With the beginning of the year, Novel Reaction is excited to resume the Books-to-Movie Challenge. For January we are going to be reading and watching I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. The novel was originally released in August 2010 and is the first book in the Lorian Legacies series. The reading order is, I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, and The Rise of Nine (scheduled to be released in August 2012). You can read an excerpt here.
The publisher’s website describes I Am Number Four as follows:
Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.
Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.
But they know.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.
I am Number Four.
I am next.
The film was released in theaters February 2011 and stars Alex Pettyfer as John Smith (he also starred in Beastly, one of my new favorite movies) and Timothy Olyphant (who was fabulous in Live Free or Die Hard). I have posted both the book trailer and the movie trailer for you viewing pleasure.
I have to admit I feel a little behind the times since I haven’t read the novel nor read the book but I am excited to do both. Some things to keep in mind while reading:
-I have already heard that the endings of the two are very different, which do you like better?
-What do you think about the actors/actresses they got to play the characters?
I am excited to be starting up the challenges again, so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn and let the fun begin!