Buzzfeed recently had a great post about 21 books-to-movies coming out in 2015. There are many I am excited to see (Seventh Son and The Jungle Book) there are some I definitely won’t be seeing (that’s right, I’m looking at you Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride, if I wanted a main character I like to die then I would just read The Game of Thrones series). And there are several I am intrigued by and may or may not see (Moby Dick never seemed as exciting when I suffered through it in college as In the Heart of the Sea).
Are there any movies coming out this year that you are super excited for? Besides the obvious Hunger Games and Divergent?!
The Books-to-Movie challenge for April is The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I realize it has been awhile since we have done a books-to-movie challenge and thought that The Host is a perfect way to start off with the challenges again. I have been very vocal about my dislike of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers but I devoured The Host the first time I read it, I think it shows that Meyers really can write. Originally released in 2008, The Host is a science-fiction novel set place in the present day Earth where we have been peacefully taken over by an alien race. The aliens are implanted into our bodies, eventually taking over our bodies and our consciousness disappears. But there are those humans who are still free and The Host is about one such individual, a rebel by the name of Melanie who is eventually caught by the aliens but the “soul” is implanted into her body she doesn’t shut down, leaving her body with to individuals in charge and aware of their circumstances.
Like I said, I devoured the book when I first got it but I have to admit it has been some years since I read it and I am interested in rereading it again.
The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (of The Lovely Bones) as Melanie/Wanda, Max Irons (of Red Riding Hood) as Jared and Jake Abel (of I Am Number Four) as Ian. I have to admit I love that the main characters are all played by actors(ress) who have starred in other books-to movie adaptations.
Some things to consider when reading/watching the film:
How does the first person narrative of the two main characters (Melanie and Wanda) translate from the book to the film? Do you think it works or is it just confusing?
What do you think about the change in the character of the seeker from the novel to the film?
What do you think of the casting of the characters? Are they believable or could it have been cast differently?
Overall thoughts and impressions?
I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!
As you may have noticed, Novel Reaction has not been posting as regularly as we usually do. All I can say is that sometimes life happens. Novel Reaction is a labor of love, goodness knows I don’t make any money off this site but I love books, I love talking about books, sharing about books and I especially love getting books in the mail. But despite that love, sometimes real life gets in the way of the things that we love. I (Jessica) am currently preparing to take the Arizona Bar (for the second time) next week, I had all these good intentions of having scheduled postings already done so you the reader wouldn’t notice but obviously that has not happened.
Not only have I been neck deep in legal textbooks, one of the main contributors (Jocee) has recently joined the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years. This means all those wonderful mystery reviews she used to provide have been put on the back burner while she adjusts to working and being mom to her three children (who are also big readers).
Another great contributor (Jillian) is a full-time college student, working two part-time jobs to pay for it and is now planning for her wedding this summer. Needless to say, she is a little busy right now and not reading as much as she used to. We are very excited for her.
What does all this mean for Novel Reaction? Well, after next week (when I will be trapped in a room with hundreds of other stressed out individuals) Novel Reaction will be back to regular postings but probably not as many (so one review a week instead of three). I am looking forward to bringing back the Books-to-Movie Challenge, so many great books to movies coming out this year including Beautiful Creatures, The Host, and Mortal Instruments. So please be patient with us as we adjust to our new life changes.
I was perusing the interwebs when I came across the new trailer for the movie adaptation of The Host by Stephanie Meyers, this led me to several other Young Adult novels that are getting the big screen adaptation so I thought I would share them with all of you. While I am not a Twilight fan (Bella is WAAYYY too whiny) I absolute love The Host and am very interested to see the film. Are there any books to movies that you are looking forward to?
We also get to look forward to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassadra Clare