Movies I can’t wait for…

Published June 27, 2013 by christinenorris

Summer, for me, started this week.  And now I have 8 weeks of free time. Well, not free. I still need to write a book, and work on another book, and clean my house, and all the boring other adult stuff I’ve been putting off, like seeing the eye doctor.  I love to read (duh), but I also LOVE movies. I have a deep and abiding affection for well-told stories on screen. I even like movies adapted from books, if they’re good. I have two racks of DVD’s (and now blu-ray; I caved for Hubby’s birthday and bought a player), AND I have subscriptions to Netflix AND Amazon video.

I try not to get too attached to the books when I see these movie adaptations, because I KNOW they won’t be as good as the book. It just won’t happen. There are two movies this summer that I just can’t wait to see, because they are based on two of my favorite books.

Yeah, I know, this is going to be a Thanksgiving movie (that weekend will be jam-packed for me, what with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary show and the new season of Sherlock. I may need help getting up from a sitting position after all that.).

I LOVE the Hunger Games trilogy. Serious love. It’s up there with Harry Potter and a Wrinkle in Time as my fav books of all time. And I LOVE the HP movies. I was mildly disappointed in the Hunger Games movie, though. It was great for what it was, but they missed a huge opportunity by dumping the Mayor’s daughter character and having Katniss find the pin in the market (sorry if I spoiled you, the movie’s been out a while now, though). Her emotional connection to the pin was what drives a huge part of what comes after — especially in Book 3. So I wonder how they’re going to deal with that when they get there. But anyway, I am still looking forward to the movie.

I actually snagged this poster at Balticon. Squee! I actually haven’t finished reading this series yet, but I have read the first two or three. Mostly because I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Infernal Devices series (I have a thing for Steampunk) and wanted to read this one too. I am really looking forward to how they deal with this book, and I hope it’s good enough that they make the rest of the movies and don’t leave us hanging like they did with Percy Jackson, though The Lightning Thief movie was rather poor compared to the book. My son loved it though.

All this talk of movies makes me want to watch one…let’s see, what can I pop into the player…

Which movies are you looking forward to most in the next few months? How do you feel about book-to-movie adaptations?

 

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5 comments on “Movies I can’t wait for…

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  • There are two movies that I am really excited about. First off, my wife and I are HUGE Del Toro fans so we’ll be there for Pacific Rim opening night. We loved Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy 2, and Blade 2 so we’re so very much on board. As for me specifically, I am most excited about Elysium. Neil Blomkamp rocking my face mighty hard with District 9 and I used to chat with him on some forums before he made it big. His short films were amazing. I look forward to seeing what he can do with a budget.

    As for film adaptations of movies, I tend to have mixed feelings. First off, I recognize that a majority of modern narrative is expressed in visual language, and modern books showcase that by having transitions and descriptions that are visually based. A lot of Young Adult seems to focus on producing a picture in the mind of the reader. They lend to movies very well.

    There are a couple books that made FABULOUS movies and I’d even venture that the film adaptation was BETTER than the book (perhaps because the film maker had time to meditate on the story and improve it somehow).

    Movies that improved the story: Lord of the Rings, Fight Club, Watchmen, Road to Perdition, Shawshank Redemption, and Cloud Atlas all come to mind.

    Movies that MURDERED the story: I am Legend, I Robot, 13th Warrior (Eaters of the Dead) , Conan, Four Feathers, and … well, more than can be counted.

    There are some books that just feel like they can’t be filmed. The Road is an impressive film, but it is impossible to translate the novel’s minimalism over into film. I have to say, though, that the BEST FILM ADAPTATION EVER would be Gary Sinise’s Of Mice and Men. That is just the best book to film translation I have ever seen.

  • I loved LOTR movies too, I think they did a great job. I didn’t actually read Shawshank, but I love that movie. Cloud Atlas is something I was thinking about reading, but maybe I’ll just see the movie.

    I did NOT watch The Road. I had to read the book for a course, and it was so disturbing that I couldn’t bring myself to watch the movie. The same with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Clockwork Orange was such a disturbing movie I will probably NEVER pick up the book.

  • Funny thing with Clockwork Orange… the author was so BOTHERED by his own novel as an endorsement for rape and random violence that he had an introspective ending where whatshisname had moved on and had a wife and kids!

    It was tacked on. And obvious. So it never was even considered for the movie!

    But please see Cloud Atlas. I totally cried.

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