Let’s go to the Movies…

Guest post by Katy Bowman

Cover of "Life of Pi"

I don’t know about you all, but I usually have at least three books going at one time, if not more. It makes for a pretty frenetic reading schedule, but there are so many books out there I can’t wait to start reading, and so I don’t. However, sometimes I just want to be immersed in the story and be able to experience it from beginning to end in a couple of hours. This is what makes book-to-move adaptations so great.

2012 has already been a fantastic year for books being made into movies and it’s not over yet. I’ve attempted to compile a list of as many as I could find below, along with their projected release dates, but please let us all know in the comments if I’m missing any.

Personally, I’m most looking forward to Cloud Atlas. If you haven’t read the 2004 book by David Mitchell, I highly recommend picking it up. It’s actually six interconnected short stories that span a time period from the mid-1800s to a post-apocalyptic future. It’s not the easiest read in the world, but completely worth it. It’s been my favorite book since I read it when it was first published and I am very interested to see how the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have adapted it. And even if you don’t plan on reading it, check out the extended first look. It’s amazing.

Other upcoming book-to-movie adaptations I am looking forward to are Life of Pi, which I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t read yet; Les Miserables, a film version of the popular musical; Anna Karenina;  The Great Gatsby, which was supposed to be released in December, but now is slated for May of next year; and, of course, the first movie in The Hobbit trilogy.

Which book-to-movie adaptations are you most looking forward to?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower    September 21, 2012
Cloud Atlas    October 26, 2012
Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2    November 16, 2012
Anna Karenina    November 16, 2012 (Limited)
Life of Pi    November 21, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey    December 14, 2012
Jack Reacher    December 21, 2012
Les Miserables    December 25, 2012
The Great Gatsby    May 10, 2013
Great Expectations    No US release date yet

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