Dystopian fiction is here to stay, and at least through 2014, movies are jumping on board. See which of your favorite books are heading to the big screen.
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What book doesn’t dream of making it as the next big blockbuster like Twilight and The Hunger Games? With the rising popularity of these series, many are trying. 2014 has quite the impressive lineup of books-to-movies, and we’ll definitely be watching.
Likely to be more Oscar quality than summer blockbuster, this movie comes from the book based on the true story of Olympic runner and World War II survivor Louis Zamperini. As if that doesn’t scream, “Oscar” enough, Joel and Ethan Coen adapted the screenplay, and Angelina Jolie is directing.
Young-adult novel adaptations are taking over cinema, and Divergent is next in the line of heroine-fueled dystopian adventures. The film is set for release this March, and yes, we’ll be there — maybe for the midnight premiere.
The Best of Me
This film is less likely to be the next Twilight and more likely to be the next The Notebook. It comes from famed author Nicholas Sparks, of course. Bring on the misunderstood heartache and romance in this story of longing rediscovered.
This tops our list for most likely new Twilight. Vampire Academy is awesome! As a strong-willed, snarky teenager, Rose is a heroine to root for. Plus, her romance with Dimitri is as much Romeo and Juliet as it is Buffy.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
This movie will be quite the way to start off the New Year right. Based on popular Tom Clancy characters, Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) will be a nice filler for all you Bourne and Bond fans. Did we mention Chris Pine is starring?
This movie is going to be amazing. It’s probably the film I am most looking forward to in 2014 because I love the book so much. Plus, it’s been cast perfectly (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike lead). I can hardly contain myself.
Love reincarnated and a story of true love, this will be the movie to see on Valentine’s Day. The cast of A-listers is too long to list. Let’s just assume this movie will be well worth the ticket price.
Heaven is for Real
It’s about time this book became a movie! Based on the incredible true story of one little boy’s recounting of heaven, this is the feel-good movie of 2014. Whip out the tissues — you’re going to need them.
The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley is taking over young-adult books-to-movies. She’ll star as cancer survivor Hazel, who falls in love with fellow cancer patient Gus. The book has been hailed by some as the best YA novel of all time. Will the movie be able to hold a candle to the best-seller?
I don’t know why this movie hasn’t been made before. The Giver was popular long before dystopian fiction was a well-known category of Young Adult fiction. It’s a book that will live with you for years. Though the movie’s cast is a bit unexpected (Alexander Skarsgård and Taylor Swift are set to star), we still can’t wait to see the story come to life on-screen.