2013 Book-to-Film Adaptations

You are a book before the movie kind of person.  I can tell.  You like to cozy up with the book first:  get a sense of who the characters are, see the world through their eyes; and then go and see the film later – and notice all the little details that didn’t make it onto the screen. 

Well, just for you, here are some movies being released this year that are adaptations of books.  I’d read the book now, if I were you:

 World War ZWorld War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, by Max Brooks

There’s a sense of immediacy to this fictional account of the zombie apocalypse that I hope is captured on film.  Survivors give their first-hand account of life in a newly-decimated world.

Mortal Instruments

The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

At the risk of sounding like a raving fangirl, I love love love this series.  More than The Hunger Games.  More than Twilight.  More than I should (given that I’m in my late 30s and this series was written for teens).  Fifteen-year old Clary Fray uncovers the hidden supernatural side to New York City where a race of demon-killing warriors reigns supreme.

GatsbyThe Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It’s the 1920s, you’re fabulously wealthy and there are too many extravagant parties for you to possibly attend them all.  Welcome to Jay Gatsby’s world.

Safe HavenSafe Haven, by Nicholas Sparks

For those of us who think that romance begins and ends with Noah and Allie from The Notebook, there is Safe Haven.  Katie is a woman with a dark past who moves to a small town in North Carolina determined not to form any ties.  I wonder how that works out for her?

–Patricia

Images of Brad Pitt courtesy of http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/11/world-war-z-trailer; Image of Mortal Instruments courtesy of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1538403/; Image of Great Gatsby courtesy of http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/blink-ll-miss-green-easter-egg-great-gatsby-183050379.html; Image of Safe Haven courtesy of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1702439/;

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