Books on the Big Screen

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Many times, seeing the movie adaptation of a much-loved book can be disappointing. Important elements are left out or erroneously altered. The actors don’t portray the characters the way you saw them in your head.
But, occasionally, it’s just a fun way to fall back in love with the stories and characters all over again.

With the quantity of movies-based-on-books coming out in the next few months (U.S. release dates, to be specific), chances are we’re going to get a mixed bag of good ones and bad ones.

Here are a handful of the pending new releases that were based on novels to get us through the upcoming months of shorter days and longer nights.

“Cloud Atlas,” based on the novel by David Mitchell
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Boasting a cast of superstars such as Hugh Grant, Tom Hanks, and Susan Sarandan, “Cloud Atlas” has been getting a lot of buzz. The book, described as a nesting doll of stories, could be a bit confusing as you struggle to get your bearings. We’re curious to see how the movie handles the narrative of reincarnated characters spanning a broad spectrum of space and time.
In theaters on October 26.

“The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer
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Love it or hate it, it’s good to get closure. The last installment of the Twilight series is finally upon us, giving us one more opportunity to bask in the glow of sparkly vampires and bare-chested werewolves.
In theaters November 16.

“Anna Karenina,” based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy
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Offset any harm done by watching Twilight with the more substantive “Anna Karenina.” Saving a whole new generation of students the trouble (pleasure?) of reading the actual book.
In theaters November 16.

“Life of Pi,” based on the novel by Yann Martel
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The novel was the must-read book of 2002. And 2003.
We’re hoping that the film can enjoy some of the same popularity, but a lot depends on the performance of the tiger. We’ll see.
In theaters November 23.

“The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey,” based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien
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It’s been too many years since we visited Middle Earth. This highly anticipated prequel should happily fill an empty void, like rabbit stew for a hungry hobbit.
In theaters December 14.

All told, this collection represents some of our favorite books, so we’re hoping that it will also make for a great movie-watching season.

Which ones will you be seeing? Any other books you wish they’d make a movie of?

 

 

 

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