Take 5: Crossing Over Adult Books to Movies in 2013
These days it seems like Hollywood is raiding YA fiction for it’s screenplays. We have Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, and Ender’s Game to look forward to, while every day it seems another news release screams another book has been optioned, sometimes even before the series is complete (*cough* Insurgent *cough*). So I thought that while we’re talking crossovers for teens, we could look at some adult books that are making their way onto the big screen that are defiantly going to be attracting teens.
|based on Carrie by Stephen King
Did you know they’re remaking Stephen King’s Carrie again? I didn’t until I had a teen who’s in LUV with horror movies come tell me all about it. Now, I am completely in love with the original with Sissy Spacek and John Travolta, and was *ahem* mildly upset at the TV remake (no matter what That Guy might say). The fact that it has Chloe Grace Moretz in it is making me think it’ll be worth travelling at least the few cities over to the $5 theater to see it.
|based on the Kick Ass graphic novels by Mark Millar
I love any and all things related to comics and graphic novels. I adored Kick Ass, and loved what they did with Hit Girl, while understanding the backlash of having this itty bitty thing acting out the violence of the part. However, my teens and I are SO THERE opening night.
|based on The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I read The Host when it came out, and always thought that there should be *more* to follow. My understanding was that it was a series. Was I wrong? And if so, did everyone miss it, because I cannot find any more books of the series anywhere. My teens are excited because it’s something else by Stephanie Meyer (as the poster has on it- so we know that it’s a little shaky).
|based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I will confess, once again: I HAVE NOT READ THE HOBBIT. In fact, I started The Hobbit, got frustrated with it, put it down, never picked it up, and didn’t read The Lord of the Rings books, either. That is not stopping me or the teens from seeing the now THREE PART movie saga that The Hobbit has turned into. However, I don’t think I’m going to track down one of the 48fps projector movieplexes- I have enough trouble with 3D.
|Based on World War Z by Max Brooks
So, assuming that we’re not all dead in 2012, somehow we’re going to be invaded by zombies in 2013. I haven’t read the book, none of my teens have read the book, but they saw the trailer when it popped up the other day on YouTube, and they want to see it just for the sheer number of zombies that are trying to eat Brad Pitt. I mean, really, if you haven’t seen the massive rush of zombies coming from all angles like water rushing from a burst pipe, then go here and look. Whatever you do, don’t make a candy eating game (teen version of drinking game) including the zombies because either a. everyone will miss out on the little bits of dialogue they’re going to have, or b. people will be so full they’ll be sick.
What book based movies are you and/or your teens looking forward to in 2013? Share in the comments below!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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