I love film adaptations of novels, if only because they are actual visualizations of what I’ve only been able to imagine, in my brain. Not to say that all film adaptations are faithful - or even successful - translations to the big screen, but with continuous improvements in film technology, and trends in the motion picture industry to give fans what they clamor for most, more often than not they are satisfying in their own way.
Here are some well-known teen titles with much anticipated film versions to be released in 2013.
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion in a few words is a teen zombie novel, but not like any ol’ zombie novel. It’s a romantic zombie novel! But before you start imagining all kinds of disturbing and eek-worthy situations, stop; it’s not that romantic. Marion’s debut novel is funny, at times scary (zombiefest - goose bumps guaranteed), and surprisingly … eloquent, considering the restless undead are supposed to have nothing going on cerebrally except for the ravening need to feed on the living. Think Romeo and Juliet, only Romeo likes his steaks rare. And human-shaped. And trying to escape. In theatres February 1.
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, is a teen supernatural drama told from the viewpoint of Ethan Wate. He meets a mysterious girl named Lena Duchannes whose family possesses strange, terrifying and wonderful gifts that are anything but human. The first in Garcia’s Caster series, it explores Ethan and Lena’s struggle to overcome the disparity between their two vastly different worlds, as well as an ancient Duchannes family curse, and Ethan’s own family secrets. In theatres February 14.
The Host by Stephenie Meyer (of Twilight fame) is listed as adult fiction but its characters and Meyer’s intimate and emotional narrative are easily accessible to older teens. Earth has been invaded by extraterrestrial entities that possess humans and take over their bodies. Wanderer, an invader, attempts to take over the body and mind of a young woman, Melanie Stryder, but is surprised to find powerful resistance and, even stranger, a bond, fueled by Melanie’s memories and will to find the man she loves. In theatres March 29.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, and follows Clary Fray as she discovers another invisible world existing alongside ours, that of Shadowhunters and demons, where people with deadly skills hunt dangerous unseen creatures. Invisible until Clary witnesses Shadowhunters slaying a demon in full sight, but no one else can see them except for Clary. Reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer only not as original or hilarious. In theatres August 23.
Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney, is a British novel for younger teens (although the original title for the British edition is The Spook’s Apprentice - love this title but oh well), and follows the exploits of Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is able to see the invisible beings all around - some benign, many not – and his apprenticeship with the man who fights the less friendly variety. In theatres Oct 18, under the title Seventh Son.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning sci-fi classic and a definite must-read if you enjoy the genre, or even if you just enjoy interesting characters and exciting, well-written conflict. Set in the distant future where Earth faces threats from an alien insectoid race, the story follows Andrew “Ender” Wiggin who is sent to an elite military-training school at a young age after exhibiting signs of advanced intelligence, fearless strategic inclinations, and most importantly a good heart. Pitted against other students, some much older than him, in zero-gravity “mock” battles to prepare them for the real thing, Ender has to deal with isolation, rivalry, and the secret plots of the school’s administrators, all centered on him. In theatres November 2013.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, is the sequel to The Hunger Games, and continues from where the first novel left off, with Katniss and Peeta returning home as the unheard of co-victors of the deadly Hunger Games tournament. The second book in the trilogy expands on the stirrings of rebellion against the Capitol, while Katniss and Peeta, preparing for the Victory Tour that will take them to all of the districts, strive to paint a picture as an enamored couple, with their lives and the lives of their loved ones at stake. In theatres November 22.
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