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Upcoming Movies Based on Books 2015
The Books Behind Hollywood's Hottest Upcoming Movies
On average, Hollywood releases more than three dozen movies based on books each year. With creative plot lines and compelling characters, novels, graphic novels, short stories and poems provide filmmakers with fresh ideas.
Futuristic dystopias, tragic love stories and non-fiction dominate the 2014 list of film adaptations, which includes Veronica Roth's Divergent, John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Robert M. Edsel's The Monuments Men. Sequels based on books -- like Part 1 of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular Mockingjay and the final installment of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy -- are also poised to break box office records this year.
Top 3 Books Into Movies of 2014
Gone Girl is the third novel from author Gillian Flynn and to call it thrilling would be a massive understatement. The story digs deep into the psychology behind long-term relationships as it explores a wife's mysterious disappearance. Fingers crossed that Ben Affleck's performance as a husband suspected of murder follows more in the footsteps of Argo than Gigli.
Now that I've watched it, I can officially say that Divergent is a phenomenal YA novel adaptation. Shailene Woodley perfectly captures Tris' vulnerability and strength. For those of you who haven't read the novel, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society has been divided into five factions, all of which focus on a particular value such as honesty, intelligence or bravery.
The Giver is a throwback to pretty much every person's middle school years. For those who need a refresher, The Giver is about a 12-year-old boy who is chosen to inherit the human experiences -- such as pain and love -- that his society has given up in exchange for widespread harmony. With a cast that includes Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, there's a solid chance this film will live up to its namesake.
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Which 2014 book adaptation are you most looking forward to?
Books vs. Movies: The Ultimate Debate
Whether you read the book because you loved the movie or saw the movie because you loved the book, everyone tends to prefer one form of storytelling over the other. So here's the BIG question:
When It Comes to Your Favorite Stories, Which is Usually Better: The Book or the Movie?
Based On: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Following the death of her mother and the end of her marriage, a twenty-something woman decides to hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Gaby Hoffmann, Charles Baker
Release Date: 5 December 2014
Based On: A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
A charming little bear from Peru travels to London on the adventure -- and sometimes misadventure -- of a lifetime.
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent
Release Date: 12 December 2014
Based On: Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon
A 1960s Los Angeles detective investigates the disappearance of a former flame.
Starring: Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin
Release Date: 12 December 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
Based On: The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
The final installment of director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings prequel trilogy, starring Bilbo Baggins and a rough-and-tumble team of dwarves.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom
Release Date: 17 December 2014
Based On: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Angelina Jolie-directed story of an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by the Japanese during World War II.
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jai Courtney, Domhnall Gleeson
Release Date: 25 December 2014
Based On: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
A girl befriends an alien whose species invaded Earth to hide from their own enemies -- aliens who are now planning to take over the planet.
Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, and Steve Martin
Release Date: 27 March 2015
Based On: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Twenty-five years after the murder of her mother and sister, a woman investigates the massacre -- and the accusation she made against her own brother -- with the help of amateur crime enthusiasts.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Charlize Theron
Release Date: 2015