from Manhattan, to live with her cousins and aunt in the middle of the war. Despite the bombings, Daisy has fun in this world of no adults, bonding with her cousins in rare circumstances.