Twelve must-see book adaptations in 2014

2:00 pm EDT, January 9, 2014

Book adaptations have been all the rage on the big and small screen. 2014 is no exception and it has some amazing things to offer.

The Hypable staff selected their most anticipated book adaptations, whether it be for television or film.

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Winter’s Tale is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake (Colin Farrell), orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a young girl, who is dying.

The novel is lush and atmospheric, spanning two lifetimes. Winter’s Tale is part fairy tale, part Dicken’s novel as we follow Peter through his journey for true love. The trailer gives a solid look at Peter in New York City, past and present. It also hints at the themes of good and evil that run throughout the story.

Winter’s Tale releases February 14. – Jen Lamoureux

 


 
 

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The story follows Rose, a Dhampir, who is best friends with Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi. Lissa is the last of her family line and Rose believes it is her duty to protect her. The girls find themselves returned to St. Vladimir’s, a private school especially for Moroi and Dhampirs. Danger lurks around every corner and the girls have to navigate the social scene that is all too willing to destroy them.

Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch, Danila Kozlovsky and Lucy Fry. The movie is based on the best selling series The Vampire Academy written by Richelle Mead. The fans are patiently awaiting the arrival of this film written by Daniel Waters and directed by his brother Mark Waters. Could this be the perfect storm of mean girls meets vampires? Only time will tell.

Vampire Academy releases February 14. – Jen Lamoureux

 

 
 

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Divergent needs little introduction. Based on the first book in the series by Veronica Roth, the movie will shadow Tris as she makes her way from the gray and drab, ever-apologetic Abnegation faction, to the fearless and sometimes-cruel Dauntless faction. But it isn’t her decision that makes Tris dangerous, it’s the fact that she’s Divergent and doesn’t fit neatly into the various boxes the government has so nicely set up for everyone.

Shailene Woodley plays Tris, and she is joined by Theo James, who plays her on-screen romantic partner, Four. Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Maggie Q, and Ansel Elgort are just a few of the actors gracing us with their presence in this movie. Bound to be another large franchise, Divergent seems like it’ll be here for the long-haul.

Divergent releases on March 21. – Karen Rought
 

 


 
 

Mockingjay

Jennifer Lawrence returns to the screen in this third installment of The Hunger Games series. Katniss Everdeen has been sent into the Hunger Games twice – now it is her turn to fight back. After breaking out of the arena in Catching Fire, Katniss (Lawrence) must now face the consequences of her actions against The Capitol. As she reluctantly becomes the face of the rebellion, she knows that somewhere within The Capitol, her teammate Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) is suffering.

Based on the bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to be a thrilling ride, filled with the cliffhangers that made the original novels so enjoyable. Lawrence and Hutcherson are joined by Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Julianne Moore. There is no word as yet as to where Mockingjay will be split – regardless we won’t get to see the end of this story until Part 2 releases in 2015.
 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 releases November 21. – Marama Whyte

 

 
 

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The Maze Runner is based off the book of the same name by James Dashner. The story follows Thomas, a teen that wakes up not knowing anything about himself other than his first name. He comes to in a world that seems utterly unrealistic to us – full of mazes and monsters, where boys run their own village in order to stay alive – and is a catalyst for everything that changes following his arrival.

The Maze Runner is set to star Teen Wolf fan favorite actor Dylan O’Brien in the lead role. He will be joined by Kaya Scodelario, who plays opposite him as the mysterious Teresa. If this first film does well, it could launch a brand new franchise and rocket O’Brien even further into stardom.
 
The Maze Runner opens on September 19. – Karen Rought

 

 
 

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Based on the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne reports that his beautiful wife Amy has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior has everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the questionable husband and Rosamund Pike as the missing wife. There has only been one still released so far but if the movie turns out anything at all like the book, it will be amazing. David Fincher is directing and in recent years he has taken on the adaptation of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and brought the story of Facebook to life in The Social Network. Fincher’s story telling is a perfect fit for this thriller.

Gone Girl releases October 3. – Jen Lamoureux
 

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