Read it before it hits theaters…

This fall and winter, if you go to a movie, there is a good chance that it was adapted from a children’s or young adult novel.  This means that you might want to read up before you head to the theater.  Here are some of the books that will soon be feature films. (Trailers and info below!)

The Giver (August 15, 2014)


Lowis Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Award winning book is finally coming to theaters.  Die-hard fans have been critical of the casting (Jonas was 12-years-old in the book, his age was changed to 16 in the movie, and the actor playing him was 24-years-old during filming), the pumped up romance, and the use of color in the trailer (the community in The Giver cannot see color).  Coming out this Friday, I’m sure many fans of the book will ignore the potential problems, and make the time to see this classic interpreted on screen.

If I Stay (August 22, 2014)

The adaptation of Gayle Forman’s 2009 young adult novel about 17-year-old Mia, who must decide if she will continue living or let herself die after a horrific car accident.  This tear-jerker, staring Chloë Grace Moretz  might rival this spring’s The Fault in Our Stars in the sadness factor.  Bring tissues.

The Maze Runner (September 19, 2014)

You might be saying, “another dystopian sci-fi?” And you’d be right!  But this fast-paced, exciting story is perfect for adaptation to the big screen.

Here Be Monsters!  (September 26, 2014)

The Boxtrolls is an animated feature based on Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters!  Featuring a great cast (Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, and Toni Collette) and animation that fits with the spirit of Snow’s spirited book.  But just because there is a movie doesn’t mean that you should skip out on the fun and well-illustrated book.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (October 10, 2014)

I remember seeing trailers for 2009’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs adaptations, and instantly rolling my eyes.  How would they possibly take a short picture book and turn it into a full length film?  And how could it possibly be good?  But I actually really enjoyed that movie and thought that they did a good job of using the spirit of the book to write a new story.  So, I’m going to reserve judgement for Alexander until I see it (or at least read reviews).

You can also look forward to the third of the four Hunger Games movies, Mockingjay, to be released on November 21st and  the second installment of the The Hobbit to come to theaters on December 17, 2014.

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