Posted on 19 November 2014.
2014 seems to have been the year for hit books to be converted to the big screen and released as hot new releases in theaters! There are over 36 movies that have been or will be in theaters this year that are based on popular books such as Mockingjay, If I Stay, The Best of Me, Maze Runner, The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent, The Giver, The Hobbit, and so many more. A complete list can be found on this site: http://www.popsugar.com/entertainment/2014-Movies-Based-Books-30889382#photo-31863468
Here are some of the most popular books that have been or soon will be coming to a theater near you!
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book is about a 17-year-old girl that is involved in a traumatic accident and can’t remember what happened. She has to piece together what happened and slowly put the parts together to figure out what she has left, what she lost, and what she must do now. In the film adaptation of this book, released August 22, rising star Chloe Moretz plays the protagonist, Mia. The DVD released November 18.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
When Thomas wakes up on the floor of an elevator with many children peering down at him from above, all he can remember is his name. He is thrown into a world where the only way out is to escape through a maze full of unknowns and monsters, the gates of which close every night. Will he be able to break out? To find out, go see the Maze Runner, released September 19th in theaters, with the teen heartthrob Dylan O’Brien playing the handsome hero Thomas. The DVD comes out December 19.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
In the third and last book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss takes a final stand against the corrupt and overpowering Capitol, fighting for her own and people’s freedoms from within District 13. See the first part of two of this third installment in the saga in theaters November 21st. Stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hucherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their headlining roles once again.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Tris lives in a world where society is divided into 5 factions based on core values, and at age 16 you are allocated to one of them with no personal say in the decision other than a subjective test. When Tris finds out that she is “divergent” or could fall into more than one faction, she chooses Dauntless, the brave ones. When she realizes the enemy is trying to brainwash people and control the government, it is up to Tris, the divergent, to save the day. The film adaptation of this novel premiered March 21st, staring Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
When Hazel, a teenage cancer patient joins a new youth support group, she meets Augustus Waters, who she quickly falls for. Augustus is also fighting the battle with cancer, and the heartwarmingly romantic but heartbreakingly tragic story follows their relationship and struggles with the disease, as one of them falls deathly ill. This hit movie came out June 6th in theaters with Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters. The DVD is out now.
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
The story of The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga, as it follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins and all of his mystical adventures through Middle Earth. The long-awaited third installment of the film adaptation of the book is set for release on December 17th, 2014, with Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, and Martin Freeman reprising their main roles, as in the first two installments (which are out on DVD).
Hopefully you will have some time this year to check out one or more of these awesome movie adaptations of popular books! 2014 is clearly the year of big books to hit the big screen, and we hope that you get a chance to experience them for yourself!
By McKenna B. ’16
Librarian’s note: Come into the library now to view McKenna’s display of books to movies! All of the books mentioned in this article are in the library’s collection, too.