From Bookshelves to Movie Screens

JonathanHsieh.BookstoMoviesBefore you head out to the movies, take a quick look at your bookshelf. Chances are, you’ve probably read the book for whichever movie you’re planning on watching. This year seems like it will be the year of the books. While both the “Harry Potter” and “Twilight” series have ended their very successful runs in the theaters, other books turned to movies, like “Beautiful Creatures”, quickly followed them. Now, there are many other popular books that will be hitting the big screen in the next couple of weeks.

The Host

Stephanie Meyer has done it again. The author of the successful “Twilight” franchise will soon welcome her other book, “The Host”, to theaters. This story takes place in a distant future where earth has been taken over by aliens― body-snatcher style. Plus, it wouldn’t be a Stephanie Meyer book without a romance that is central to the story. Make sure to check out “The Host” when it hits theaters on March 29.

The Great Gatsby

This classic book (which I’m sure you read in high school) is hitting the big screen this May. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Even if you haven’t read the book, the movie seems to be good enough to check out.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

J. R. Tolkien’s prelude to the already successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy will soon have its second film hit theaters. This film picks up where the first one left off, with Bilbo and his companions finally coming face to face with the Lonely Mountain and the great dragon guarding it, Smaug. For all of you LOTR fans out there, don’t worry. This film is number two of three, so you have another film to look forward to!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Suzanne Collins’ second installment of the “Hunger Games” series will hit theaters this November. Although that seems like a million years away, pictures from the movie are slowly starting to be released and trailers will surely follow. The book’s two protagonists, Katniss and Peeta, will re-enter the arena for a second time to once again fight for their lives.

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