New Books to Movies Being Released Soon

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

John Carter Books-to-Movie Intro

Novel Reaction is excited to be once again doing the Books-to-Movie Challenge. This month we are going to be reading and watching John Carter by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Originally published as a serial novel in 1912, A Princess of Mars is the first book in the Barsoom series. There are eleven books in the series with the last one being published in 1943. The books are all public domain, meaning there are no rights retained by the author’s estate, so you can get the first book free here.

In the spring of 1866, John Carter, a former Confederate captain prospecting for gold in the Arizona hills, slips into a cave and is overcome by mysterious vapors. He awakes to find himself naked, alone, and forty-eight million miles from Earth—a castaway on the dying planet Mars. Taken prisoner by the Tharks, a fierce nomadic tribe of sixlimbed, olive-green giants, he wins respect as a cunning and able warrior, who by grace of Mars’s weak gravity possesses the agility of a superman. He also wins the heart of fellow-prisoner Dejah Thoris, the alluring, red-skinned Princess of Helium, whose people he swears to defend against their grasping and ancient enemy, the city-state of Zodanga.
John Carter first appeared in 1912 in the pages of The All-Story magazine and immediately entered the dream-life of American readers young and old. He was Edgar Rice Burroughs’s favorite among his many creations and remains a favorite of lovers of science fiction and fantasy everywhere. On the occasion of John Carter’s centenary, The Library of America invites readers to rediscover A Princess of Mars, the adventure-pulp classic that gave the world its first great interplanetary romance.

We are watching the 2012 version of the film starring Taylor Kitsch as John Carter, Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris and William Defoe as Tars Tarkas. The film also stars Mark Strong as Matai Shang, I have to admit that Mark Strong is one of my favorite villain actor, he was fabulous in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and The Green Latern (2011).

So pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn and let the fun begin!

The Host by Stephanie Meyers Trailer

While I am not a Twilight fan, I am a huge fan of The Host (I felt like Stephanie Meyers showed she could actually write in it) and the first teaser trailer has been released. Novel Reaction will be doing a Books-to-Movie Challenge on this film when it is finally released in 2013, until then enjoy this teaser of what is to come.

I Am Number Four Books-to-Movie Report

Did you read the book? Watch the movie? I know this posting is a little late but better late than never. Remember that this month’s Books-to-Movie Challenge is the 2011 version of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four is the first book in the Lorien Legacies.

I felt like the film got off to a bit of a rough start. John Smith’s character was supposed to be nondescript, never drawing attention to himself but the opening sequence of the film made John seem more like the most popular boy in school, not someone who was finally allowing himself to have some friends. That being said, I thought the film redeemed itself after John and Henri headed to Paradise.

I loved Alex Pettyfer as John Smith, after the opening scene he pulled off the slightly awkward teen who didn’t understand what was happening to him. The last two films I have seen with Alex Pettyfer has impressed me with his acting ability. While he is sexy, he doesn’t rely solely on his looks to pull off the character he is portraying.

The character of Sarah Hart I struggled with. I liked her in the novel, she wasn’t whiny, she tried to help John as much as possible and really wanted better things for her life. In the film she came off as weak and almost a useless accessories to John Smith, especially during the alien attack. I don’t know if it was the acting by Dianna Agron or just the way the script was written but I was very disappointed in the film version of Sarah.

One character I unexpectedly ended up liking was Mark James. He went from the typical dumb jock trying to intimidate and bully the new kid his ex-girlfriend liked to doing what he could to assist John to defeat the aliens and save his own life. I felt the film briefly touched upon this but I didn’t think it was fully portrayed in the film. I am sure some of that had to do with the time factor, never enough time in a film to fit in everything from the novel but it was one of my favorite elements in the novel.

The biggest difference between the novel and the film, of course, was the ending. The novel had a lot more Mogadorian warriors and descriptively detailed how they would steal the soul or essence of every living thing, leaving the area ravaged. However, I can understand how this would be difficult to portray in film (without costing a fortune in CGI costs) and felt like I Am Number Four ended on a climactic note.

Final thoughts, I liked both the film and the novel even though they were very different at the end. What did you think? Did you like one more than the other?