Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bestselling books turning into bestselling films? Maybe!

This blog is dedicated to the recent increase of Bestselling books being made into feature films... And I'm not talking about your Harry Potters and Twilights:

Let's see... Just off the top of my head, books that I have recently read that have movies OUT, in the WORKS, or in the "talks."

The Help- Lauryn Stockett
Room- Emma Donaghue
Perks of Being A Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
The Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
Unbroken- Laura Hillenbrand

The Help is in theaters now. The novel got rave reviews... Personally, it was one of the greatest books I've ever read. It gave you a personal, emotion, sometimes humorous look into the lives of the "Help," who were black maids in the early 1950's. Kathryn Stockett had a unique approach, seeing as the book revolved around a white woman writing a book about "The Help's" lives.

But how was the movie?
According to Rotten Tomatoes, 93% of people who saw The Help, liked it. Roger Ebert, famed film critic said, "...this is a good film, involving and wonderfully acted. I was drawn into the characters and quite moved, even though all the while I was aware it was a feel-good fable, a story that deals with pain but doesn't care to be that painful."

Most recently, with Unbroken, "Universal has optioned the film rights to Laura Hillenbrand’s latest non-fiction tale of triumph of the American spirit, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," according to Unbroken was another incredible story (that is TRUE). Narrated by the author, the book mainly follows Louis Zamperini, a rebellious child who happens to be an incredible runner. He makes it in the Olympic Games as a force to be reckoned with, and then gets drafted in the war. As he reluctantly agrees to fly the "Green Hornet" bomber plane to complete a mission, his plane crashes into the ocean. Everyone on the flight dies except for him and two others. The three of them float into oblivion on a small raft for 47 days. They battle Japanese attacks, sharks, starvation, heat, cold, salt wounds, and even the death of one of the men. The majority of the story, however, follows the torturous and heartbreaking four years as an American Prisoner of War in Japan, after the raft finally reaches land.

Perks of Being a Wallflower and Room are both currently in the works. Room, being a novel completely narrated by a 4-year-old, with the majority of the book taking place in a small room, I am VERY curious to see how they will make the film. The reason I am so excited about Perks is because of the cast. The film, that is set to release next year, has a star studded cast that includes: Emma Watson, Johnny Simmons, Paul Rudd, Logan Lerman. That said, I CAN'T WAIT.
The Hunger Games may be the most anticipated book-to-movie transition yet. That's all I'm going to say. If you haven't read the book, I suggest you do before the film comes out in 2012. Basically, The book, Narrated by Katniss Everdeen, takes place in a post-rebellion United States, now known as Panem. As a punishment to the people, the government (referred to as The Capital) holds the annual Hunger Games, where a boy and a girl, out of each of the 12 districts, fights in a bloody battle where only one person comes out alive. Forget about emotions or brutality, it's every man for himself.