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26 Books that have Been Adapted into Movies Releasing in 2013 [Part Two]

From Stephenie Meyer to Stanislaw Lem, you're bound to find something to read

The Snow Queen

by Hans Christian Andersen

Walt Disney Animation's upcoming new movie Frozen isn't specifically being sold as an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen", but to read the plot for the film it was clearly inspired by it if not adapted. At 92 pages long, why not give it a read either way?

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I would be willing to bet many of you have already read F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby", but with Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation just around the corner why not revisit with Nick, Jay, Daisy, Tom, Myrtle and George for another journey through the Roaring Twenties?

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The Hobbit

by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you haven't read the book yet why not sit down for a few hours and breeze right through. While it may take Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson two-and-a-half years and nine hours to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit", it may only take you an afternoon to read it yourself.

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Horns: A Novel

by Joe Hill

Horns: A NovelJoseph Hillstrom King (aka Joe Hill) is Stephen King's son and his 2010 supernatural thriller "Horns" has been adapted for the screen with Daniel Radcliffe set to play the starring role, Ignatius Perrish.

Here's the book synopsis:

Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect. On the first anniversary of Merrin's murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things. When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover... and horns growing from his temples. Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look--a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. Now it's time for revenge...

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The Host

by Stephenie Meyer

The HostStephenie Meyer is obviously best known for her "Twilight" novels, but with that franchise now at a close another studio has decided to take a stab at adapting her other novel, "The Host", with Saoirse Ronan in the lead role. The synopsis goes like this:

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.

Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.

Meyer will reportedly follow "The Host" up with a sequel titled "The Soul", which does not yet have a release date. The Host hits theaters on March 29.

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How I Live Now

by Meg Rosoff

How I Live NowSpeaking of Saoirse Ronan, she will also star in How I Live Now based on the novel by Meg Rosoff alongside George MacKay, Harley Bird and Natasha Jonas and the young star of The Impossible, Tom Holland under the direction of Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland).

Here's the book synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she's never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it's a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy's uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, Book 2)

by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games: Catching FireThe Hunger Games was a massive hit in early 2012 and you know The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be just as big, if not bigger. I have read all three of the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins and I would say "Catching Fire" is my least favorite with "Mockingjay" being the best. This one was a bit too similar to the first book for my taste, but if you haven't read them they actually are entertaining books.

Here's the book synopsis:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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Jack Ryan

by Tom Clancy

To my knowledge there is no specific book to point you toward to prepare for Jack Ryan. It's my understanding this film, which features Chris Pine in the title role, is a prequel of sorts to Clancy's novels so the link below simply points you to Clancy's page at Amazon where you can sort through the pile to see what piques your interest.

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  • Con

    Liam Neeson is starring in an adaptation of Lawrence Block's, A Walk Among the Tombstones

  • Jake17

    Interesting list. I've only read The Great Gatsby, which is my favorite book, and Catching Fire, a book I was rather disappointed with when I read it. I'll be sure to check out Serena, The Wolf On Wall Street, and Warm Bodies, as all three sound excellent. By the way, Brad, when can we expect your most anticipated of 2013 list?

    • Jake17

      Brad, I also agree that the second half of Catching Fire is far too much like The Hunger Games. It's one of the reasons I didn't care for that book.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I'm most excited about The Wolf of Wall Street.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MrPA/ Mr. P.A.

    SLIGHT SPOILERS FOR JOHN DIES AT THE END

    John Dies At the End is an interesting novel and very different from the movie, which I caught at SIFF this year, excited as could be. As it is one of my favorite books, for reasons I cannot comprehend (In line with 1984, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, As I Lay Dying...), I was greatly disappointed by the movie that turned it into some obscure slapstick mess.

    There isn't a ton of depth to the novel, but it packs in a lot more psychological horror than expected and the movie glosses over that aspect entirely. It was the first story of any kind in maybe ten years that genuinely frightened me. The movie also combines two female leads, Jennifer and Amy, into one undeveloped character who fails to resonate within the film.

    One of the main problems with the film, however, is that there are three separate narrative plots in David Wong's book, and while including all of them might make for a complicated film, or a poorly written one in many people's eyes, the last of the three is definitely climatic and superior to the other two, but the movie only covers the first. The second "Act" is short and doesn't add a ton to the story, except to develop some villains/beings more thoroughly, but the third changes basically everything about the first two. I believe they combined the final climatic elements of the third into the plot of the movie (but May was a long time ago), versus having the true end of the first act, but it still lacks the explanation of creatures and events that the book covers.

    There is a growth in the book from being these two guys who stumble upon "Soy Sauce" to two men who, after years of dealing with these side effects, embrace their roles and fight these beings regularly and willingly. They become the go-to experts in the field, which is why Arnie is interviewing David and why they are able to face the challenges in the end, but they appear to be novices throughout the plot of the film, characters who just stumble into the right answer or are saved by magical guys who know what they are doing and just happen to show up at the right moment. This makes for a poorly written tale about things you just don't care about, with tons of jokes and ridiculous events.

    Now, if you will excuse me, I have to go to work, haha.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Thanks for that Mr. P.A., I may have to check that book out one of these days.

      • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

        It's an incredible book, one of my favorites. I'd vouch for it, but that probably doesn't mean anything... You never reviewed the film, did you?

  • The Moth

    I really liked "World War Z" (the audio book is also very good) but after the trailer it seems as if they were trying to make the film as different as possible to the book.

    A good way would have been an HBO-mini series/"documentary".

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Exxdee/ Geoffrey De Leon

    What about Jason Reitman's adaptation (Juno, Up in the Air) of Joyce Maynard's Labor Day? It starts Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. It seems intriguing to me.

  • Harrison

    I'm disappointed that Winter's Tale was not included in this list. Because the story is so sprawling and derives most of its strength from its prose, the film could very well collapse under first-time director Akiva Goldsman. But it's a great book, and I'm very curious to see how it is adapted.

  • Dale

    "The Great Gatsby" is one of my favorite books and I'm very concerned about the eccentric Baz Luhrman getting his hands on it. I've read that he's using a rock score. Please, God!

    • Jake17

      Even better: Jay-Z is scoring it. Prepare for the utter destruction of a timeless classic.

  • adu

    I am originally from the city of Lahore, and not to be biased or anything but I seriously recommend The Reluctant Fundamentalist. It is a great story indeed and breezy read from what I remember.

  • Joe Shefte

    Action-thriller and New York Times bestseller "Falcon Seven" by James W. Huston is also being adapted by Craig Fronk and Jim Edwards. A great story especially relevant based on our current military engagements.