Friday’s High Flipper 5 (+1): Books being turned into films in 2014
This week’s top 5 was chosen by Karl.
With Divergent being released in a matter of weeks in the UK (it is already out in the US), I was looking at some of the other movies being released this year, and seeing that quite a lot of the books I had recently been persuaded to read were being made into films I felt that it would make a suitable top 5. I am aware that there are many other books being released as films this year, so comment below if there are any others you feel should be on this list, or just which of these you are most looking forward to.
Top 5(+1) books being turned into films in 2014
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Film released 20th June 2014 (UK)
Starring 16 year old cancer patient Hazel Grace, The Fault in Our Stars follows her as she meets a new friend, Augustus Waters. Hazel fell in love with a book, An Imperial Affliction, about a girl with cancer; after persuading Augustus to read it the two of them end up going to Amsterdam to visit the author, but that journey provided both disappointment and enjoyment in equal measures. Hazel, knowing that she will die soon, originally tries to avoid contact with Augustus on the grounds that she is “a grenade and at some point I’m going to blow up and I would like to minimize the casualties, okay?” This is the movie I am most looking forward to, although it is very very emotional. Ironically the actress who plays Hazel also plays Beatrice (Divergent) and the actor who plays Augustus Waters also plays Beatrice’s sister Caleb (Again from Divergent). And to those of you are familiar with John Green, DFTBA.
2. The Hobbit (There and back again) by JRR Tolkien, Film released 12th December 2014 (UK)
As Smaug has flown off towards Lake Town, the remaining dwarves and Bilbo have a chance to explore Erebor. This final film will hopefully conclude this ‘trilogy’ and resolve the cliff-hangers the second film ends with: Gandalf trapped in Dol-Guldor, Legolas chasing after Bolg and Smaug flying towards Lake Town. With this novel being one of my favourites for a decade now, I can’t wait to see the conclusion to Peter Jackson’s ‘adaptation’ of this amazing adventure.
3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Film released 26th February 2014 (UK)
Set in Nazi Germany the book, narrated by Death himself, is about Liesel Meminger who is being fostered on ‘Himmel Street’. Both she and her foster parents internally disagree with the Nazi party but still ‘go along’ with what happens in order to survive. That is, until Max, a Jew, arrives on their doorstep and asks for help. The book follows Liesel as she learns to read and, eventually, steals books in order to carry on reading. I, personally, can’t wait to see the film and I am intrigued as whether Death will remain the narrator and how they will do that.
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth, Film released 4th April 2014 (UK)
Set in just one city in a ‘dystopian’ world which is surrounded by fences and completely isolated from the outside world. In this city people are separated into factions: Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Candor and Abnegation, and every year 16 year olds are given a choice as to which faction they will be in. The novel starts a few days before the ‘Choosing’ and follows Beatrice Prior, who was born an abnegation, and who, we learn early on, is Divergent. This means that she could fit into multiple factions, which is not a good thing. Beatrice eventually chooses the Dauntless faction and we follow her through the initiation, but there is one issue- not all the initiates will be accepted! Having recently read this, it is now one of my favourite books, but, despite that, I feel that some parts of it may be difficult to portray in film and so I will be going into this with both apprehension and excitement.
5. Mockingjay (part 1) by Suzanne Collins, Film released 21st November 2014 (UK)
The final book in the series (despite being in two parts for the films) follows Katniss as she and the people of District 13 lead the rebellion against the Capitol. For those of you have watched the previous two films, it will finally answer some of the many questions and is a stunning conclusion to the trilogy. An old favourite of mine, I can’t wait to see how the director will portray the events of the destruction and rebirth of Panem.
6. Maze Runner by James Dashner, Film released 24th October 2014 (UK)
You are stuck in a metal box, you have no memories of anything that has happened to you, and you don’t even know what you look like or how old you are. All you have is your name. You are pulled out of the box and are surrounded by a crowd of boys stuck in a glade in the very centre of a maze. They have been stuck here for years and they still haven’t found a way out. That is what has just happened to Thomas. As Thomas tries to fit in with this new group several other events happen, which even the ‘gladers’ class as strange.
Fast paced and exciting all the way through, this is a brilliant book and I hope that the film does it justice.