Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Books to Movies 2014

Since reading the book Gone Girl in February for my book club, I've been waiting to see the film based on this novel as it comes out this weekend.  I've seen the trailers online for the last few months and on TV a day or so ago.  Hearing about the movie made me want to read the book even more (I'd bought a used copy of the book in December last year).  I loved the book even more than I expected and got even more excited for the movie.  The trailer is here.

This won't be the only book-to-movie adaptation I read and then watched this year. It's nothing new to see such adaptations as most people know, but this year there were a lot of them.  More than I can recall in any other years.  I was alerted to this through this Buzzfeed article in January. This got me into reading several of the books being adapted to film. And since one of the reading challenges I joined as a "Book to Movie" one, this gave me lots of options.  

Of all the books-to movies listed in the article, I read and watched the following this year:

Heaven is for Real (That one wasn't mentioned in the Buzzfeed article, but someone mentioned it in a comment)
The Fault in Our Stars
The Hundred-Foot Journey
The Giver
This is Where I Leave You
The Maze Runner

I also watched Vampire Academy and If I Stay, the books of which I read prior to this year. And I read Wild as well and will try to catch that movie in December. And I may try to read some of the other books mentioned and watch the DVD later.

Many of you will argue that the book is better, and most of the time I agree.  Some of my book group members argued that the film based on This is Where I Leave You was actually better than the book.  I've been guilty in the past of seeing a film without reading the book, but in some cases I was not aware of that the movie was based on a book.  I barely read the book The Devil Wears Prada earlier this year, having seen the movie when It was released in 2006 (and I have the DVD).  

Now I wonder what the next big book-to-movie will be.   I've read a great number of books that I can see becoming films.  Will have to wait and see  what will be.  

The Hundred-Foot Journey

This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel

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