It’s no secret that for the past few years now movie adaptations of books have been taking over Hollywood. The lineup for movie releases this winter is no different. Here are fives movies being released over the next few months that are based on books (graphic novels!). There’s definitely still time to read the books (and the graphic novel!) before the movies come out so get to you local bookstore (they sell graphic novels!) and pick one up!
1. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Movie Release: 11/01/13
In preparation for the next alien attack on futuristic Earth, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff and the International Military are training only the best young minds. Ender Wiggin, a shy but strategically brilliant young leader, is recruited to join. At Battle School, Ender quickly masters difficult challenges and wins respect from his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
2. The Book Thief, by Marc Zusak
Movie Release: 11/15/13
At the beginning of WWII, orphan Liesel arrives at the home of her new foster parents. After her foster father learns that she doesn’t know how to read, he teaches her. Liesel grows to love books, even rescuing one from a Nazi book-burning. Liesel and her new family’s situation becomes precarious when they secretly shelter a Jewish boy whose father once saved her foster father’s life.
3. Hunger Games: Catching Fire, by Suzann Collins
Movie Release: 11/22/13
Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. However it is short lived. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends again to embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. It is becoming more evident that Katniss is going to have to choose to take a role in the rebellion or face the consequences.
4. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, based on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Movie Release: 12/13/13
After successfully escaping the Misty Mountains – and encountering everyone’s favorite Hobbit-gone-Gollum, Bilbo, Gandalf and the dwarves continue on their question to take their gold back from the dragon, Smaug.
5. I, Frankenstein, based on the graphic novel of the same title by Kevin Grevioux.
Movie Release: 01/24/13
Set 200 years after Frankenstein creates his ‘monster’, in a dystopic present where gargoyles and demons wage battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein’s creation, Adam, finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality.