Five Movie Adapations of Books Fit for All Audiences

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February 18th, 2014

More than ever, movie adaptations of books continue to weigh in as some of the most dominant forces at the box office. The 2014 film release schedule is no different with numerous movies based on recent bestselling books and modern classics slated for release throughout the year. For fans of the books, and those who have never encountered the books before, these films are highly anticipated movie theater prospects.



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"The Fault in Our Stars"

With a release date of June 6, 2014, fans of the 2012 novel by John Green are sure to delight in the adaptation of one of their favorite young adult romances. Generating interest in both dedicated fans of the book and moviegoers, the trailer reached over 3 million views within 24 hours. Those who have not read the books will not have difficulty following the simple yet heartrending story of Hazel Grace, played by Shailene Woodley, who falls in love with a fellow cancer patient, Augustus Water, played by Ansel Elgort.


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"The Giver"

Set to hit the box office on Aug. 14, 2014, the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry's dystopian novel from 1993 is a long-awaited treat for enduring fans. The book tells the story of 12-year-old Jonas, who is selected to become the "Receiver of Memory" following an apprenticeship from the title character. Lowry's novel won the Newbery Medal in 1994. Those who do not read the book before seeing the movie may have trouble getting fully immersed in the world of "The Giver." The movie leaves out explicit explanations or revelations concerning the dystopian society's darkest aspects, such as widespread euthanasia and enforced birth control. However, the movie should still serve as an entertaining and enthralling look at a possible future for any moviegoer.



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"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I"

Set for release on Nov. 21, 2014, the next installment in the hit series by Suzanne Collins is the first part of the last book in the trilogy of novels. Following the success of "The Hunger Games" and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," this film of the series continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. It elaborates on her struggle against a tyrannical and corrupt future society. Fans of the series and the many millions of people who watched the previous installments of the series are sure to have no issue watching the first part of the last two-part installment of "The Hunger Games."



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"Gone Girl"

With a scheduled release date of Oct. 3, 2014, "Gone Girl" is a movie adaptation of a novel by Gillian Flynn of the same name. The movie stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as Amy Elliot Dunne. The story is a suspenseful thriller that preys on the uncertainty surrounding the Dunne family and the prospect of murder. Reviewers of the book often state that it blurs the line between literary fiction and the mystery genre. However, moviegoers who are not familiar with the novel should not be discouraged from seeing the movie. The author of the book, Flynn, also wrote the screenplay for the film. She stated that the movie deviates significantly from the novel, especially in its methods. Accordingly, it is intended to stand on its own. The movie does not require any familiarity with the source material.



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Veronica Roth's debut novel is a science fiction thriller set in a near future Chicago. In Roth's dystopian vision, society is divided into five factions, Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. Each faction represents a dominant personality trait. Children decide which faction to join when they are 16 years old. "Divergent" follows the story of Beatrice Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, who unusually fits in with three of the factions. This is what makes her divergent. Evan Daugherty, one of the writers responsible for the screenplay of the movie, stated that the movie has an enormous task presenting such a rich and developed world through the medium of film. However, Veronica Roth, after reading the movie's script, indicated how impressed she was that the movie captures the general plotline of the book. Accordingly, those who are new to Roth's alternate world should not have any difficulty watching the movie. It is set to hit the big screen on March 21, 2014.

Book adaptations are increasingly a large part of the movie industry. Although they capitalize on the presence of previously established markets with ready-made material, they do not fail to entertain new audiences. By successfully converting novels into movies, the industry creates a broader market for stories that are already proven successful.