Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday Thirteen 321: Book to Screen

Some of you may remember a similar post I did last August. It should come as no surprise that there are plenty more books coming soon to a theater near you. Here are thirteen books on film. As I originally intended to post this a few weeks ago, a few are already out. As always, click on any link to find out more about a particular book or movie.

1. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Trailer; Movie release date: Jan. 31
Cast: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Trailer; Movie release date: Feb. 7
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Sarah Hyland

3. Endless Love by Scott Spencer
Trailer; Movie release date: February 14, 2014
Cast: Gabriella Wilde, Alex Pettyfer, Bruce Greenwood

4. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Trailer; Movie release date: Feb. 14
Cast: Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Trailer; Movie release date: March 21
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet

6. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
Trailer; Movie release date (Europe): March 21
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill

7. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
Trailer; Movie release date: April 16
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum

8. Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (Based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum)
Trailer; Animated; Movie release date: May 9
Cast: Dan Ackroyd, Hugh Dancy, Patrick Stewart, Lea Michele, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Bernadette Peters, Martin Short

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Trailer; Movie release date: June 6
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Willem DaFoe,

10. Edge of Tomorrow, Based on the book, All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Trailer; Movie release date: June 6
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

11. How to Train Your Dragon 2, Based on the book by Cressida Cowell
Trailer; Animated; Movie release date: June 13
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett

12. The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
No Trailer; Movie release date: Aug. 8
Cast: Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Rohan Chand

13. The Giver by Lois Lowry
No trailer; Movie release date: Aug. 15
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Swift

So far the only book I've read is The Giver, which I loved and highly recommend. Not sure how I feel about the movie. Have you read any of these? Which would you be most likely to read, see, or recommend?

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Shelley Munro said...

I really enjoyed the first book in the Divergence series. I hope the movie lives up to the book.

Heather said...

Shelley: I've been interested in reading that one, though I keep hearing the first book is good, the other two not so much. Will be interesting to see how the movie does. I hope they did a better job with it than was done with Beautiful Creatures or City of Bones.

Mary Hill said...

I agree. I loved Beautiful Creatures but did not like the movie. I am going to see Divergent. I have read the book. I also am planning to readn and The Stars book. Can't remember the exact title. Anyway, I also recommend The Giver. It was a great book. Thanks for sharing this info. I love learning about books about to me made into movies.

Colleen@Looseleafnotes said...

I can't wait to see Divergent and The Giver sounds good too with a great cast.

Paige Tyler said...

I haven't seen or read any of those, except The Giver. Read that in college!


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Jennifer Leeland said...

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!! I don't think I could ever read it again. It's sad.
But the movie looks AWESOME!!

Heather said...

Mary: I think people were more likely to like Beautiful Creatures if they hadn't read the book first. About the only thing I liked about the movie was Viola Davis as Amma and Jeremy Irons as Uncle Macon. I would like to read and see Divergent.

Heather said...

Colleen: A lot of these have great casts, even the few whose books or movies didn't really interest me.

Heather said...

Paige: Wasn't The Giver a good book? I'll have to keep an eye out for the trailer.

Heather said...

Jennifer: The movie does look good, but I don't know if I could handle the book.

Alice Audrey said...

I haven't read any of the books or seen any of the movies, but I recognize some of the titles from Teaser Tuesday

Kimberly Menozzi said...

I LOVED A Long Way Down - I have to re-read it before watching the movie though.

Heather said...

Alice: For some reason I thought you had read The Giver. And yes, a lot of these have been mentioned on various Teaser Tuesday posts (only one by me, though).

Heather said...

Kimberly: The movie looks really good. I might have to search out the book as well.

CountryDew said...

I've not read any of these. The Give with Meryl Streep looks interesting, but then I really like her work.

Heather said...

Anita: The Giver is really good, and easy to read in one day. Should be interesting to see how the movie compares.

Anonymous said...

I added a couple of these on Gooodreads. Winter's Tale is one of them, and I can't wait to see the movie. This is a great list.

Hazel Ceej said...

Endless Love. David did not set a "perfectly safe" fire in the movie. Nice 13. I tried the trailers but they're all Error 404 or something?

Heather said...

Hazel: ARGH! Blogger messed with me again (and you all know I'm thinking of a stronger word than "messed"). They did that to me last week, too. This week I was looking for it, and thought I had caught them all, but missed some, or it happened after I posted.

What happened is that stupid blogger inserted a link to their own site inside the html for the movie trailers. Links are all fixed now and better stay that way.

Heather said...

MJ: Winter's Tale is a book/movie that has intrigued me since seeing the movie trailer during the Olympics. It looks good!

Alice Audrey said...

I'm not recognizing it by title, but there are a lot of books I've read but don't remember the title of.

Heather said...

Alice: I hear that! It's why I keep a book list.